Leftover holiday turkey is always abundant after a holiday feast. Learn how to reheat leftover turkey in your air fryer or Ninja Foodi so it stays moist and tender to maximize your leftovers!
The holiday season brings lots of food, but also lots of leftovers. There are so many recipes out there showing you what you can make with leftover turkey, but before you can make anything you need to warm up the turkey first.
❔Can you reheat leftover turkey in the air fryer?
Yes! you can safely reheat leftover turkey in the air fryer after the holidays. This air fryer turkey reheating guide provides step-by-step instructions, so you can use that holiday bird without any food waste!
Using your air fryer will allow you to reheat turkey fast and easy. The circulating dry heat works quickly and around all surfaces which a traditional oven doesn’t do.
It’s also a great way to reheat individual sized portions of turkey for lunch or meal prep!
🦃 How To Reheat Turkey Breast In Air Fryer
1️⃣ To ensure that your turkey gets reheated properly, you’ll need something to keep it moist. You can use turkey broth or even water mixed with a bit of gravy. Vegetable or chicken broth works well and you can even use some water.
2️⃣ First, you want to take the leftover turkey out of the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes. This will take the chill off of the meat and allow it to be warmed properly without seizing up.
3️⃣ Next, preheat your air fryer to 325F. This will help start the air flow so your turkey gets reheated quickly. Preheat for 3-5 minutes.
4️⃣ If you’re reheating a small portion of turkey, add it to layer of foil, then pour 1/4 cup of broth over top. Seal the foil completely to make a foil packet that will keep the steam inside.
5️⃣ If you have a larger portion of turkey to reheat, consider placing it in an oven safe baking dish that will fit comfortably in your air fryer basket. Simply add the turkey to the bottom, then pour the broth over top. Tightly seal the dish over top with alumium foil.
6️⃣ Add the foil packet or the foil-sealed baking dish to the preheated air fryer and set the timer to cook for 8-10 minutes per pound of meat. You may have to guess how much meat you have but a good estimate is that a palmful or 3 big turkey breast slices is usually half a pound.
7️⃣ Once the timer is up, remove from the air fryer basket. Carefully pull back the foil as steam will have built up inside. It will be warm and tender and ready to eat!
🍗 How To Reheat Turkey Legs and Wings In Air Fryer
The instructions to reheat turkey legs and wings other pieces are slightly different than reheating turkey breast, but are still fast and easy!
1️⃣ Remove your turkey legs and wings from the fridge and let them sit on the counter for 12-15 minutes to take off the chill.
2️⃣ In the last few minutes while its resting, preheat the air fryer to 325F. for 3-5 minutes.
3️⃣ Place the turkey legs and/or wings in the preheated air fryer for 10 minutes per pound. Every 5-6 minutes, flip with tongs for even cooking. If the skin looks like it may get burned, cover the legs or wings for the second half of the reheating time.
4️⃣ Once reheated, remove with tongs and serve while hot.
🐔 This method will also work for reheating leftover chicken!
How To Reheat Leftover Turkey In Air Fryer
- Air Fryer or Ninja Foodi
- 1 pound Leftover turkey Breast
- 1 pound Turkey Legs or Wings
- ¼ cup Turkey Broth or veggie, chicken, or water