Do you have leftovers that need to be eaten? If you’re thinking about the best way to reheat chicken wings in the air fryer, then look no further. Our handy guide is here to help.
Reheating chicken wings in an air fryer is pretty simple, and doesn’t take up much time.
How long should I reheat chicken wings?
It only takes around two to three minutes at 350°F to reheat five chicken wings coming from room temperature.
If you are reheating more than five wings then increase the air frying time to five minutes.
You don’t want to reheat the wings for any longer than that otherwise you will risk burning the wings.
Air frying time also depends on how cold (or even frozen!) your chicken wings are.
Keep on reading to learn all about using an air fryer to reheat chicken wings, and how to achieve the best results for a delicious, budget-friendly meal.
Is Reheating Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer a Good Idea?
Now that I have an air fryer, I cook everything I possibly can because it takes half the time than the oven or pan frying.
I am a big fan of the air fryer, and so of course, I think it is a good way to reheat any kind of food – especially chicken wings!
Air fryers are notorious for replicating the Maillard effect which is the delicious browning reaction that takes place when foods are being cooked at a high temperature.
Trust me when I say once you try reheating leftovers in the air fryer, you won’t look at other methods.
How Long Does It Take To Reheat Chicken Wings?
The temperature of your chicken wings will determine how long you will need to reheat it for.
We go into detail below with chicken wings stored at different temperatures and how this affects the reheating time..
Chicken Wings from Room Temperature
We’ve mentioned that it takes around two to three minutes at 350°F to reheat chicken wings in the air fryer.
You can reheat up to five chicken wings you’ve kept at room temperature this way.
Duration in air fryer: two to three minutes at 350°F
Chicken Wings from the Fridge
Wings coming straight from the fridge will need a more time because they will take longer to heat up.
Try popping them into the air fryer for at least five minutes. Check them afterwards and use your judgment to see whether or not they could use another minute or two.
Read more here about how long you need to wait before putting food in the fridge.
Duration in air fryer: around five minutes at 350°F
Chicken Wings from the Freezer
Air frying frozen wings will definitely take up more time. The end result should still be just as tasty as fresh.
For frozen varieties, reheat for around eight minutes. Go ahead and check how the wings are doing half way through reheating..
A comparable food would be frozen french fries, which I air fry all the time in my Philips Air Fryer. Frozen chicken wings should take a similar amount of time.
Duration in air fryer: go for eight minutes at 350°F (but check on them half way through)
Related reading: 21 Easy Chicken Recipes to Try at Home Now!
How is Air Frying so Quick?
Reheating foods in the air fryer takes a fraction of what it would take in the oven because of its compact design and high temperature.
Air fryer baskets are relatively small and this helps heat circulate faster and cook foods evenly. They only hold enough food for around two, maybe three people.
As a rule of thumb, you will want to minimize the amount of time your wings are in the air fryer. They will not need long to reheat.
Learn more about air frying in our article, How to Use Philips Air Fryer for the First Time.
Don’t have an air fryer but have leftover chicken wings? Here are two alternative methods you can try.
How Long to Reheat Chicken Wings in the Microwave?
When it comes to microwaving, less is more. We’ve touched on one of the downsides of microwaving: it’s tendency to dry out food. We recommend that you use this method only sparingly.
If you decide to reheat your wings in your microwave then ensure you reheat them for around 4 minutes.
Top Tip: Placing your chicken wings on a plate and then wrapping them in plastic wrap (or placing a napkin on top of them) will prevent your chicken wings from drying out too much.
Want to learn more? Have a read through our article, Air Fryer VS Microwave [With Handy Comparison Charts], for more information.
Duration: 4 minutes in the microwave, covered, at 800 to 900 watts.
How Long to Reheat Chicken Wings in the Oven?
Reheating wings in the oven is definitely the most time consuming method. You will need to first preheat the oven to 350°F. Preheating can take around 10-12 minutes depending on the oven model.
Once the oven has been preheated, you can stick the wings inside. I recommend wrapping them up in aluminum foil so that they heat up without losing too much moisture.
Reheat the wings for at least 12 minutes. They won’t come out as crispy as the air fryer, but they will be nice and warm to eat.
If you want them to be crispy at the top, uncover your wings, then you can broil for another minute or two.
Duration: at least 12 minutes in the oven at 350°F.
Top Tips for Reheating Chicken Wings
To continually get the best results when reheating your leftover chicken wings, follow these quick tips.
Always Have Extra Sauce
It always helps to have a little extra sauce on hand. When your wings are done reheating, you’ll want to pour over the remaining sauce or keep on the side for dipping. The sauce will make your wings taste juicy like they’ve just been cooked in the restaurant.
Use An Air Fryer
It doesn’t matter which air fryer you use, but by air frying you won’t dry out the center. Instead, air frying will make the outside layer even crispier.
Air fryers are like mini convection ovens. It moves hot air rapidly around the food, leaving it with a crispy outside but juicy and tender inside.
Chef’s tip: Remember to not “overcrowd” the basket otherwise the air fryer will only reheat your chicken wings in patches.
Check out our latest article on the best air fryers with racks to purchase on Amazon.
Try Reheating Boneless Wings
If you didn’t know boneless wings even existed, take this as your cue to go and try some! Technically boneless wings don’t exist. these are actually juicy pieces of chicken breast smothered in the same wing sauce you love.
Boneless wings tend to be more plump and look more like chicken nuggets than wings.
How Can I Reheat More Chicken Wings in My Air Fryer?
To maximize surface area, try purchasing an air frying rack to double the cooking space. You can then stack chicken wings on top and bottom and let them reheat evenly throughout.
Unsure of where to start? Have a look at these air fryer accessories on Amazon.
Can I Reheat Chicken Wings in the Philips Air Fryer?
Most definitely! To reheat chicken wings in the Philips Air Fryer simply follow these steps:
- Turn the air fryer on and keep your wings ready.
- Press the French Fry setting. Usually this will automatically set the air fryer at a specific time interval and temperature. You can adjust this accordingly.
- Adjust the temperature and the cooking time with the digital interface..
- Place wings inside the air fryer ( use perforated parchment paper for easier clean up).
- Press the start button and wait for the timer to sound.
- Take your wings out, drizzle over the remaining sauce (if you have some), and enjoy with fries or celery sticks!
How Long Are Reheated Chicken Wings Good For?
Food bought from a restaurant is good in the fridge for two days. If you make the chicken wings from scratch then you can store them in the fridge for up to four days.
The reason why restaurant food is to be kept for a shorter time is because it is often cooked in advance and isn’t 100% fresh by the time you order it.
The time needed to reheat your wings in the airfryer will depend largely on how cold your wings are.
For room temperature wings, reheat them for around two to three minutes.
If you’re taking chicken wings out from the fridge, it is best to air fry them for around five minutes or so. They require the extra heat to warm up.
Frozen chicken wings will need at least eight minutes in the air fryer. Feel free to check on them half way through to ensure they aren’t overcooked.
There you have it! Reheat chicken wings in the air fryer quickly and efficiently!
If you have all the ingredients and extras, they can even taste better when reheated.
Have you already reheated chicken wings in the air fryer? What was the experience like? Tell us in the comments below.