Chicken wings are the ultimate comfort food. It is the best finger food when it comes to watching basketball or baseball games and it can be your go-to dish if you are planning a party. Since that’s the case, then maybe you are like me who wants to make sure that you will always have chicken wings in your refrigerator so you can eat some anytime you want!
I love chicken wings—there’s no denying that. And stocking up on wings is always a good idea to me. But there is this one issue that I always encounter every time I store excess cooked chicken wings in my refrigerator—I find it hard to bring back the taste and texture of my beloved chicken wings when I reheat them.
I have come to the point that I got fed up eating soggy and tasteless chicken wings, and so I did my research, and oh boy, I am glad I did. Now, I am well versed with the various ways on how to reheat wings. So if you are dealing with the same dilemma I experienced before, you need to read this article that I have prepared for you.
The Things You Will Need
Before we discuss the steps of each reheating process, let us first identify what are the things you may need for each process. Here are some of them:
- Microwaveable plate.
- Baking tray.
- Paper Towel.
- Cooking oil of your choice.
- Wire Rack.
- Chicken coating.
- Deep fryer (If you do not have a deep fryer, you can use a deep pan instead and place it over the stove.).
- Baking pan (or a lasagna pan).
- Aluminum foil.
The Different Ways (and detailed Guide) on How to Reheat Wings
As mentioned in the title, I will be presenting to you four different ways on how you can reheat your favorite chicken wings. To help you determine which process would be most suitable for you, I have given a few information and a step-by-step process for each method below:
Method #1: Using the Microwave
If you are looking for a fast and easy way to reheat wings, your microwave is your best option. However, many people do not like this method because this process may produce soggy chicken wings (which nobody likes!). Lucky for you, I have found a way on how to prevent that from happening!
Step 1. Prepare the plate.
Line the microwaveable plate with a damp paper towel then arrange the wings properly on the plate. Place another layer of a damp towel over the wings.
Step 2. Microwave the wings.
Place the plate with wings inside the microwave and heat it for 2 minutes until it feels warm to touch.
- Many people would stop the process in this step, and it is the reason why they end up with soggy wings. To prevent that from happening, you will need to carry out one more step, and this is the step that follows.
- Also, avoid heating the wings for more than 2 minutes because doing so will cause it to be soggy too.
Step 3. Bake the wings.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Take out the wings from the microwave and place it on the baking tray and bake it for about a minute. Flip the wings over and continue baking for another minute. Remove tray from the oven, and you have a nice and crispy chicken wings.
Method #2: Through Sautéing
Sautéing is your best option if your plan to add the coating to your chicken wings.
Step 1. Thaw the wings.
Let the wings reach room temperature before you reheat it.
Step 2. Prepare the pan.
Place oil in a skillet and place the pan over medium high heat and wait for the oil to heat up before adding the chicken wings.
Pro Tip:If you are not sure if the oil is already hot enough, you can test its temperature by sprinkling water over the pan. Once the oil fizzes, it means that the oil is hot enough.
Step 3. Heat the chicken wings.
Using the tongs, place the wings in the pan. Saute the wings for 2 to 4 minutes. If you plan on adding the coating to the chicken, you can add it at this stage. After adding the coating, saute the wings again for a few more minutes until they have been thoroughly coated.
Method #3: By Deep Frying It
If you wish to revive the delicious taste of your chicken wings, deep frying is the best way to go!
Step 1. Let the wings reach room temperature.
Dropping cold chicken wings to the oil is a big no-no as it can lower the temperature of the oil which may reduce the crispiness of the chicken.
Step 2. Pour oil into the fryer or pan.
Pour oil into the deep fryer or pan. The oil must be enough to cover all the wings. Set the fryer to high heat (if you will be using a pan, place it on the stove and set it to high heat).
Pro Tip:High temperature and well-heated oil are needed to achieve perfectly heated wings so you should check the temperature by placing the thermometer in the oil. Wait for the temperature to hit 350 degrees F before doing the next step.
Step 3. Cook the wings.
If you have already hit the right temperature, add the wings using a tong. Allow them to deep fry for about 2 to 3 minutes.
Pro Tip:Turn the wings over consistently all throughout the cooking process to make sure that the meat will be thoroughly heated and that the skin will get crispy. Remove from the fryer or pan and wait for it to cool down a bit before serving.
Method #4: By Using an Oven
Using an oven is the best option to reheat chicken wings that are coated in sauce.
Step 1. Prepare the oven and chicken.
Let the chicken sit for 5 to 10 minutes until they reach temperature. As you wait for the chicken to warm up a bit, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. While waiting for the chicken and the oven, line the baking tray with foil.
Step 2. Bake the wings.
Once the wings are warm enough, arrange the wings on the tray. Place the tray in the oven and bake the wings for 15 minutes.
- Spray a small amount of water to the wings before baking them to prevent them from drying.
- Keep in mind that the baking time may vary depending on the size of the chicken, so it is best that you check on the wings from time to time. To check if the wings are already properly heated, take a piece of chicken wing, use a butcher knife to slice it and see if its meat is already hot enough.
Let’s Reheat Your Wings
You do not have to settle with soggy and yucky chicken wings! With all the easy tips and methods on how to reheat wings that I have provided above, you can restore the texture and taste of your favorite dish!
I hope that this simple tutorial has been helpful for you! If you know more reheating techniques, I and my readers will be glad to hear from you! Please leave a comment below!