5 Best Ways to Reheat Chicken Wings 

Chicken wings are a crowd-pleaser all across the country. Enjoyed along side pizza, as an appetizer before your meals or even just by themselves. Sometimes you don’t get a chance to enjoy them right away, so what are the best ways to reheat chicken wings?

Lets take a look at 5 of my favorite ways to reheat wings below.

5 Best Ways to Reheat Chicken Wings

Enjoying your reheated wings will make you the MVP of game night. Here are a couple tips to follow to make the most of your wings.

Order your chicken wings un-sauced! This is the best advice if you don’t plan on eating your wings immediately. The sauce will make your chicken wings soggy in no time at all. Any sauced wings when reheated will never be a crispy as they once were!

Let your chicken wings rest out before reheating! All my methods included here except the last benefit from having your wings rest out of the fridge prior to cooking. All meats reheat and cook better after a quick rest.

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Reheating Wings in the Oven

So this is my #1 method for reheating chicken wings. The oven/toaster oven is just the all around easiest way to reheat most leftovers in the kitchen.

The oven will return near perfect results if you do it right and with very little effort. Sounds like a win to me!

best way to reheat chicken wings

Oven Reheating Instructions

  1. Remove your wings from the refrigerator and let stand for about 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat your oven or toaster oven to 350 degrees. If you have a convection oven, use the convection setting for best results.
  3. Lay out your chicken wings in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure the wings have an inch or so space between them.
  4. Reheat wings for 10 minutes and remove from oven. Turn chicken wings over and heat for additional 5-10 minutes. (Length of reheating will depend on both your oven and how many total wings).
  5. Once done, remove from oven and transfer wings into a large stainless steel mixing bowl. The bigger the bowl the better.
  6. Now is time to add your sauce or dry rub to the bowl, toss or mix with spatula to fully coat the chicken wings.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

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Reheating Wings in an Air Fryer

This is definitely a great option for reheating and cooking all sorts of things. The results are always crispy and juicy, exactly what you want in a chicken wing!

The main limitation, and the reason is not #1 method, is the amount you can reheat at once. Even the largest air fryer will only be able to properly reheat about 2lbs of chicken wings. Some smaller models will barely fit 1lb of wings. Most of the time, that’s lots but if you have a large party, the oven or BBQ grill are your best bet.

Air Fryer Reheating Instructions

  1. Remove your chicken wings from the refrigerator and let stand for about 15 minutes before reheating.
  2. Preheat your air fryer to 380 degrees.
  3. Once preheated, place your wings in the basket. If your air fryer has a baking rack, use it as well for another layer above. Make sure to space your wings about a half-inch apart.
  4. Reheat your chicken wings for 10 minutes. Remove the basket and stir/shake up your wings.
  5. Reheat for additional 5 minutes until desired crispiness.
  6. Place wings into large stainless mixing bowl, the bigger the better.
  7. Toss wings or stir with sauce or dry rub seasoning.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

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Reheating Chicken Wings on a BBQ

Ahh the glorious BBQ – great way to get perfect char and flavor to your foods. Its a quick and easy way to reheat your chicken wings too.

best ways to reheat chicken wings

This way works best if you’ve followed the best tips and have your chicken wings un-sauced. Any sugary sauce on the wings will drip down into the grill burners and create flames. This sometimes can over-char your wings if left unchecked!

BBQ Reheating Instructions

  1. Preheat BBQ grill, turning on as many burners as you’ll need to 3/4 full. 1lb of wings will need about 1 square foot of grill
  2. Remove your wings from refrigerator and let stand at room temperature for about 15 minutes.
  3. Spray baking release onto grill or wipe grill with oil covered paper towel.
  4. Place chicken wings directly onto grill, spaced about an inch apart.
  5. Grill wings for about 5 minutes each side, turning once.
  6. Remove from grill, place into large stainless mixing bowl.
  7. Toss or stir chicken wings with desired sauce or dry rub.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Reheating Wings in a Frying Pan

This way is limited to only 1lb of wings and works great with pre-sauced wings. If you have more than a pound of wings you’ll need to do them in seperate batches!

Frying Pan Reheating Instructions

  1. Remove your chicken wings and let stand at room temperature for about 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat your largest frying pan or wok over medium heat.
  3. Add 1 tbsp of vegetable oil to pan.
  4. Fry wings, tossing every couple minutes to ensure even cooking.
  5. Remove from heat and add desired sauce or dry rub to the pan.
  6. Toss to coat evenly in the sauce or rub.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Reheating Wings in a Microwave

best ways to reheat chicken wings

The good old microwave makes the list, as its probably the easiest appliance to reheat almost anything. It just doesn’t give as good of results as the methods above.

Reheating your chicken wings in the microwave will work really quickly, but tends to dry them out making them chewy and tougher. But lets be honest, its super-duper easy. And I like easy!

Microwave Reheating Instructions

  1. Take wings directly from refrigerator – no need to let stand at room temperature. Easier already!
  2. Lay out wings single layer on large microwave safe plate.
  3. Place a damp piece of paper towel on top of chicken wings. This will help wings hold some of their juiciness, plus it will stop extra splatter from cooking.
  4. Heat wings on high for 2 minutes.
  5. Remove and turn over each wing. Return to microwave and cook for additional 1 minute.
  6. If desired, place in large stainless bowl and toss in your favorite sauce or dry rub.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

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