Reheating food.

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    Nov 18, 2009 5:27 PM GMT
    How do you reheat grilled chicken so that it does not lose its already bland taste? Whenever I reheat it in the microwave it comes out drier than ever and smelling horrible.
    Any alternative healthy cooking methods that could help?


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  • MikemikeMike

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    Nov 19, 2009 2:37 AM GMT
    Try trowing it in a skillet, or in the oven for a few minutes. If it's bland marinate it. I make awesome chicken!
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    Nov 19, 2009 4:28 PM GMT
    Sprinkle a little olive oil or water drops on the food, wrap it in clear plastic, throw it in the microwave, and presto!........moist and marvelous!
  • calibro

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    Nov 19, 2009 4:42 PM GMT
    steam it
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    Nov 19, 2009 4:48 PM GMT
    MikemikeMike saidTry trowing it in a skillet, or in the oven for a few minutes. If it's bland marinate it.

    Actually, that's good advice....
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    Nov 19, 2009 4:48 PM GMT
    A trick that a friend taught me was to put water in a shot glass and toss it in with bread, fries, whatever have you and it keeps food from getting all nasty in the microwave. Try that?
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    Nov 19, 2009 4:49 PM GMT
    Moisture.
  • scionguy

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    Nov 19, 2009 8:47 PM GMT
    Add some chicken or vegetable stock to a small pan (preferably with a lid) and heat the chicken on the stove top. Doesn't take that much longer than the microwave, but helps cut down on the rubber-like quality that can happen as well as adding some flavor.

    You can also add some vegetables to the liquid and do a complete meal in one pan.
  • cbrock

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    Dec 23, 2009 5:40 AM GMT
    never microwave something to reheat it. it rarely turns out well. I recommend the oven, or at least a toaster oven. sure, it takes a little longer, but the flavor is much better
  • GoodPup

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    Dec 27, 2009 11:25 PM GMT
    Well its definitely not healthy... and not sure if it works for chicken. But in the Food Network magazine I read for overcooked roast beef you can heat a pot of butter and lit your meat simmer for 5 minutes in there to make it really moist again.

    Now... you'd be wasting a pound or so of butter... and not sure if it works on chicken... and you'd definitely be a worthy contestant for the Biggest Loser if you made a habit out of that... but maybe if you were to sautee it in sa little butter or oil for that moisture it would do something similar.
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    Dec 27, 2009 11:30 PM GMT
    I'm going to assume you've got some sorta plastic, microwave safe, containers with a lid somewhere. Stick your chicken in there with a little water, or even some olive oil, and nuke it for a bit.

    Invest in a cheap thermometer.

    Temp the chicken until it hits 165. Any higher and you've over heated it, and it's gonna be dry.


    KissingPro saidSprinkle a little olive oil or water drops on the food, wrap it in clear plastic, throw it in the microwave, and presto!........moist and marvelous!


    Don't do this.
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    Dec 28, 2009 11:46 PM GMT
    microwave hypercooks things where in a matter of minutes any part of the meat that was left as less cooked is robbed all of its moisture.

    Ideally, you should not microwave chicken. Try heating inthe oven in a metal pan with very little water to keep it moist. If you're going to cover it, cover it with something oven proof.

    If you must microwave, then put it on a deep plate, put tiny bit of water, and cover it with plastic sheet but make sure the plastic does not make contact with your food.

    Never microwave on styrofoam containers from food stores, or plastic lunch boxes, tupperware things even if they say they're microwave safe. When they say microwave safe they mean: IT DOES NOT MELT, and not "It does not leach all sorts of chemicals onto your food".

    I also have a weird superstitious belief that microwave actually changes the nature of the food -- at least the way our bodies perceive it. I believe that anything you microwave is picked up as carb by your body because it is so damaged at a lower cellular level....

    but hey that's just my superstition....
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    Jan 04, 2010 4:27 PM GMT
    Another idea is to put it on a piece of foil, pour some soy souce (or if you like, any other sauce) over it, wrap it well, put it on a plate (in case the juices start coming out) and heat it up.
  • Neon_Dreams

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    Jan 04, 2010 4:30 PM GMT
    I prefer the gas stovetop for reheating food... A microwave is my last resort.


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    Jan 04, 2010 4:34 PM GMT
    Amongst the evils, pains and harsh realities of life, microwave-heated food does not register on the radar. This subject does not require a thread.
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    Jan 04, 2010 4:37 PM GMT
    It sounds to me that it was inedible the first time it was cooked.
    Microwave any meat and it will turn to rubber by the time its safely hot enough to eat.
    If you have to reheat chicken try a quarter inch of broth,water or white wine in the bottom of a pot with a lid.Heat the liquid to a boil,add chicken,cover,reduce heat and steam until hot in the center.