How to Reheat Wings
Wings are easily one of the most appealing parts of a chicken. The tender meat, along with the crispy skin, is enough to make anyone a fan of wings. This is why it is also completely understandable to overestimate your appetite and make a little too much of them. But don't worry if you have leftover wings in your refrigerator, though. There are several ways you can reheat them again while still keeping them juicy and delicious.
In this article, we'll talk about 4 simple methods that you can use to reheat your cold leftover wings. These methods will bring your cold chicken wings back to how they were when you first made them.
Let's look at them:
- Reheat Wings in the Microwave
Using a microwave is the fastest and also the most convenient method to reheat wings. If you want a quick and easy meal, the microwave should be your go-to choice. However, the problem with using a microwave for heating meat is that it can often lead to dryness. Your wings may not remain as juicy as they were if you don't do it correctly.
But that does not mean you shouldn't use a microwave. As long as you're careful and follow the tips, your leftover wings can be reheated perfectly.
Follow these steps below to reheat your chicken in a microwave:
- Damp a couple of paper towels and place them on a microwave-safe plate. Now place the wings on top of it and then place another layer of damp paper towel over the wings. This will help keep your wings moist and soft.
- Now place the plate in the microwave and heat for about 40 seconds at 350°F.
- Check the temperature of the wings and microwave for about 20-30 seconds if it's not hot enough for you.
- If they're hot enough, transfer them to a plate and serve.
- For more flavors, add some spices or squeeze some lemon juice over the chicken after it's reheated.
- Reheat Wings in Oven
If you want the best results, reheating wings in the oven is the best option. Not only does it keep the wings juicy and moist, but it also locks in the flavors and preserves the taste.
However, the downside of reheating wings in an oven is that it takes a long time. But considering the quality of the meat, it's definitely worth the wait. Here are the steps on how to reheat chicken wings in an oven:
- If the wings are frozen, make sure to defrost them before you warm them up.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Sprinkle some water on the wings and wrap them in aluminum foil and place them in the oven. The water will prevent the wings from drying out.
- First, reheat for about 5 to 6 minutes and flip the wings. Reheat again for 5 more minutes.
- After reheating for about 12 minutes in total, check the temperature of the wings. If they're not hot enough, reheat them for a couple of minutes more.
- Reheat Wings in Air Fryer
Reheating wings in an air fryer is a suitable method if you've made them with the same appliance in the first place. The air fryer circulates hot air evenly, which makes the food super juicy and crispy. Hence wings come out delicious when cooked or reheated in an air fryer.
The benefit of using an air fryer is that you hardly use any oil. So, when the food comes out, it's not super oily and unhealthy. Moreover, they are also very easy to use. Here are the steps on how to reheat wings with an air fryer:
- First, defrost the wings and bring them to room temperature.
- Place the wings inside the air fryer. Make sure they don't overlap, and there's space between each of the wings.
- Now reheat at 350°F for approximately 10 minutes. If you want to reheat them faster, you can turn up the heat to 375°F and warm them for 7 minutes. Keep in mind, though, reheating at high temperatures can risk burning the wings.
- Reheat Wings on a Frying Pan
Using a frying pan to reheat wings is not very common since most people go either for an oven or a microwave. This technique is a little more complicated. However, it is pretty effective in doing the job.
The benefit of this technique is that you can add additional ingredients and sauce as you're reheating. Here are the steps for reheating wings on a frying pan:
- Defrost your wings and let them sit at room temperature.
- Set your frying pan on the burner and turn it on at medium heat. Use a non-stick frying pan for better results.
- Pour a few tablespoons of oil into the pan, depending on the number of wings you want to reheat.
- Place your wings on the pan once the oil is hot enough.
- Reheat for approximately 3 minutes on each side.