The Best Way To Reheat Boneless Wings
You are hosting a party later in the day, and you’ve gone all out to prepare your meals before time so that you do not miss out on the fun, by constantly being in the kitchen.
Part of the meals you have prepped is a large batch of the crunchiest, most juicy hot boneless chicken wings.
You have no idea how they will be when your guests arrive later. It bothers you whether they will still be hot enough or if you will need to reheat them.
Plus, you had made enough of the boneless wings to have for lunch the next day. Don’t we all Love this!
It doesn’t help that when you do your research, you find that there really is no one answer on the best way to reheat chicken wings, leave alone boneless wings.
Everybody seems to have their own methods, and admittedly, what works for one person, may not work for another.
But, there are some really good methods that do work, for the most part, and will have your boneless wings tasting just as good, or even better when reheated.
We shall review the very best, and, after testing, settle for that which best works for you.
Like all meats and other foods, chicken meat is very delicate. If, after cooking, it remains at room temperature beyond two hours, you may have to do some damage control later.
Chicken is prone to bacteria that thrive in warm, moist environments, such as E-coli and Salmonella.
It is advisable to consume your chicken wings within two hours of cooking.
If you know it will not be eaten up, allow it to cool completely, wrap in foil paper, place it in airtight containers, and refrigerate. This guarantees good and safe chicken which should be eaten within two days for a flavorful tasty dish.
If you choose to freeze it in sealed freezer bags, it can last up to four months, but be warned that the texture will change.
The USDA recommendation when reheating leftover chicken wings, and all leftover foods that have been stored correctly, is that it must be brought to an internal temperature of 165F.
Best Way To Reheat Boneless Wings
Before you start reheating chicken wings, there are some simple instructions you need to consider.
- There’s no need to feel rushed. Select your preferred mode of reheating the boneless chicken, and repaper everything you will need.
- If you had frozen your wings, allow them to thaw in the refrigerator the night before. Do not thaw them on the kitchen counter, because at room temperature, they provide an optimum environment to breed bacteria, which can cause food poisoning.
- If the boneless wings were in the refrigerator, they can stay on the kitchen counter for no more than 10 minutes.
Reheat in the oven
This is probably the best and fastest method of reheating boneless wings, as they remain moist on the inside, and a crispy golden on the outside.
You will need aluminum foil or baking paper, a baking pan, and an oven.
Preheat your oven to 350F, perhaps in the ten minutes while your wings are on the kitchen countertop. Then, line your baking pan or tray, and line it with the aluminum foil or baking paper.
Place the boneless wings on the tray, and spread them out evenly, with none lying on top of another.
Using a spray bottle, lightly sprinkle some water over them, and if you wish, spread a little butter over them with an oil brush. This helps to keep them moist, and tasty.
Let them bake for about 7 to 8 minutes, and until 165F if you have a thermometer. Take them out and turn them over using a pair of tongs, which allows for even reheating. Let them bake for a further similar time. Take them out of the oven, and you should have boneless wings that are as good as freshly made.
You will need to keep an eye on the wings when they are in the oven to ensure they do not get charred. Smaller boneless wings will require a little less time as compared to the larger sized ones.
This is the best method to reheat your boneless wings, as it ensures even heating and easily and quickly restores the crunchy texture of the wings.
Reheat in a pan
Pan reheating also works well for boneless wings. All you require for this method is a sturdy frying pan with a lid and your choice of cooking oil.
Begin by adding a tablespoon of oil to the pan, and letting it heat up on medium-low heat. Once the oil gets hot, place the wings in the pan and cover.
Let them heat up for about 5 to 8 minutes, and then turn them over using your tongs. You can turn them every two to three minutes just to be sure they don’t stick to the pan.
If you prefer crispier wings, allow them to cook for a few extra minutes on each side, while constantly flipping them, until the inside temperature reaches 165F.
When the wings achieve an even golden color, they are done.
Remove them from the fire, and place them on a paper towel-lined plates, and allow to cool. Dab using a paper towel to remove the excess oil, and they are ready to savor.
You could also sauté your boneless wings, by coating them in a sauce of your choice such as the Dijon mustard, adding to their flavor.
Simply coat the wings with the sauce and herbs or spices of your choice, and fry on high heat for about two to three minutes on each side.
Once they are done, place them on a wire rack for cooling, and then you can enjoy it!
Reheat under a broiler
If you do not wish to bake or fry your boneless wings, broiling is a good alternative to reheating.
You will need an oven, baking sheets, and aluminum foil.
Preheat your oven to high broil for about 20 minutes, with the rack placed 10 inches from the heating element.
Meanwhile, line the baking sheet with the foil.
Spread out the boneless wings on the aluminum foil-lined baking sheet, which will help to ensure your wings are not greasy.
Place them on the rack, and broil until they are fully heated to 165F, which should take no more than 12 minutes.
With this method, you will only need to flip the wings once, around the half-time mark.
Once ready, remove them from the oven, place them on paper towels as they cool down, and they are good to go.
Reheat in a microwave
You may be one of the people against using the microwave to reheat your wings. But I can tell you, using the microwave is a great alternative if the other methods seem long and tiring.
It is actually the fastest and least intense method but you are likely to end up with soggy and moist wings.
Luckily, I will show you a method that brings out nice warm crispy wings.
You will need a microwave-safe plate with a lid, a bowl of water, and some damp paper towels or saran wrap if you will not use a lid.
Place the boneless chicken on the paper towel-lined plate, and flatten them around the edges. This helps in ensuring they heat up evenly.
Your wings need to be covered, either with a lid, damp paper towels or saran wrap, to minimize the amount of moisture they lose, and the splattering of oils in the microwave.
Place the plate off-center in the microwave to ensure the wings rotate evenly across the hot and cold spots in the microwave.
Place the bowl of water in the microwave, at the center of the plate of wings, as this helps to produce the humidity which will ensure the wings do not dry out and become chewy and rubbery.
Allow the wings to heat on high for about one minute, or on medium heat for two minutes, then stop and remove from microwave and check if the center is hot, and has reached 165F.
Turn them over and keep microwaving until they are done.
Every now and then, stop the microwave and check on the wings with a knife.
If the center is hot, they’re done! Otherwise, turn them around and keep microwaving.
Once done, remove from the microwave, transfer to a serving platter, and enjoy.
Reheat by deep-frying
If you have the time and energy and have a craving for double deep-fried chicken- many people do, then this would be the ideal method for you.
You will need a deep frying pan and skillet, some cooking oil, platter, and paper towels.
Heat the oil to 350F, then place the wings to fry, without lumping them over each other.
Allow to deep fry until they are nice and crispy with a golden color. Remember the internal temperature of the wings should reach 165F.
Remove from the oil while allowing the excess oil to drip off, and transfer to a paper towel-lined platter.
Allow to cool and they are ready to eat.
Reheat by grilling
It may mean extra time and energy for you, but this is another plausible method to reheat your boneless wings while having fun. Kind of a repeat barbecue.
You will require a grill, platter and a pair of tongs.
Heat up your barbecue on low heat. When ready, place the wings on it, and let them heat through for about ten minutes.
Turn them over and allow for a similar period of time, and ensure they are heated through, and their color is delectably golden.
Do not allow them to char, unless this is your goal.
Allow them to cool when done, and savor barbecued wings.
Yes, this really is an option.
If you cannot eat the boneless chicken when they are fresh off the fire, you will store them in the refrigerator, to devour later.
So, just like you do when making chicken salads and sandwiches, you do not have to reheat the boneless wings.
Ever thought that you can just have them straight from the refrigerator without the extra hassle?
It is a really good way to eat leftover wings, and they have all their texture and flavor retained.
All you need to do is to make sure that after cooking, your wings did not stay at room temperature for more than two hours, and that they were handled well.
And if your refrigerator runs cold enough, you are good to grab a handful and enjoy an uncomplicated snack.
Having reviewed the various ways of reheating boneless wings, it is in my opinion that oven reheating is the best method that retains the taste, golden color, and crispy texture of the wings.
It also presents you with the least amount of effort you will need to reheat them.
In comparison, the microwave method can result in dry wings that are tasteless, and sometimes soggy if not done correctly. The wings are likely to be soggy if they were previously deep-fried.
It is also quite tasking to keep checking if the wings are properly done.
Frying is a good method that retains the juicy, crispy golden wings, but presents a challenge if you are watching your weight and you do not need the extra fat from the cooking oil used when reheating.
You can add some spunk to your reheated boneless chicken by making a side of salsa, using them for hot sandwiches, or having them with tacos, baked potatoes or chips, freshly made tomato or barbecue dips.
As long as you are cautious about the exposure and handling of the boneless wings, you are guaranteed to enjoy your wings.
Whichever method you decide to use when reheating your wings, ensure you devour them crispy delicacies as you deserve them.