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Crispy, tasty wings can make great leftovers! I love making extra chicken wings and saving them in an airtight container for later. The reheating process can be a tricky task, but I have a simple guide to teach you how to reheat wings to perfection.
From ovens to air fryers, skillets to grills, and all the way to the trusty microwave, we’ve got the lowdown on the best methods to ensure your wings emerge for their second act as crispy, succulent masterpieces.
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There are a few great options for method and reheating time. The best way to reheat leftover chicken wings, bone-in or boneless wings, will probably be different for everyone. Whether you have sauced wings or dry wings like our parmesan herb chicken wings or taco ranch chicken wings can make a difference too.
If you prefer crispy wings, you may use different ways to reheat wings than those who prefer moist and tender delicious wings.
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Oven: For Even Crisping
Preheat your convection oven to 375°F (190°C) and place the wings on a baking tray. Bake in a preheated oven for about 10-20 minutes, turning them halfway through. This method ensures even reheating and helps maintain the crispy texture.
Air Fryer: Quick and Crispy
Air frying is a favorite way of mine for reheating. Preheat your air fryer to around 400°F (200°C) and arrange the wings in a single layer. Cook for 5-10 minutes, shaking the air fryer basket or flipping the wings halfway through. The air fryer provides a quick and efficient way to achieve that coveted crispy exterior.
Skillet: Sear for Extra Flavor
Heat a skillet over medium-high heat, add a small amount of oil, and sear the wings for 3-5 minutes on each side. This method adds a nice sear for extra flavor and helps maintain the crispy skin.
Grill: Char-Grilled Perfection
If you’re a grill enthusiast, throwing your wings on a preheated grill is an easy way to amp up the flavor. Grill for 5-10 minutes, turning occasionally until they’re heated through and have that perfect char-grilled flavor. Then add some extra sauce once they’re ready.
Microwave: Quick Fix
While not the ideal method for maintaining crispiness, the microwave is a quick option. Place the wings on a microwave-safe plate, cover with a damp paper towel, and heat in 1-minute intervals, for 2-3 minutes until warmed through. If you aren’t a fan of soggy skin, use the broiler method below to finish them up.
Broiler: Quick and Intense
Set your oven to broil and place the wings on a baking sheet, aluminum foil, or oven-safe rack. Broil for 3-5 minutes on each side, keeping a close eye to prevent burning. This method quickly reheats while adding a touch of char. For an even quicker result, use the broiler in a toaster oven, but be sure to keep an eye on them for best results because they will cook much faster in the smaller space.
Instant Pot: Moist and Tender
If you prefer your wings moist and tender, use the Instant Pot. Add a cup of water or broth to the Instant Pot, place the wings on the trivet, and cook on high pressure for 3-5 minutes. Finish under the broiler for a few minutes for a crispy finish.
Steamer: Retain Moisture
Utilize a steamer basket to gently reheat wings, preserving moisture. Steam for 5-8 minutes, and then finish in the oven, air fryer, or skillet for a crispy texture if you don’t like soggy wings.
Deep Fryer: The Crispy Comeback
If you want both fast and crispy results, a deep fryer is a good way to do just that! Preheat the fryer to 375°F (190°C), carefully lower the wings into the hot oil, and fry for 3-5 minutes until they reach golden brown perfection. This method not only reheats the wings but also revitalizes their crispiness, delivering that irresistible, restaurant-quality crunch.
Tip for Best Results
In my experience reheating wings, I’ve learned that there’s a trick to making those leftover wings as crispy and delicious as they were the first time you enjoyed them.
The key to successfully reheating wings is often a combination of methods—quick heating to retain moisture and a finishing method for crispiness, for those who love crispy chicken wings. Then, for crispy and saucy wings, resauce the wings after they’re reheated for fresh delicious chicken wings!