How to Reheat Popeyes Turkey? 5 Methods Explained

How to Reheat Popeyes Turkey

Popeyes turkey is a welcomed meat addition to your table any time of the year, but it is extremely popular during pumpkin season. When it comes to this delicious lusty pleasure, you can easily get carried away and buy more than you can eat in one sitting, no matter how hungry you are. Luckily, Popeyes turkey bounces right back after being refrigerated or frozen. So, how to reheat Popeyes turkey? 

You can reheat Popeyes turkey in the oven, on the stove, in the air fryer, in the microwave, or on the grill. Each method has ups and downs, but each one works well if you are well-informed. 

As easy as it seems, reheating Popeyes turkey can sometimes go south and give results opposite of what you had hoped for. Your Popeyes turkey can turn out too dry if you aren’t careful. So, to save you trouble, I will explain each reheating method and how it works in this article.

How to Reheat Popeyes Turkey in Microwave? 

Reheating Popeyes turkey in the microwave is a great way to give it back its former glory. However, the downside is that the air in the microwave is a bit more on the moist side. Therefore, your turkey may turn out a little soggy. 

Luckily, your Popeyes turkey will easily absorb the extra moisture, even if it turns out soggy. Still, there is a way to prevent this from happening in the first place. You can place a cotton or paper kitchen towel on the microwave plate and put the Popeyes turkey on it. 

Also, it helps a lot if you microwave slices instead of pieces. So, if you are reheating a drum or a breast, slice it up and place it on the towel. 

Start the rehearing cycle for one minute. Check the Popeyes turkey after the first cycle and pop it back again if you are not entirely satisfied with the results. Set each next cycle at 30 seconds and check the turkey after each one. 

Your Popeye’s turkey, reheated this way, goes best with baked potatoes or a bowl of rice. It also works great, served with eggs if you want to have it for breakfast or grilled vegetables for lunch. 

How to Reheat Popeyes Turkey in Air Fryer? 

The air fryer is one of the best reheating methods for Popeyes turkey. It results in crispy and delicious meat, not too dry or moist. 

This method works with both chunks and slices, but I recommend slices as the hot air penetrates the meat more easily. 

However, the downside of this method is that the air fryer tray may not fit the entire turkey amount you need to reheat, and you may need to repeat the process twice. 

Before placing the meat in the air fryer, cover it with oil-sprayed parchment paper. Place the turkey inside and set the temperature to medium. Set the timer to five minutes and check the turkey after this period is over. 

You will probably need another five minutes, but it is safer to split the ten minutes in half and do two five-minute cycles. 

Your air fryer Popeyes turkey goes best with fries, bacon, bread slices, and salads. This method is among the ones that offer the most versatile results. 

How to Reheat Popeyes Turkey

How to Reheat Popeyes Turkey in the Oven? 

The oven is the best way to reheat Popeyes turkey. It fits the entire thing inside, so it makes no difference whether you reheat an entire turkey or leftovers. 

The downside is this method takes the longest, about 15-20 minutes at about 150 °C or 300 °F, and you need an additional ten minutes to preheat the oven too. Otherwise, the oven method is probably the easiest too. You just need to pop the turkey on the baking tray and let it warm up. 

You can serve your oven-reheated turkey with anything you like, as the taste offers countless options. You can serve it with fries, salads, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, cheeses, mixed vegetables, pumpkin soup, or any other sides you like during pumpkin season. 

How to Reheat Popeyes Turkey

How to Reheat Popeyes Turkey on Stove?

Reheating Popeyes turkey on the stove yields great results in terms of taste, but it is the riskiest method of all. Your Popeyes turkey can easily stick to the skillet if you aren’t careful enough. 

To reheat your Popeyes turkey on the stove, you must use a non-stick skillet, and even then, you must always be present. Oil the skillet and place the turkey on it. Even though there are some large skillets, I doubt you will find one that can fit an entire turkey. 

So, cut or slice the Popeyes turkey before reheating it on the stove. Once you’ve placed the meat on the skillet, let it sizzle and mi every few minutes. Don’t preheat the plate that way; you risk your Popeyes turkey sticking. 

Since the time you will need to reheat your Popeyes turkey depends on the stove type, strength, and speed, I can’t say an exact period, but don’t leave it for more than 20 minutes. 

Reheated this way, your Popeyes turkey goes best with fried sides, such as fries, fried vegetables, and cheeses. It also goes great in and with salads, as well as soups. 

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How to Reheat Popeyes Turkey on Grill?

Your Popeye turkey will get a very seductive smoky side, typical for grilled food, enhancing the other flavors included in the meat. If you want to reheat an entire Popeyes turkey, this method won’t work, so use it only when you have leftovers. Otherwise, this method gives delicious results. 

Pop the slices on the grill and let them sizzle for a few minutes. Turn them over and allow them to cook for another few minutes. No more than five minutes on each side. 

Serve your grilled Popeyes turkey with grilled vegetables, baked or fried potatoes, grilled peppers, onions, soups, or salads. 

How to Reheat Popeyes Turkey

How to Reheat Popeyes Turkey?

Laura from Julie’s Cafe Bakery
Popeyes turkey bounces right back after being refrigerated or frozen so let's see how to reheat it.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 100 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • Leftover Popeyes turkey

Instructions
 

In Microwave

  • Start the rehearing cycle for one minute. Check the Popeyesturkey after the first cycle and pop it back again if you are not entirely satisfied with the results. Set each next cycle at 30 seconds and check the turkey after each one. 

In Air Fryer

  • Before placing the meat in the air fryer, cover it with oil-sprayed parchment paper. Place the turkey inside and set the temperature to medium. Set the timer to five minutes and check the turkey after this period is over. 
    You will probably need another five minutes, but it is safer to split the ten minutes in half and do two five-minute cycles. 

In The Oven

  • You just need to pop the turkey on the baking tray and let it warm up, for about 15-20 minutes at 150 °C or 300 °F.

On Stove

  • To reheat your Popeyes turkey on the stove, you must use a non-stick skillet, and even then, you must always be present. Oil the skillet and place the turkey on it. Even though there are some large skillets, I doubt you will find one that can fit an entire turkey. 
    So, cut or slice the Popeyes turkey before reheating it on the stove. Once you've placed the meat on the skillet, let it sizzle and mi every few minutes. Don't preheat the plate that way; you risk your Popeyes turkey sticking and don't leave it for more than 20 minutes. 

On Grill

  • Pop the slices on the grill and let them sizzle for a few minutes. Turn them over and allow them to cook for another few minutes. No more than five minutes on each side. 

Nutrition

Serving: 3ozCalories: 100kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 15gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 520mgIron: 4mg
Keyword How to Reheat Popeyes Turkey, Popeyes Turkey

  • Laura is the owner of Julie's Cafe Bakery. She started this blog with her grandma Julie who introduced her to the amazing world of cooking. She likes to experiment with different flavors, and her favorite flavors combo is chicken with coconut milk, curry and peanuts!