The Best Way To Re-Heat Wings

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Wings have long been family favorites; from buffalo wings during football season to teriyaki wings for family dinner night, most everyone loves wings. Regardless of the style or flavor you and your family prefer, one thing rings true for most, you don’t want to waste the leftovers.

So, what is the best way tore-heat wings? Let’s look at the many ways, which one works best, and how to keep them tasting as good as fresh the next day.


Types of Wings and Cooking Techniques

​Wings are possibly one of the most versatile foods, ever. It isn’t very often that you find someone who doesn’t like wings and for the most part this is due to how very versatile they are. Across the globe, you can find wings and they will likely be cooked, seasoned, and sauced in a different and exceedingly new ways. Some of the most popular types of wings are buffalo, teriyaki, lemon pepper, and honey mustard but this is really just a generalized flavor profile that will always be different depending on the location.

On top of the amazingly vast flavor profiles of wings, also comes the many different cooking techniques.Braised, grilled, smoked, roasted, fried, and brined are just a few of the different terms you may come across when re-searching wings and their flavor profiles.

That’s being said, the most commonly used cooking method, especially for buffalo wings or hot wings, is deep fried. Deep frying wings gives them aquick cooking time, juicy interior, and a crunchy exterior that lends itself exceptionally well to heavy sauces.

Deep fried wings are still a bit narrow of a spectrum. You still have the endless options for seasonings,breading’s, and sauces to choose from. You will likely come across wings that are heavily seasoned,some that are dredged in a heavy batter, and even those who are fried completely naked and rely completely on a sauce for the flavor profile.

​Reheating Techniques

Regardless of the type of wing or favorite sauce that fancies your taste buds, re-heating them is still a need to know fact. Generally speaking, most wings will need to be re-heated the same ways regardless of how they are cooked.

While most people have a preferred re-heating method, it is best to try the mout and see which on you prefer both for convenience and quality. Let’s look at the different re-heatingtechniques, how to use them, and the end result of each.​


While using the microwave may seem like the quickest and easiest option, it likely will not result in the most ideal texture. If you are looking to preserve a crunchy or crisp exterior, the steam from the microwave may cause a bit of a gummy, soft, or even chewy texture. 

To re-heat wings in the microwave, place them on a microwave safe plate with even spacing. Microwave on highfor 2-3 minutes. Always be sure that if you are re-heating them in the microwave you always remove any lid or covering that may create un-necessary steam and moisture build up.


For those who truly want a crispy wing, re-frying them may be one of the best options to choose from.  For this method, you will want to allow the wings to come to room temperature before frying. This will ensure even heating and help you avoid a burned outside and cold inside.

While the wings are coming to room temperature, heat a few inches of oil in a frying pan or pot over medium heat. When the oil is good and hot, gently place the wings in the oil and allow to cook for 3-4 minutes or until the exterior appears crisp and golden.

Drain over a cooling rack or paper towels and enjoy. When re-heating wings by frying, you will lose most of the sauce that is on the exterior. While the flavor of the sauce will remain, you may want to toss them in more sauce after re-heating.


Using an oven to re-heat wings is one of the most ideal methods. You can accomplish a crispy exterior all why preserving a juicy interior. As with the frying method, it is recommended that you allow the chicken to come to room temperature for even cooking before placing it in the oven.

To begin, pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the wings on a sheet pan that has beenlined with aluminum foil and pace in the over. Allow the wings to cook for 15 minutes and then remove and allow to cool before enjoying.

Stove Top Method​

Unlike most pieces of chicken, wings re-heat rather well by simply being sautéed on the stove top. The wings are typically small enough that even heating isn’t an issue and this method can be quickly accomplished. As with most other methods, it is highly recommended that you start by bringing the wings to room temperature before cooking.

Begin by heating a frying pan over medium heat. Add around 2-3 tablespoons of oil to the pan and then add in the wings. Sauteefor 5-10 minutes or until heated through, depending on the thickness of the wings. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels, serve and enjoy.


Every method of re-heating wings has its pro’s but for most, the oven method yields the most tender and delicious left over wings. The oven method is also the easiest method to use if youare re-heating a large quantity of wings, such as, enough to feed an entire super bowl party.

No matter which type of wing you prefer, all of the re-heating methods will typically work in thesame way and the method you choose to go with is a matter of personal preference for the outcome of re-heated wings.

Regardless of the option you choose, these techniques are sure to leave you with a delicious plate of left overs. Do you have a favorite method to cooking and re-heating wings? Tell us all about it in the comment section bellow!​

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I’m Kanisha, my love and passion is writing about everything food related! I am a food enthusiast who loves so much more than just the basics; I’m always looking at new ways to look at the ins and outs of everything in the kitchen!

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