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Smoked chicken makes an excellent meal when you first prepare it. It also provides great leftovers when you warm it up later. Adding smoke to chicken not only enhances the flavor, but smoking a chicken extends its shelf life as well. You can safely freeze and store smoked chicken for up to half a year. By reheating smoked chicken properly, you can enjoy the same moist, tender bird that you experienced the first time around.

Remove the smoked chicken from the freezer or refrigerator.

Remove the chicken from any plastic or paper wrappingyou may have used to store the chicken.

Wrap the chicken in heavy-duty aluminum foil, leaving a small opening at one end.

Pour a tablespoon of water through the opening in the aluminum foil.

Close the opening by squeezing the edges of the foil together tightly.

Heat your oven to 325 degrees.

Place the smoked chicken in the oven. The water in the foil wrapper keeps the meat most and allows steam to heat the chicken faster. Check the temperature of the chicken periodically using a clean meat thermometer.

Remove the chicken when its internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.


To ensure the quality of leftover smoked chicken, wrap it in sturdy packaging before freezing. Use plastic wrap, heavy-duty aluminum foil or even a plastic bag. This will help prevent air from reaching the food.

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