3 of The Best Way to Reheat Wings and Keep Them Delicious !

There are few things in life as satisfying than tasting a perfectly-cooked fried chicken wing. There’s just something wonderful about seeing that golden skin and biting into that crisp skin and juicy meat while hearing that crunch between your teeth.

However, nothing turns a smile into a frown faster than cold wings. What’s the best way to reheat wings and keep them delicious?

Let’s look at three fantastic methods to keep those wings tasty and mouthwateringly good !


Bringing Tasty Back

best way to reheat wings - burnt fried chicken wings

No one likes the taste of left-over chicken. Hence our first inclination to cold chicken, particularly chicken wings, is to apply some heat once again.

However, mindlessly reheating wings don’t always yield the result you want. Common reheating issues are soggy skin, uneven temperatures, and overdone or even burnt chicken.

Similar problems are present when reheating buffalo wings as well. Although you won’t typically expect the same crispy skin from fried wings slathered in sauce, you’ll still want chicken that is hot both inside and out.

So, whether you’re reheating the wings you’ve brought to a gathering, or you’re reviving refrigerated wings, make sure to try one of these three remarkable heating methods.

The 3 Best Methods to Reheat Wings

Taste can be a very finicky and personal thing: what is delicious for one may be the opposite for another. This factor is a reason why we can’t say that there’s only one best way to reheat wings. So, here are three different methods.

Try experimenting with this methods, so you’ll know which reheating practice will yield the best-tasting wings !

Method 1: Reheating via Oven

hot bbq chicken wings on oven tray

Utilizing an oven to heat your wings is arguably one of the most popular ways to revive cold or leftover chicken.

Ovens will heat those yummy wings evenly while it seals in the wing’s delectable juices and flavor. This fact is especially for chicken wings that you’ve coated in a sauce, such as buffalo wings, or Korean-style fried chicken.

Naturally, deep-frying these type of wings will risk burning the coating and ruining the chicken.

This method will take around 30 minutes.

What you’ll need

  • Baking pan
  • ​Aluminum foil
  • Wire rack
  • Tongs
  • ​Timer
  • Optional: thermometer
  • Optional: a pinch of salt, to taste


  1. Before anything else, preheat your oven to 375°F. You can use a thermometer so you can pinpoint the exact moment when the oven reaches the right temperature.
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  3. Prepare your wings by taking it out of the fridge or out of its container. If they’re from the refrigerator, let them go up to room temperature – this will take around 15 to 20 minutes. Letting the wings return to room temperature will improve crisping and even cooking.
  4. When the wings are at room temperature, use a tong to place them onto the baking pan. Take care that you do not overcrowd the pan. Give the wings space so they can reheat evenly. If you have a large number of wings to heat, then you can use more baking pans.
  5. Sprinkle a tiny pinch of salt on the wings
  6. When the oven reaches 350°F, you can then place the chicken wings on the center rack.
  7. Reheat the chicken for 10 to 15 minutes.
  8. Keep a close eye on your chicken wings. It won’t hurt to try a wing at the 7 or 10-minute mark. Monitoring the wings will ensure that they don’t overcook or turn an unsightly dark brown.
  9. The wings are ready when they’re crispy and heated all the way through. You can then take the rest out of the oven and set them on a wire rack to cool for around 5 to 7 minutes.
  10. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Method 2: Reheating via Deep-frying

homemade cooking of deep fried chicken wings in pan

Reheating your wings by re-frying them again is another excellent way to reviving their deliciousness.

In fact, some people swear by double-fried chicken and claim that it may even be tastier than chicken that you fry only once. Many restaurants also claim the superiority of their double-fried chicken!

Naturally, this method may not be ideal for wings that you’ve coated in a sauce ala Buffalo style. You can certainly try, but know that there is a big chance that you’ll burn the sauce coating that is coating the wings.

What you’ll need


  1. Let your chicken wings go up to room temperature. Don’t just drop cold wings into the hot oil. Doing so will drastically lower the oil’s temperature which then gives you less than stellar crispy skin.
  2. When the wings are almost at room temperature, pour cooking oil with a high smoke point (such as vegetable oil, peanut oil, or canola oil) into your deep-fryer or a heavy pan. The heavy pans will be much better at retaining heat. Again, proper heat levels and sustained high temperatures are vital for that crisp skin.
  3. Pour enough oil to cover the wings then heat to 350°F or just before it starts smoking.
  4. Using your tongs, add the wings carefully into the pan or fryer.
  5. Fry the wings for around two to three minutes. Make sure you turn them over regularly so that the skin will be crispy all over and the meat will be heated all the way through. The exact cooking time will vary so feel free to check (and taste) a wing or two so you’ll know if you’ve reached the right balance of crispy skin and juicy meat. Remember: although longer cooking times will give you a crispier skin, it will also dry out the meat.
  6. Once you’re satisfied with your wing’s texture and taste, remove them from the oil and place on a wire rack to drain and cool slightly. Letting the wings rest on the wire rack is vital, not just for unburnt tongues, but so the skin will stay crisp. Draining may take around one to two minutes.
  7. If you’re worried that the wings will be too cold before they fully drain, you can tent a sheet of aluminum foil over them.
  8. Serve immediately and enjoy !

Method 3: Sauté the Wings

close up of chicken wings frying in a pan

Normally, reviving fried chicken by sautéing them isn’t the best option since the thicker parts will end up being heated unevenly cooked. However, this isn’t the case for chicken wings due to their thinner profile.

Moreover, sautéing the wings gives you the opportunity to add a coating that will make your wings even more delicious!

What you’ll need

  • Cooking oil
  • Skillet
  • Tongs
  • Aluminum foil
  • Wire rack
  • Optional: chicken wing coating
  • Optional: chicken coating


  1. Like the other methods, make sure your wings reach room temperature or around it.
  2. While wait you for your wings, heat some oil in a skillet over high heat.
  3. Check the oil’s temperature by carefully sprinkling some water over the pan. If the water quickly fizzles then the oil is ready.
  4. Place the wings in the pan with your tongs. Sauté the wings for 2-4 minutes. Trying a chicken wing or two will help you see if they’re ready. Also, if you’re using a coating for the chicken, this would be a good time to add it to the pan. Afterward, sauté the wings again, so the sauce thoroughly coats them.
  5. When the wings are ready, place them on a wire rack for several minutes.
  6. Dig in and enjoy! If you can, share these delicious goodies!

In Conclusion

Apparently, you don’t need to worry about those left-over wings or those that have gone cold.

deep fried chicken wing

The best way to reheat wings, whether it’s in the oven, re-frying, or sautéing, is incredibly easy ! Revive your delicious chicken wings, and they can still be the life of the party!

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Hello, I’m Sheila Hutton, housewife, mother of two kids, foodie, and blogger who calls California home. Ever since I graduated college and quit my accounting job of five years, family and food have been in the forefront of my mind, which inspired me to launch my very own food blog called Chili Every Day in 2017.

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