The Best Way To Reheat Wings: Barbara’s Quick And Easy Tips & Tricks

If you’ve followed my blog, then you know that I like to try out new recipes in my kitchen all the time. Yesterday I was at lunch with my close friend Amanda, and she gave me a recipe for her famous chicken wings that everyone loves.

As soon as finished my lunch with her, I hurried back home, fired up the stove, and I started preparing her awesome recipe.

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My boys just obsessed with the chicken wings, and they wanted me to make them again tomorrow!.

So this time I made few extra wings just in case. Even though they were delicious, we weren’t able to finish the whole plate - and if there’s one thing I don’t like, it’s throwing 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. Sadly, they lost quite a bit of taste and texture, so I set off on a quest to make sure that doesn’t happen again. I decided to find the best way to reheat them and keep them delicious!

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:

  • Aluminium foil
  • A baking pan
  • Oven (I've reviewed some of the finest countertop convection ovens recently, check them out)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Take the chicken wings out of the refrigerator and let them sit for 5-10 minutes until they get to the room temperature
  3. Line the baking pan with aluminum foil
  4. Place the baking pan with chicken wings into the oven. Set the timer for 15 minutes.
  5. Once the wings receive that crispy golden look, you can take them out of the oven.
  6. Let them cool off for 5 minutes.
  7. Serve them and enjoy!

Pro 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 bigger ones. So, to prevent them from drying out or coming undone, check on them frequently.

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, while guaranteeing great results.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Instructions:

  1. Take the chicken wings out of the refrigerator and let them sit for a few minutes until they reach room temperature
  2. Heat the frying pan on the stove on high temperature
  3. Add oil to the frying pan
  4. Carefully add the wings to the frying pan.
  5. Fry the wings for 2-3 minutes while turning them over a few times
  6. Once the wings get that golden crispy look, remove them from the hot oil and place them on the plate.
  7. Let the wings cool off for a few minutes
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Note: 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.

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3. Microwave For Fast and Easy Reheating

Using only your 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 towels
  • Microwave
  • Baking tray
  • Oven

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (an oven thermometer would be a very useful gadget here)
  2. Line the microwave-safe plate with damp paper towels which will serve to absorb excess moisture and oil
  3. Put the wings in the microwave-safe plate
  4. Put another layer of damp paper towels over the chicken
  5. Set the microwave on medium heat
  6. Place the wings in the microwave and heat them for about 2 minutes until they become slightly warm(no longer than that!)
  7. Take out the wings from the microwave and put them on the baking tray
  8. Put the wings in the oven and set it to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  9. Let them cook for about 1 minute
  10. Take them out, flip them over and place them back in the oven
  11. Cook them for one more minute
  12. Take them out, serve and enjoy!

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4. Deep Frying the Wings to Revive Them

These days, it seems like people are deep frying anything and everything! I’m not a huge fan of that, but even I engage in it from time to time.

I can’t deny that deep frying is one of the most delicious ways to reheat chicken wings that weren’t deep fried in the first place. Which is good, because it’s certainly of the unhealthiest ways!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • One deep frying pan, a large pot or a deep fryer
  • Some cooking oil (sunflower or canola oil is good)
  • A pair of tongs
  • Some aluminum foil

Instructions:

  1. Take the chicken wings out of the fridge and let them naturally reach room temperature - dropping them into hot oil while they’re cold will ruin the skin
  2. When they’re almost ready, pour the oil into the cookware of your choice (I prefer a pan myself) and start heating it up at 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  3. Using the tongs, place the chicken wings into the oil - make sure there’s enough oil to completely cover the chicken wings
  4. Let the wings fry for two to three minutes, turning them over at the halfway point - this will ensure that they’re fried all the way through
  5. If you want the wings to be a bit crispier, fry them for a longer time but make sure it’s not too long, or the meat will dry out
  6. Once you’re satisfied, remove the wings and place them on a plate or a wire rack to drain and cool off for one to two minutes
  7. If you have a lot of wings that you need to reheat, cover the dried ones with aluminum foil so they don’t get cold
  8. Serve as soon as possible and enjoy

Free tip: If you want the wings to be even more delicious you can cover them with an additional layer of breading before deep frying them! Dip them in some eggs, then into a bit of flour and/or bread crumbs and deep fry them exactly as described above.

5. Throwing Them on the Grill

Grilling chicken wings is always a delight and they always turn out to be delicious - so why not throw them on the grill to reheat them?

Yes, it takes a bit more work than other reheating methods since you need to fire up the grill, but it give the wings a completely new taste and make them better than new. Try it out sometimes and you’ll see what I mean.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A grill
  • Aluminum foil (if you want)

Instructions:

  1. Wrap the wings in aluminum foil - this is optional, if you don’t want the skin to be too crispy, otherwise you can skip this step
  2. Place the chicken wings on the top rack of your grill on low heat for a minute to minute and a half
  3. Turn them over and grill the other side for the same amount of time
  4. If you want the skin to be extra crispy, this is the time to turn the heat up to maximum, take the wings out of the foil and grill them for an additional 20 to 30 seconds
  5. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Extra tip: If you want to make the wings even better, try reheating them while also grilling another type of meat (or some veggies) on the grill so the flavors mix together. That way you’ll get chicken wings that taste completely unique! Doing this with sausages is what I like the best.

6. Putting Them in a Broiler

Depending on who you ask, broiling chicken wings to reheat them might be the best option available, but for me it’s just not the same as grilling them - but it is faster.

It’s also a versatile method, since you can do it in a regular oven, a toaster oven or most other types of countertop ovens.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • An oven with a broiler function
  • A baking sheet
  • Aluminum foil
  • A cooling rack

Instructions:

  1. Position the rack around 10 inches from your oven’s heating element
  2. Put your oven on high broil and let it preheat for around 15 to 20 minutes
  3. Line your baking sheet with some aluminum foil then spread the chicken wings on it, making sure they aren’t touching
  4. Broil the wings in the baking sheet for around 5 minutes, turning it over at the halfway point
  5. Take the wings out and place them on the cooling rack, then broil them for another 5 minutes, again turning them over at the halfway point. This will make the meat less greasy while ensuring it stays juicy
  6. Take them out and serve as soon as possible.

Pro tip: To make your wings extra juicy, trying broiling them in your favorite sauce - you’ll give them a completely new flavor and revitalize them like never before! Also, even if you overcook them a bit, they won’t dry out completely. It’s a nice safety net.

Bonus: How to Reheat Buffalo Wild Wings?

Yes, I know - Buffalo wing leftovers? Does such a thing even exist?

Well, even though it’s unlikely - yes, it is possible, and reheating them to be just as perfect as they were when you got them can be quite difficult. Luckily, I’ve figured out how to do it (after I failed a few times, but I’ll skip over that).

Here’s how to reheat Buffalo wings and have them taste as good as new.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A baking pan
  • Aluminum foil
  • Some homemade Buffalo sauce

Instructions:

  1. Before you start doing anything, take your Buffalo wild wings out of the fridge and let them reach room temperature
  2. Now, make some homemade Buffalo sauce - don’t worry, it’s easy
  3. Take 1 cup of any hot sauce, ½ cup of butter, 1 ½ tablespoon of vinegar and a pinch of garlic powder
  4. Combine everything in a pot and place it over medium heat - stir it and wait for it to bubble on the sides, then remove it and stir it a bit more
  5. Preheat your oven on 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  6. Line the baking pan with aluminum foil
  7. Place your Buffalo wild wings on it, making sure they don’t touch
  8. Cover them in your homemade Buffalo sauce, but don’t use too much of it
  9. Put another sheet of aluminum foil over them
  10. Place them in the oven
  11. After 10 minutes pass, remove the top layer of aluminum foil and bake them until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit
  12. Remove them, put some more Buffalo sauce over them as needed and serve as soon as possible.

There you have it - the best method to reheat your Buffalo wild wings and make them taste almost as good as new. At least that’s the best method I found - feel free to pop into the comments and tell me if you have a better one - I’m all ears!

What Is The Optimum Time For Reheating Wings Again Before They Go Bad?

Like any other meat, chicken is also very delicate. Once you cook the wings, you can leave them sitting at room temperature for a maximum of 2 hours before they start go bad.

There are a lot of bacteria in the air like E. Coli that might get on the chicken if it’s out in the open for too long. Bacteria thrives in warm, moist environments so it’s best if you leave the wings in a dry and colder environment - that way, they might last up to 12 hours.

That’s why it’s best if you put the leftover wings in the refrigerator immediately. Placing them in the fridge will guarantee that they will stay good for about two days.

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In Conclusion

The best solution for reheating wings without them losing their taste and color is oven reheating. It gives the wings that crispy golden look and helps them retain their amazing taste.

The microwave tends to dry out meat, leaving you with a tasteless mess that’s difficult to chew through. 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.

Still, it can also dry out the meat too much, which is why oven reheating is the best - it lets the meat soak in its own juices to it stays tasty and savory!

It doesn’t matter which method you choose, as long as it gives you the result you want.

Just remember, if you are not sure how much time 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 new ones.

It's better to be safe than sorry!

What’s your way for reheating wings? Let me know your opinion in the comment section below! 🙂

Barbara Whitney
 

For the last 20 years, I’ve been cooking, preparing, researching, and gathering recipes, tools, and knowledge about food and the way we prepare it. Raising two lively boys and spoiling one great husband later, it’s safe to say that I’ve optimized my kitchen to deliver the best possible meal, no matter the occasion.

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Gail

Hi, can you please tell me where Amanda’s is? Is this the same place they talked about on Fox 29 news today? Thank you

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    Barbara Whitney

    Gail, here I’m talking about my neighbour Amanda, not the restaurant 🙂

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Veronica

By chance have you posted Amanda’s recipe??

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    Barbara Whitney

    Hey Veronica,

    I’ll have to talk with her for approvement to post it. I’ll keep you posted!

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Maureen

I’m totally confused about the broiler method. It says to put the chicken wings on the foil lined baking sheet and then put the cooling rack on top of the baking sheet. So the cooling rack goes on top of the chicken? That doesn’t make sense to me.

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    Barbara Whitney

    Hi there Maureen, and thank you for pointing that out.

    I was a little bit unclear about that part, wasn’t I? I can see that now. It sounded right in my head when I wrote it, I swear!

    Hopefully, my new instructions are much clearer and to the point – and if they aren’t, you’ll let me know, right?

    And, before you ask – yes, it is safe to put your cooling rack into the oven and bake stuff on it. I’ve done it before and it’s great for quite a few different things, including making meat less greasy and crunchier.

    Once again, thank you for pointing that out, you’ve been a great help! If you have any more questions, don’t be shy and ask them as soon as possible, I’d love that.

    Love,

    Barbara

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