The Best Way To Reheat Boneless Wings
You are hosting a party later in the day, and you’ve gone all out to prepare the meals before time so that you can be as much a part of the fun, not of the help constantly on their feet.
Part of your prepped meals include a large batch of the crunchiest, most juicy hot boneless chicken wings.
You have no idea how they will remain so for your guests’ enjoyment, or, if they will have some semblance of the effort you put into their preparation, when you reheat them later.
Plus, you had made enough of the boneless wings to have for lunch the next day. Is this a disaster in the making?
It doesn’t help that when you do your research, you find that there really is no consensus on the best way to reheat chicken wings, let 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, they remain at room temperature beyond two hours, you have a very sensitive situation.
They are 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 their cooking.
If you know they will not be eaten up, allow them to cool completely, wrap them in foil, place them in airtight containers, and refrigerate. This guarantees they will be good and safe to eat within two days and will retain their flavor and moistness.
If you choose to freeze them in sealed freezer bags, they can last up to four months, but be warned that the texture will have changed.
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 counter top. 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 covering the pan with a tablespoon of oil, and let it heat up on medium- low heat. When the oil is hot, place the wings in the pan and cover.
Let them heat up for about 5 to 8 minutes, and then turn them over with 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.
Once the wings are an even golden color, they are done. Remove them from the fire, and place them on paper towel- lined plates, and allow them to cool. Dab them to remove the excess oil, and they are ready to savor.
You could also sauté the boneless wings, which gives you the opportunity to coat them in a sauce of your choice, 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 they are good for eating.
Reheat under a broiler
If you do not wish to bake or fry your boneless wings, broiling is also 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 reheated 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 probably feel that microwave heating of your boneless wings is akin to the end of the world.
It isn’t too bad, as it is the fastest and least intense method, but is ought to be the very last option.
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 food travels 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 with producing humidity that 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 them 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 when making chicken salads and sandwiches, you do not 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 left over wings, and they have all their texture and flavor retained.
All you need is to be sure is that after cooking, your wings did not stay at room temperature for an extended period of time, 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 apparent that oven reheating is the best method that also retains their taste, golden color and crispy texture.
It also presents you with the least amount of effort you will need to reheat them.
In comparison, the microwave method gives you dry wings that are tasteless, and sometimes soggy if they were previously deep fried. It is also quite a task to keep checking on their doneness.
Frying is also a good method that retains the juicy, crispy golden wings, but with unnecessarily extra fat from extra the cooking oil needed to reheat them.
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, however you do decide to reheat them is all matter of choice, and it is yours.