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Old 06-21-2020, 11:33 AM
 
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I feel like this is a crazy question and that it can't be done, but it never hurts to ask. I tried Google, but I can't find anything like I am thinking to do.

I was out of town most of the weekend and just drove back today. I stopped about an hour from my home at a place I know has fried that I like chicken. I ordered a few pieces of fried tenders and left. The plan was to have them for dinner tonight.

I just noticed that the restaurant gave me a spicy version of their fried chicken. I tried a piece and it's way too spicy for my liking. A little spice is okay, but this overpowers the chicken flavor and is all I can taste. I really wanted regular chicken (and the place is too far away to go back). I think most of the spice is in the breading.

I am thinking of scraping the breading off, re-breading it, and frying it again to heat it up (just enough to heat it up and make the outside crispy again). Has anyone ever done anything like this and do you have any tips? I am hoping that won't dry it out too much or make the chicken tough.

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Old 06-21-2020, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Old 06-21-2020, 06:48 PM
 
Location: N.Sierra Nevadas (California)
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You could probably pull the breading off & make chicken salad, but I would not cook it again.
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Old 06-21-2020, 07:14 PM
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Repurpose the chicken, but don't redo the breading and fry.

WARNING! When you strip the chicken of breading you might be shocked by the actual size of the meat.
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Old 06-21-2020, 09:14 PM
 
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Thanks for the tips. I had a feeling recooking it wouldn't work. But there are tricks to cooking that I don't know, so I figured it didn't hurt to ask.
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Old 06-21-2020, 09:23 PM
 
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I just noticed that the restaurant gave me a spicy version of their fried chicken. I tried a piece and it's way too spicy for my liking. A little spice is okay, but this overpowers the chicken flavor and is all I can taste. I really wanted regular chicken (and the place is too far away to go back). I think most of the spice is in the breading.

I am thinking of scraping the breading off, re-breading it, and frying it again to heat it up (just enough to heat it up and make the outside crispy again). Has anyone ever done anything like this and do you have any tips? I am hoping that won't dry it out too much or make the chicken tough.

Personally, I would reheat it by covering the chicken with a mild BBQ sauce or a chicken gravy.
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Old 06-21-2020, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Troy, NY
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Personally, I would reheat it by covering the chicken with a mild BBQ sauce or a chicken gravy.
This is the best course of action other than cutting the chicken for a salad.
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Old 06-22-2020, 12:53 AM
 
Location: Florida
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I have used leftover already cooked chicken , breaded and fried it...came out great.
Since the breading will crisp up fast and the meat only needs heating,I fried it hotter and faster than if raw...couple of minutes.
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Old 06-22-2020, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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Thanks for the tips. I had a feeling recooking it wouldn't work. But there are tricks to cooking that I don't know, so I figured it didn't hurt to ask.
dip the tenders in blue cheese dressing to offset the spice
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Old 06-23-2020, 02:37 PM
 
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I figured I would give everyone an update just in case you were wondering how things went.

The first night I just heated the tenders up in a toaster oven after scraping off about half of the breading. Then I put honey on top and ate them that way. They were still a little too spicy, but they were good (I love hot honey chicken).

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I have used leftover already cooked chicken , breaded and fried it...came out great.
Since the breading will crisp up fast and the meat only needs heating,I fried it hotter and faster than if raw...couple of minutes.
After I ate the hot honey dinner I saw this post. I still had chicken left for another meal so tonight I scraped all the breading off, dipped the tenders in egg, rolled them in corn meal and flour, dipped in egg again, rolled, and then heated them up for about 5 minutes in hot oil to fry them a little.

They were actually pretty good. They were a little on the dry side, but not like you might expect. I loved them.

Thanks for the help!
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