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5 Easy Ways To Reheat Fried Chicken Wings and Keep Them Crispy

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Are you looking for the best way to reheat your favorite fried chicken wings? Look no further! Reheating chicken can be tricky and if not done properly can result in a rubbery texture or worse, food poisoning. That’s why it is important to follow certain steps when reheating your delicious wings. Let’s explore the best way to do this so that you can enjoy them just like they were fresh out of the fryer. 

Chicken wings are a delicious appetizer or snack, but if you don’t reheat them properly, then those leftover wings can be dry and tough. If you’re looking for the best way to make sure your chicken wings stay juicy and flavorful after being reheated, then read on! In this blog post, we’ll cover the best methods for reheating chicken wings so that you can enjoy them the second time around with the best results.

There are multiple ways to reheat wings if you're having leftovers the next day. Soggy skin on fried chicken is an absolute no-no. Why go to all the trouble of preparing the perfect game day hot wings only to let all that crispy skin go to waste if you're having leftovers. I ain't saying those delicious chicken wings you made the first time are going to be better the next day.

lemon pepper wings in a white bowl with lemons

Reheating Chicken Wings in an Oven 

This is a great way for reheating chicken wings. I think it's the perfect method or at least it's my favorite. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Allow the cold wings to reach room temperature.

Place the wings in a single layer on a baking sheet pan lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil then arrange the wings so there is ample space between them all to allow the hot air to circulate.

Alternatively, you can line the sheet pan with a wire rack sans the parchment paper. Place the baking tray in the oven and cook for about 10-12 minutes flipping halfway through.

Reheating Chicken Wings in a Toaster Oven 

Reheating in a toaster oven is similar to using a regular oven. Line the oven's baking sheet with foil. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Place chicken on a paper towel lined plate then cover the chicken with another sheet of paper towel. Cook the chicken for 5-6 minutes. Rest on a cooling rack.

Reheating Chicken Wings on the Stovetop

If you’re short on time, the frying pan method is great for quickly reheating your chicken wings without sacrificing flavor or texture. It's probably the easiest way. Add vegetable oil to a pan over medium-high heat.

Fry the chicken for 2-3 minutes per side. Use a good set of tongs to flip the chicken. Remove the wings and place on a cooling rack. Note if these are saucy wings then you will want to take a different approach.

Reheating Chicken Wings in a Microwave Oven

If you need to reheat your chicken wings quickly, the microwave oven method is an option as well. Place your chicken wings on a microwave-safe plate lined with a damp paper towel and then cover the wings with another sheet of paper towel; this will help keep them moist while they heat up.

Heat on high power for 2 minutes; check if they are heated through and continue heating in 30-second increments until desired internal temperature (165 degrees ideal) is reached. Do not overheat or they will dry out.

Reheating Chicken Wings in an Air Fryer

Air Fryers aren't just for cooking french fries, they were made for reheating fried chicken. It's the perfect method for reheating cold, leftover chicken. Pre-heat your air fryer to 375 degrees F.

Place leftover chicken wings in the basket of your air fryer and make sure to allow for ample room between the wings. Cook in batches if you need to. Wings should all be in a single layer.

Cook for 4-5 minutes flipping once. Note the name air fryer is sort of a misnomer; it's actually closer to a convection oven vs a deep fryer.

For a few great chicken wing recipes try these:

Crispy Air Fryer Wings

air fryer fried wings on a white plate.

Spicy Harissa Wings

spicy chicken wings in harissa sauce

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Wings

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Wings in a basket

Brazilian Fried Chicken Wings aka 'Frango a Passarinho'

brazilian fried chicken wings (frango a passarinho) in a bowl topped with red onions and cilantro

Whether you’re looking for a quick method to reheat your leftover juicy wings or want to ensure that they stay juicy and flavorful after being cooked again, these tips will help you do just that!

Whether it’s in an oven, on the stovetop, or even in a microwave, there are plenty of ways that you can make sure that your reheated chicken wings stay delicious every time. They are all good methods.

So get cooking! Enjoy those tasty leftovers once again with these easy steps on how to reheat chicken wings the right way and say goodbye to soggy wings!

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