How to Reheat Turkey to Ensure the Best Thanksgiving (and Leftovers) Ever

Photo credit: Mike Garten Whether you’re trying to get on top of it this Turkey Day (we hear ya!), or you’ve already made it through Thanksgiving dinner and have heaps of leftover turkey to enjoy, you’ll need to know how to reheat turkey the right way to preserve that juicy flavor we wait all year to eat. Here, we’ll share our go-to method for reheating turkey without drying it out, plus some tips on how to reheat turkey in the microwave, and even a quick guide to cooking a turkey the day before and reheating it. Yes, it can be done! Surprisingly, there are even exciting ways to reheat and repurpose stuffing leftovers and even leftover mashed potatoes . How do you reheat turkey without drying it out?

My grandfather, who owned a restaurant in Queens for decades and reheated countless turkeys in his lifetime, swears by this foolproof method to reheating turkey: After roasting the turkey and carving it, slice the thigh and breast meat at as even in thickness as possible.

Arrange the slices in a single layer in a shallow pan or baking dish and drape a clean dish towel over the top.

Pour gently simmering chicken broth over the towel just until it’s damp.

Wrap the dish in foil and place it in a 300°F oven until the turkey is steaming (the USDA recommends taking the turkey to 165°F). Don’t mess with the temperature, keep it low or the turkey will become tough and stringy.

How to reheat turkey in the microwave or stovetop

Reheating turkey low and slow in the oven is great for larger portions, but if you just need a personal serving (say, to build an epic turkey sandwich ), we recommend skipping the oven and using the microwave or stovetop. In the microwave: Cut the turkey into similar sized pieces and arrange in a shallow baking dish (the sides help it steam). Sprinkle with a bit of chicken broth, then cover the bowl. Microwave on medium until heated through.

On the stovetop: Add ¼-inch broth to a large skillet and arrange the turkey in a single layer on top. Cover the skillet, bring the broth to a simmer, and cook until heated through.

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