How to Reheat Chicken Tenders in the Oven

Afraid to put your leftover chicken tenders in the fridge because you’re worried they’ll get soggy? Have no fear! You can easily reheat your chicken tenders in the oven and make them nice and crispy again. While you can technically eat cold chicken, it’s just not as good as a hot and crispy chicken tender.

The trick to reheating chicken tenders in the oven? Allow airflow all around them.

Confused? Read on for an explanation.

The Reheating Process

Step 1: Take your chicken tenders out of the fridge for about 30 minutes before you want to reheat them. Room temperature chicken reheats more evenly.

Step 2: While your chicken tenders are out of the fridge, preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure you set your oven rack in the center of your oven before you turn it on!

Step 3: Place your chicken tenders on an oven-safe wire rack, and set the rack on top of a baking sheet.

Step 4: Bake the chicken until it has reached an internal temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit, about 10 minutes. 

Tip: If your chicken tenders start to burn on the outside, and they’re still cool on the inside, place a piece of foil lightly over the tenders. This will ensure the outer layer doesn’t burn, while still allowing in heat.

Placing your chicken tenders on the wire rack allows for hot air to flow around them, resulting in an even crisp all around. If you place your chicken tenders directly onto the baking sheet, you may end up with a soggy underside.

Don’t want to go through the process of preheating your oven? You can either use an air fryer (with foil!) or place your tenders in the oven on a convection setting at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes. Enjoy!