Wondering how to reheat chicken alfredo? That pasta made of chicken breasts, heavy cream, parmesan-Reggiano cheese, and fettuccine noodles?
Well, today I am going to share with you the best way to do this so you can enjoy your super delicious meal a second time instead of throwing away that leftover pasta.
Now before I go over how you can warm up your leftover fettuccine alfredo, I should give you a heads up and let you know that I will be sharing all the different ways you can reheat your chicken alfredo so that you can have the best results. Okay now that we’ve got that all out of the way, it’s time for you to choose the best method for your family.
Reheating Chicken Alfredo in the Microwave
I love using the microwave to reheat meals except for fries. Fries do not love being microwaved if you want them crispy. Check out my post How to Reheat Fries if you want to find out the best methods to pull this off. If you have less time on your hands, then try the microwave to warm up your creamy chicken alfredo.
So you’ve decided to try the microwave method and warm up your bowl of goodness. Now it’s time to follow the steps below.
- Remove your leftovers from their airtight container and empty them into a microwave-safe bowl.
- Add about a tablespoon of water to your dish and stir.
- Seal your glass bowl or microwave-safe dish with plastic wrap and place a few holes to allow for the steam to escape.
- Reheat in one-minute intervals. Two or three times should do it.
- Add a few drops of water if your pasta sauce is not creamy enough and then stir again.
- Continue until your pasta is nice and warm. Serve
How to Reheat Chicken Alfredo: Using the oven method
Some say that this is the easiest method. In order to ensure that you still have the original creamy texture of your favorite dish, follow the step by step instructions below.
- Get an oven-safe dish and empty your creamy pasta aka your chicken alfredo
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
- Add a little water to the baking dish and stir. This helps to restore the moisture during the reheating process.
- Cover your leftover noodles with some aluminum foil.
- Reheat your leftover alfredo sauce and noodles in 2 10-minute cycles. This means that you warm up your leftovers for ten minutes and then remove the dish from the oven. Then you give it a good stir and place it in the oven again for the final 10 minutes. Do not simply reheat your chicken alfredo for 20 minutes without the intervals.
- Remove your dish from the oven and serve.
Warming up Your Chicken Alfredo on the Stove
Maybe you’ve decided that the oven and the microwave methods are not for you. No worries, let’s grab a small saucepan (or a large pot if you need it) and get to cooking.
Did you know that some say that this is the most effective method? It’s because using the stovetop is a slow method that uses a combo of high heat and medium heat. This slow heating process allows for your cream sauce to stay thick and creamy.
- Empty your leftover fettuccine into the pot.
- Add a bit of water or even a tablespoon of milk, and stir your noodles to prevent your meal from being too dry.
- Set your stove to your desired temperature, warm up your food, and stir occasionally.
- Once your cheese sauce starts bubbling, reduce to medium-low heat. This causes your sauce to thicken.
- Once your food is all warmed up, remove it from the stove.
- Serve and enjoy.
The double boiler method
Okay, I have to say this right off the bat, this method is the slowest method for warming up any of your favorite pasta dishes because it does not use a direct heat source. High temperatures cause the traditional alfredo sauce to separate. But since I promised to share all the possible ways to warm up your chicken alfredo, let’s proceed.
- Gather 2 bowls, the first bowl for your leftovers and the second to hold the first bowl.
- Get a large pot and add fill only half of the pot with water. You can also use a large skillet.
- Next place your second bowl inside the pot.
- Then nest your bowl with the chicken alfredo inside the empty dish
- Remove once your pasta is heated through.
How to Reheat Chicken Alfredo Tips
Now that I’ve shared the different methods to warm up your alfredo pasta, it’s time for a few tips to ensure that whatever easy method you choose works.
- Instead of water, you can always add a bit of chicken broth to your noodles and then stir.
- Be sure to respect those intervals to ensure that your food does not dry out because of too much heat.
- Always store your leftover alfredo in a microwave-safe container or any airtight dish.
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- If you can, try to freeze your chicken alfredo if you will not be eating it the following day. When you are ready to eat it, remove your frozen alfredo from the freezer the night before.
- If you have zero airtight containers you can easily use a freezer-safe ziplock bag.
- You can also use the double boiler method to reheat homemade alfredo sauce for any type of pasta.
- Don’t forget to check out our other leftover posts!
What do you think the easiest way to reheat chicken alfredo is? Let me know