There’s no denying it, Americans love their chicken wings. Whether it’s a Super Bowl get-together, a summer cookout, or a pizza party, a tray overflowing with savory chicken wings takes it to the next level.
But what do you do when you want to reheat them the next day? Is it possible to get them hot and crispy again?
Luckily, yes as long as you know what you’re doing. Check out some of the different methods you can use to reheat chicken wings so they’re as good as new.
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Can You Reheat Chicken Wings?
While chicken wings taste great cold, they also can be reheated pretty easily. There are several ways to do this, and some work better than others at achieving something close to the original level of crispiness.
Since most wings are either baked or deep fried, the method that resembles these techniques most closely will be the most successful. The things to keep in mind are 1) not to let your wings become soggy when reheating, and 2) not to let the sauce bake or burn off in the process.
Should You Reheat Chicken Wings?
The unofficial golden rule of food reheating is, “When in doubt, out.” If there is any question as to whether your wings are too old or were left out too long, by all means discard them and don’t attempt to reheat and eat them.
Uneaten wings should be transferred to an airtight container and stored in the fridge right away. They should not be left out longer than two hours after cooking.
Once in the fridge, they will be safe to eat for three to four days. They’ll keep in the freezer for three to four months.
How to Reheat Chicken Wings in the Oven
The oven is perfect for reheating your wings, provided you don’t mind waiting a bit for them to be done. Ideally, you will have some extra wing sauce reserved on the side to toss with your hot wings once they’re ready.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. A hot oven will do a better job of crisping up those wings.
- Spread wings in a single layer onto a baking sheet, and bake for 10-20 minutes, until a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Once wings are hot, put them in a heatproof bowl and drizzle with wing sauce, if desired.
How to Reheat Chicken Wings in the Microwave
The microwave can’t be beat for reheating food fast, but it also tends to make things soggy. If you can, you may want to finish crisping the wings in the oven after they’re hot. Here’s how:
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Put a damp paper towel on a microwave-safe plate and arrange your wings on top of it. Cover with another damp paper towel.
- Microwave for 1 minute. If not hot yet, cook in 30-second intervals until done.
- If you’re not using the oven, go ahead and eat your wings now, but if you want them crispy, transfer them onto a baking sheet and put them in your preheated oven for a minute. Then flip and bake for 1 minute on the other side.
How to Reheat Chicken Wings in an Air Fryer
Not only is the air fryer a fantastic way to cook fresh or frozen chicken wings, it reheats cooked wings beautifully as well.
It’s best to pull your wings out of the fridge for 15 minutes while your fryer preheats to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, pop them in the basket and cook for 10 minutes for popping them in your mouth.
How to Reheat Chicken Wings on a Grill
While the grill may not be ideal for reheating many types of meat, chicken wings do well as long as you take care not to overcook them.
It helps to oil your grill grates first to prevent the chicken skin from sticking. Heat your grill to medium temperature and grill for 7-8 minutes.
How to Reheat Chicken Wings in a Toaster Oven
To reheat wings in your toaster oven, follow the same method recommended for the oven. Keep in mind that it may take less time than a larger conventional oven, so be careful not to let them dry out.
How to Reheat Chicken Wings in a Pan on the Stove
Sometimes, all you’ve got is a pan and a stove burner. If this is your situation, never fear. You can still reheat your chicken wings and get great results.
In fact, you may find you prefer this method because it makes the chicken skin crispy. And if your wings were originally deep fried, this is ideal.
- Let your wings sit out at room temperature for 15 minutes.
- Heat a skillet to medium heat and pour in a thin layer of oil.
- Fry your wings for 2-3 minutes per side, until golden.
- If you have some extra wing sauce, you can add it during the cooking time. Just be careful not to let it burn.
WINNER – The Best Way To Reheat Chicken Wings Is…It Depends
If your wings were originally baked, then the oven or air fryer is the way to go. We particularly love the air fryer because it’s so fast, although there is a bit more cleanup involved.
But if your wings were deep fried, the stovetop is actually the best way, especially since you have the opportunity to add more sauce directly to the pan as your wings are cooking.
We hope you’ve learned some new tips for reheating chicken wings. If you have any questions, comments or recipes to share, we’d love to hear from you. Leave your feedback below.