How To Reheat Wings Without Much Effort? (#3 Is The Quickest)

Everyone loves chicken wings. Be it home-cooked or take-out. But most people don’t know how to reheat wings the right way. You never know when you need a crispy batch of wings. I found that freezing cooked chicken wings is not a bad idea. It certainly isn’t when you’re entertaining for any occasion. So what do you do?

You reheat them using either an oven, frying pan, or a microwave.

The perfect chicken wing flavor varies from extra spicy to mildly-sweet. And because they’re so simple to cook and eat, there’s always room for more. I don’t need to tell you how to prepare them. But I do want to share with you all the ways to reheat wings.

  1   How to Reheat Wings in an Oven 

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Using an oven is the simplest way how to reheat wings. But how to reheat them the right way? So the wings don’t lose their delicious taste and color.

Many people resort to heating the wings with a 30-second timer. This is the most basic heating setting of an oven. And for reheating wings, it’s the deadliest. Reheating wings in this setting can leave it soggy and soft. And who likes to eat mushy wings? I know you won’t!

What you’ll need:

  • Aluminum foil
  • A non-stick baking pan
  • Melted butter (optional)

And here are the instructions:

  • It’s necessary to preheat the oven. Set the dial to 350 degrees.
  • While you preheat the oven, take the wings out of the refrigerator. Make sure the wings turn to room temperature before you put them in the microwave. Keeping them out for 15 minutes should do it.
  • Place an aluminum foil on the baking pan.
  • Spread 2-3 drops of butter on the base. (optional)
  • Place each wing a few inches apart from each other.
  • Coat each wing with little butter using a spoon or a brush. (optional)
  • Set the oven timer to 15 minutes.
  • As soon as you see the wings browning. That is when they get their golden and crispy texture. You need to take them out immediately.
  • Allow the wings to cool down for 3-5 minutes. And enjoy!

Useful tips:

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    If you don’t want to use butter, you can spray some water instead. The chicken wings absorb the water which makes it juicy and fresh.
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    Keep checking on the wings. To make sure that they don’t burn or become extremely dry. If you’re reheating a small portion of wings. It’s best to reduce the timer speed. 

  2   How to Reheat Wings in a Frying Pan


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While this may seem like a longer process than using a microwave, it’s highly effective. A frying pan is the only thing that can make the wings crispy. And my method will take less than 10 minutes and is super easy!

With a frying pan, you have two options. The first option is to lightly fry them in less oil. And the second is deep frying them in more oil. The method for both is the same. But you need to decide how much oil you put into the pan.

If you ask me, I’d put less oil to make them crispy and golden brown. So after I take the wings out of the pan, they don’t feel too sticky and oily. Plus, shallow frying is the healthier option.

What you’ll need:

  • A flat frying pan
  • Cooking/Frying oil
  • Paper towels (optional)

And here are the instructions:

  • Make sure the wings turn to room temperature before frying. To do that, allow the wings to sit outside the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, add oil and heat the frying pan until the pan’s evenly hot.
  • Use a spatula (or tongs) to add the wings into the hot oil. Do not bring your fingers close to the hot oil.
  • Each side of the wing should take 3 minutes to fry. Keep turning the wings until all sides are covered and crispy.
  • Place the wings on paper towels to get rid of excess oil. (optional)
  • Serve the wings after a few minutes of cooling off. 

  3   How to Reheat Wings in a Microwave 

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What’s the one thing everybody can use to reheat food? You thought it right. It’s a microwave. A microwave is the quickest and easiest way to reheat food. This also includes all types of recipes. But cooking chicken is not child’s play.

Microwave reheating may seem like an easy process for wings. It’s easy only after you follow the correct instructions. Otherwise, you’re left with dry and mushy wings. You don’t want that, do you?

What you’ll need:

  • A microwave-friendly pan (or plate)
  • A non-stick baking tray
  • Paper towels
  • A high-powered oven

And here are the instructions:

  • A microwave is incomplete without an oven. And this step proves why. You need to preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place some paper towels on the plate. Make sure the paper towels are slightly damp.
  • Place the chicken wings on the plate.
  • Cover the chicken wings with a damp paper towel.
  • Heat the wings in a microwave for 2 minutes. Make sure the microwave is set to medium-high heat.
  • Transfer the slightly-heated wings on the baking tray.
  • Place the tray inside the preheated oven. Bake the chicken wings for a minute each side.
  • Allow the wings to cool off for 2 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

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The End

There are many recipes for chicken wings. Like Sweet and Sour, Hot Wings, Buffalo, Honey and Orange Wings. But what’s the best dipping sauce for chicken wings? I prefer the old but gold barbecue or blue cheese dipping sauce. A good ranch dipping sauce with lemon zest is my third favorite.

Anything goes with a good batch of chicken wings. And the fact that they’re so delicious when crispy and juicy is enough reason to want more.

So how to reheat wings until they are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside? To prepare wings, by reheating them, is to turn them golden brown. And if you really want to know, reheating is easier than baking.

I have spoken about my best ways to reheat wings. Using different methods ranging from an oven to frying to a microwave. Do you have any special way to reheat chicken wings? How about you share your tricks with us here?

And if you want to know 7 different ways to prepare chicken wings, here are the recipes:


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