There is nothing quite like hot, tasty, and crispy chicken wings and some cold soda downed on a Friday night, watching a movie with or without your friends or family.
They are also a favorite at parties, quick dinners and truth be told any occasion. In such circumstances, it is elementary to have some leftover wings. Some of you may think that wings should not be reheated because of the assumption that they won’t taste the same as the freshly cooked ones.
The beauty of chicken wings is that they are versatile, and there is a whole bunch of different ways to reheat them so that they can still retain their crisp. Quite frankly, some excellent methods make sure that they taste as good and fresh as they did the first time.
The following is a compilation of some methods that you can choose from. It is important to remember that no matter what way you want, be sure to cook the wings to an internal temperature of 165˚F. This is the standard temperature for safety, as recommended by the USDA.
Nobody loves soggy and soft chicken wings, and that is why using the oven is the most effective way of reheating the wings to stay golden and crispy. Not only is the taste remarkable, but it does not take much time. It is quite easy. Here is all you will need:
- Aluminum foil
- A baking pan
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Take the wings out of the refrigerator and let them sit for 5-10 minutes until they get to room temperature.
- Line the baking pan with aluminum foil
- Place the baking pan with the chicken wings into the oven and 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 hot!
Bonus tip: You can spray the wings with a small amount of water to prevent them from drying out. When they are in the oven, keep checking them every few minutes. Understand that smaller wings reheat faster than bigger ones, so prevent them from drying out or coming out undone.
Use the frying pan.
Frying wings will give them a vibrant flavor that we all want to taste in our wings. The consistency will be fall off the bone. This method is best for that extra crispy skin, and this is a super-duper easy method once again. Perfect if you are in a hurry. What you will need:
- Your wings
- A pan
- Some oil
- Take the wings out of the fridge and leave to sit at room temperature.
- Place the pan over low-medium heat then add a tablespoon of oil and add your wings
- Cook for 5 to 7 minutes tossing as you go and until they are golden brown. Please do not keep them for long in the oil or they will become too dry.
- Take them off the pan and enjoy
As we said, this is a fast and easy method of reheating any of your favorite wings, but it can be challenging to get the right crispy consistency, so watch them closely. The temperature of the oil should be monitored as well and should not get too hot.
Sauté The Wings
Usually, reviving fried chicken by sautéing them isn’t the best option since the thicker parts will end up being heated unevenly cooked. However, this isn’t the case for chicken wings due to their thinner profile.
Moreover, sautéing the wings allows you to add a coating that will make your wings even more delicious! Here is what you’ll need:
- Cooking oil
- Aluminum foil
- Wire rack
- Optional: chicken wing coating
- Optional: chicken coating
- Like the other methods, make sure your wings reach room temperature or around it.
- While wait for you for your wings heat some oil in a skillet over high heat.
- Check the oil’s temperature by carefully sprinkling some water over the pan. If the water quickly fizzles, then the oil is ready.
- Place the wings in the pan with your tongs. Sauté the wings for 2-4 minutes. Trying a chicken wing or two will help you see if they’re ready. If you’re using a coating for the chicken, this would be an excellent time to add it to the pan. Afterward, sauté the wings again, so the sauce thoroughly coats them.
- When the wings are ready, place them on a wire rack for several minutes.
- Dig in and enjoy!
Using The Microwave
This is the quickest way to reheat your chicken wings if you’re in a hurry. A quick blast, and they’re done. If you’re reheating wings with bones or need to reheat boneless wings microwaving can be done in 2 minutes or less. What you will need:
- A microwave
- A microwaveable dish
- Your wings
- Pop your wings in a container, put the lid on, and put it in the microwave on high power for 1 minute.
- Take out and check if they are heated all the way, if not put back in and zap for another minute.
Microwaving is super quick and perfect if you’re in a hurry. But microwaving wings won’t maintain the crispiness and tends to make the wings rubbery and a bit soggy.
If you want them to be crispy, they will need to put in the oven for a few minutes after the microwave. It still is the most suitable if you have no time, and you want to fix yourself some wings quickly.
Another tip is never to forget to cover the dish with a microwaveable lid to prevent the juices from spraying all over the microwave.
Grilling The Wings
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. However, it gives the wings a completely new taste and makes them better than new. Try it out sometimes, and you’ll see what I mean. Here’s what you’ll need:
- A grill
- Aluminum foil (if you want)
- 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
- Place the chicken wings on the top rack of your grill on low heat for a minute to minute and a half
- Turn them over and grill the other side for the same amount of time
- 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
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
BONUS 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. That way, you’ll get chicken wings that taste unique! Doing this with sausages is what I like the best.