The Ideal Way To Reheat A Chick-Fil-A Sandwich

As many of us have found out the hard way, fast food doesn't always reheat well. If you have leftover french fries, you might as well just toss them in the garbage, especially if you don't have an air fryer. After all, who wants to eat a cold, soggy fry?

That being said, certain fast food items can be revived more successfully than others. Given the proper treatment, a Chick-fil-A sandwich has the potential to be restored to an almost-as-good-as-new state. First, you need to completely disassemble the sandwich, so you can attend to each component in an optimal manner.

While you work on reheating your bun and chicken patty, store your pickles and other condiments (that you hopefully ordered on the side) in the fridge. To revive the bun, toast it just long enough to warm it all the way through. Ideally, you should place your chicken patty on a tray and cook in the oven at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for up to 20 minutes, but if you're too hungry to wait for the oven, you can wrap the chicken loosely in a paper towel and use the microwave.

The most critical part of reviving day-old Chick-fil-A: the wrapper

Although we don't usually think of fast food wrappers as being a crucial part of the experience, they do serve an important role. Many restaurant chains actually use foil-lined wrappers for their sandwiches and burgers — the foil not only helps retain moisture and heat, but helps evenly distribute the heat as well. This same concept is why we grill with aluminum foil packets.

As such, once you've individually reheated each of the components in your Chick-fil-A sandwich, you should rewrap it. Let the sandwich marinate in its own bubble of heat and moisture for several minutes, and you'll unwrap something that's as fresh as if it had just been passed through the drive-thru window.

Of course, as great as the foil wrapper may be in retaining your sandwich's heat, you should never put foil in the microwave. Sure, it might be time-consuming to unwrap and disassemble your sandwich before reheating it, but that foil wrapper is one spark away from catching on fire.