This Reheating Method Keeps Leftover Chinese Food Crispy

It's Friday night and you've just gorged yourself on a verified feast of Chinese takeout: General Tso's chicken, shrimp lo mein, beef and broccoli, fried rice, and more. While everything you ordered in those recognizable white cartons was delicious, your eyes were bigger than your stomach — which means you have a lot of leftovers. Not only can you save them for tomorrow's lunch or dinner, but a report reveals that by eating leftover takeout, you can save up to $1,000 per year (via Kitchen Cabinet Kings).

However, unlike leftover pizza, leftover Chinese food is not a dish best enjoyed cold. Most of us reach for the microwave when we go to reheat our takeout from the night before, but that can lead to unevenly cooked food, dried out noodles, or just a soggy mess. Yuck. Fortunately, there's a better way to reheat leftover Chinese food that will keep it crispy and delicious. Here's how to do it.

Put it in the oven instead of the microwave

Instead of microwaving your leftover Chinese food, put it in the oven to prevent soggy fried food or dried-out meat. While it may take a few extra minutes than simply popping it in the microwave (since you'll have to preheat the oven), trust us, it'll be worth it. Marvelous Chef suggests setting your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and cooking your leftovers "low and slow" until they're fully reheated, which can take anywhere from two to 10 minutes.

As for how to reheat them? Simple. Recipe Maker recommends putting it in an oven-safe dish and then covering it with aluminum foil to prevent the leftovers from drying out. For things like egg rolls or chicken wings, wrap them loosely in the foil and then open up the foil packet for a few minutes at the end to let the food crisp up.