How to reheat chicken wings in air fryer so they get crispy chicken skin again! Easy to do in a Ninja Foodi or other brand to enjoy again the next day.
I bet you’ve wondered if you could reheat chicken wings in air fryer so they became crispy again. Yes. You. Can! I mean they are pretty darn close to day one especially if they’re sauced at the end. Just one of many tips and tricks we share on our easy air fryer recipes post. (affiliate links present)
How to Reheat Chicken Wings
This is so easy to do you’re going to kick yourself that you didn’t try it earlier. There’s no day but the present though right? If you’re like us you probably make dry rub chicken wings at home pretty often. Maybe you go out to Buffalo Wild Wings instead but always seem to have leftovers.
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I hate wasting food too, I bet you’re the same. 😉 Next time you make them remember the tips we will share below when they are done, so you can enjoy them the next day too.
If you love easy air fryer recipes too, here are some resources to start with:
- My Favorite Air Fryer is a Cosori or for a dual machine, the Foodi.
- You can find more easy air fryer recipes here, we have Ninja Foodi recipes as well; bookmark them both!
Best Way to Reheat Chicken Wings
Let’s talk about how to save leftover chicken wings when you are done eating. There is a method to the madness sorta’ speak as far as this is concerned.
- To start with, plan ahead of time. You probably can guess about how many pieces each person is going to eat right away.
- ONLY toss the pieces you are going to consume right then and there with your favorite barbecue or other chicken wing sauces.
- Store in a freezer bag in your fridge with ALL of the air sucked out.
- you’ll be able to get really crispy chicken wings AGAIN if they aren’t stored with sauce on the outside
- Reheat wings within 2 days for the best texture, the next day is the most ideal.
- When you’re ready to reheat leftovers take chicken wings out of the fridge and allow them to reach room temperature. 20 minutes is a good gage, or put wings in the microwave just for 1 minute to take the edge off.
- Do NOT overlap pieces in your air fryer basket. The hot air needs to circulate all the way around for the best results.
- Toss with a fresh sauce when done. Since the outside won’t quite be as crunchy as day one you can disguise that a bit by brushing or smothering that in a sauce.
Now that you have that down pat and understand how to store them properly on day one, we’re ready to move on.
Reheating Chicken Wings in Ninja Foodi
You could bake or use a frying pan for these, but reheating chicken in air fryer is SO much better. Not only does it take far less time but the texture turns out so much more appetizing for sure. It doesn’t stop there though with the smallest piece on the bird, reheating chicken tenders in air fryer is the only way to go too.
Nobody likes rubbery skin that is ready for the garbage can. Just 5 minutes to prep the basket and get it to the right temperature and then throw in your meats.
Now if you have a lot of crispy wings to heat again you’ll want a baking sheet handy. When one batch is done throw them on top and sit them in your oven (off). This will keep them warm as you do the rest.
You don’t really need a meat thermometer this time since they are precooked and the internal temperature has already been safely reached. You’re just warming your fried chicken y’all. Timing is for separated pieces, if you cooked air fryer whole chicken wings you’d need to increase the time a few min.
How to Reheat Buffalo Wild Wings in Air Fryer
Now let’s do a quick rundown of how this is done. I have a printable recipe card with cooking time and temperature below but let’s have a quick peek.
- Ideally take the bag with your precooked wings out and leave on the countertop for about 20 minutes so they get closer to room temperature.
- You’ll want to start by preheating your air fryer to 360 degrees F for 5 minutes.
- Spray the inside of your air fryer basket with non stick cooking spray. Lay your leftover wings in the basket in a single layer, not overlapping.
- Air fry for 2-3 minutes on each side or until they are warmed and skin is as crispy as you’d like it to be.
Reheat Boneless Wings in Air Fryer
Do you think you got it, bone in or out works great the same way. This isn’t great just for wings though, you can follow these same steps for chicken thighs or breasts in the air fryer too. Since those are larger and surely thicker you would need to increase the timing but that would only be the real difference.
Give it a whirl when you want to finish off your last meal and let us know what you think. Do you have a favorite sauce we might want to try? Let us know below so we can give it a whirl on our next go around. 😉
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Reheat Chicken Wings in Air Fryer
- Ideally take the bag with your precooked wings out and leave on the countertop for about 20 minutes. Preheat your air fryer to 360 degrees F for 5 minutes.
- Spray inside of air fryer basket with olive oil spray. Lay wings in the basket in a single layer, not overlapping.
- Air fry for 2-3 minutes on each side or until they are warmed and skin is as crispy as you'd like it to be.
- Put into a bowl and drizzle sauce on top, toss to coat and enjoy.