The Best Method For Reheating Chicken Wings

Perhaps no finger food complements watching football quite like chicken wings. Hot wings, cold beer, and football form a harmonious trio. The numbers prove it: According to the National Chicken Council, it was estimated that Americans consume somewhere in the neighborhood of 1.42 billion pounds of wings while viewing the Super Bowl. Applebee's even offers a limited time All You Can Eat Boneless Wings deal that coincides with the start of each football season. 

While wings may be synonymous with football, they are devoured year-round and make the perfect party snack, whether entertaining guests at a family gathering or a house party. But when you're buying wings in bulk to accommodate company, you're going to occasionally be stuck with leftovers. Knowing the best method for reheating chicken wings can help ensure you get the best flavor and texture possible the second time around as well.

Keeping your reheated wings crispy and tasty

There's nothing worse than eating chicken wings that are soggy and rubbery or dried out, so consider these reheating tips to ensure optimal flavor and texture. Wings and Rings, a Cincinnati-based sports restaurant franchise, slings their fair share of wings to the hungry masses, especially during football season. When reheating chicken wings, they recommend setting the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, spacing the wings out in a single layer on a baking sheet, and then cooking them for 10 to 20 minutes. It's also best to simply order the sauce on the side, so when you do have leftovers, you can add the sauce after reheating, which can help prevent your wings from turning into a soggy mess. 

For the best-reheated chicken wings, The Barbec suggests spritzing the wings with water before baking to prevent them from drying out. The website further suggests flipping the wings after five to six minutes. Another method of reheating chicken wings involves cooking them in an air fryer at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for five minutes on one side and three minutes on the other side. You can grill them as well, at a temperature of 350 degrees Fahrenheit, for around eight minutes per side (via Lacademie). And should you ever feel motivated to prepare your own wings at home and skip the bar or store-bought stuff, this delicious chicken wing recipe might serve as an inspiration when hosting your next house party.