Leftover chicken can be delicious. But a microwave or oven can dry out a most meal. The heat used to warm up the chicken also evaporates the moisture in the meat. Fortunately, whether reheating in the microwave or in the oven, there are several things you can do to keep the moisture locked inside. In the mean time, keep your leftovers stored in the refrigerator and covered with a lid, aluminum foil or plastic wrap to keep the chicken as moist as possible.

Warm Up Chicken in the Microwave

Put the chicken in a microwave-safe dish.

Wet a paper towel and spread it over the chicken.

Cover the container with microwave-safe plastic wrap, and poke one set of holes in the plastic with a fork. Or, cover the microwave safe dish loosely with a lid.

Microwave the chicken until it is hot and steaming.

Warm Up Chicken in the Oven

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Place the chicken in an oven save dish. De-bone the chicken and separate the meat if possible for more even heating.

Sprinkle the chicken with water.

Wet a paper towel and spread it over the chicken.

Cover the dish with aluminum foil and place it in the oven. The chicken will be warm in three to 10 minutes depending on the size of the meal. If you can smell cooked chicken, its probably warm.

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Based in Houston, Texas, Meg Butler is a professional farmer, house flipper and landscaper. When not busy learning about homes and appliances she's sharing that knowledge. Butler began blogging, editing and writing in 2000. Her work has appered in the "Houston Press" and several other publications. She has an A.A. in journalism and a B.A. in history from New York University.