The Best Way to Reheat Wings – Barbara’s Quick and Easy Tips & Tricks
Yesterday I was at lunch with my close friend Amanda, and she gave me a recipe for her famous chicken wings about which all are crazy about.
As soon as I’ve finished my lunch with her, I hurried back home, fired up the stove, and I started preparing the famous Amanda’s chicken wings. My boys were obsessed with the wings, and they wanted me to make them again tomorrow.
So this time I made few extra wings just in case. Even though the chicken wings were delicious, we weren’t able to finish the whole plate. If there’s one thing I don’t like is to throw away good food.
I wasn’t sure how long they could last without going bad, so I put them in the fridge and reheated them the next day. To be frank, they weren’t that amazing as the previous day, so I begin my quest to find a way to reheat them properly without them losing their previous taste.
How to Reheat Wings Without Them Losing Their Taste and Color?
1. Oven Reheating
Nobody loves soggy and soft chicken wings. That’s why reheating them in the oven is the most effective way for chicken wings to stay golden and crispy even the next day. It’s easy, doesn’t take that much time, and the taste is remarkable.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- Take the chicken wings out of the refrigerator and let them sit for 5-10 minutes until they get to the room temperature
- Line the baking pan with aluminum foil
- Place the baking pan with chicken wings into the oven. Set the timer for 15 minutes.
- Once the wings receive that crispy golden look, you can take them out of the oven.
- Let them cool off for 5 minutes.
- Serve them and enjoy!
Barbara’s tip: You can spray the wings with a small amount of water to prevent them from drying out.
Also, it’s important to check on your chicken wings every few minutes. The speed of reheating also depends on the size of the wings.
Smaller pieces tend to reheat faster than the bigger ones. So, to prevent them from drying out or coming undone, make sure that you frequently check them.
2. Re-frying Them
Another great way to make wings golden crispy is to fry them again. This method is really easy and, takes just a few minutes, and it guarantees great results.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Take the chicken wings out of the refrigerator and let them sit for a few minutes for them to achieve room temperature
- Heat the frying pan on the stove on high temperature
- Add oil to the frying pan
- Carefully add the wings to the frying pan.
- Fry the wings in the oil for 2-3 minutes while turning them over a few times to get all the sides covered.
- Once the wings get that golden crispy look, remove them from the hot oil and place them on the plate.
- Let the wings to cool off for a few minutes
- Serve and enjoy!
- You can use tongs to prevent burns on your hands
- Put few layers of paper towel on the plate before placing wings on it.The paper towel will absorb the excess oil.
3. Microwave For Fast and Easy Reheating
Using only microwave to reheat the wings will leave you with dry out and soggy meat that no one wants to eat. There is a solution for reheating wings in the microwave without them losing their crispy golden look and marvelous taste.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A microwave-safe plate
- Paper towel
- Baking tray
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (check out the oven thermometers)
- Line the microwave-safe plate with damp paper towel
- Put the wings in the microwave-safe plate
- Put another layer of damp paper towel over the chicken
- Turn the microwave on medium heat
- Place the wings in the microwave and heat them for about 2 minutes until they become slightly warm(no longer than that!)
- Take out the wings from the microwave and put them on the baking tray
- Put the wings in the oven on 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- Let them cook for about 1 minute
- Take them out, flip them over and turn them back in the oven
- Cook them for another minute
- Take them out, serve and enjoy!
What Is The Optimum Time For Reheating Them Again Before They Go Bad?
Like any other meat, chicken is also very delicate. Once you cook the wings, you can leave them on the room temperature for maximum 2 hours before they go bad.
There is a lot of bacteria in the air like E. Coli that will attack the chicken if it’s out in the open for too long. Bacteria thrives in warm, moist environments and if the chicken wings are still edible after 12 hours, it means that the environment you left them in was at least warm.
That’s why it’s best if you put the leftovers of the wings immediately in the refrigerator. Placing them in the fridge will guarantee you safe and sound keeping for about two days without worrying that they’ll go bad.
The best solution for reheating wings without them losing their taste and color is the oven reheating. It gives the wings that crispy golden look and the taste to die for.
Microwave tends to dry out meat, leaving you with soggy and not that tasty pieces.
On the other hand, re-frying them in the frying pan can give you that crispy golden look as well, and it doesn’t that take much time.
Doesn’t matter what method you choose, as long as it gives you great results.
Just remember, microwave reheating isn’t so bad but make sure that you put them in the oven for additional few minutes if you want your wings to be golden and crispy like the first time you’ve cooked them.
Also, if you are not sure how long it has passed since you’ve cooked the wings in the first place and you want to reheat them it’s best if you throw them away and make another one. Better to be safe than sorry!
What’s your way for reheating wings?
Let me know your opinion in the comment section below!