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How to Reheat Wings in the Air Fryer

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Sick of leftover wings never tasting as good as fresh? When you reheat wings in the air fryer, you get crispy-on-the-outside, tender-on-the-inside perfection every time!

Wings being reheated in the air fryer with sauce on them and aluminum foil underneath

Reheating leftover wings can be tricky. Heat them too long and you risk them drying out, but don’t heat them long enough and you can end up with soggy skin and lukewarm meat. Not exactly appetizing.

My friends, I have finally found the perfect solution: just reheat wings in the air fryer!

It’s the perfect method for getting crispy-on-the-outside, tender-on-the-inside leftover wings that taste just as good as when they were first cooked!

These instructions include how to reheat chicken wings that are refrigerated and thawed. If you are using precooked frozen chicken wings, the time and temperature will be different.

Here’s what I’m going to teach you in this post:

  • The best way to reheat chicken wings in the air fryer
  • What to do if your wings are sauced
  • Tips for making the best leftover air fryer wings

In the past, I’ve been tempted to just throw out leftover wings because I knew they wouldn’t be as good the next day. Not anymore!

Best of all, reheating wings in the air fryer only takes a few minutes and truly couldn’t be easier.

What is the Best Way to Reheat Chicken Wings?

I’ve tried a lot of different methods for reheating leftover wings. From oven-baking to pan-frying, nothing ever seems to make them taste quite like they did when they were fresh.

That is until I tried reheating wings in the air fryer! It makes them nice and crispy without drying them out.

Hands down, this is the ONLY way I will eat leftover wings.

How to Reheat Wings in the Air Fryer

STEP ONE: Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees.

STEP TWO: Place leftover chicken wings in the air fryer and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until warmed. Spray with a spritz of oil if needed.

If wings are overlapped or touching, add an extra 2-3 minutes to the time for even cooking.

STEP THREE: Remove the wings from the air fryer and enjoy!

Basket being pulled out of the air fryer with sauced wings inside

Can you Reheat Sauced Wings in an Air Fryer?

Yes! However, I do have a few tips for you to avoid a mess.

I like to use a small air fryer pan when I’m reheating sauced wings. This will keep the sauce on the wings so they don’t stick to the air fryer basket, plus they’ll stay nice and moist. 

You could also use tin foil or parchment paper rounds with little amounts of sauce on them.

Besides that, just reheat the sauced chicken wings in a preheated air fryer for 4 to 5 minutes at 350 degrees.

Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Wings on a white plate with a lemon slice

How to Store Leftover Chicken Wings

Like any kind of leftover chicken, you want to keep your wings in an airtight container or zippered plastic gallon bag in the refrigerator.

When stored properly, they will keep for 3-4 days.

Tips for Making the Best Leftover Chicken Wings

  • Cook the chicken wings until they are warmed thoroughly, then immediately remove them from the air fryer. Overcooked chicken wings will dry out.
  • If you’re reheating whole chicken wings in the air fryer (not just drums or flats), add an extra 2 minutes to the cooking time. Since whole wings are larger, this will allow them to fully heat through.
  • Preheat the air fryer before adding the wings to keep them from overcooking and drying out.
Sauced wings inside air fryer basket with aluminum foil underneath

Can You Cook Wings in the Air Fryer from Scratch?

Absolutely! This method is much healthier than traditional deep-fried wings, and they still turn out so crispy and delicious.

If you’re looking for some inspiration, check out my air fryer lemon pepper wings or air fryer chicken wings with buffalo sauce

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Yield: 4 servings

How to Reheat Wings in the Air Fryer

Wings being reheated in the air fryer with sauce on them and aluminum foil underneath

Sick of leftover wings never tasting as good as fresh? When you reheat wings in the air fryer, you get crispy-on-the-outside,tender-on-the-inside perfection every time!

Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound of leftover chicken wings (can use more or less)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees.
  2. Place your leftover chicken wings in the air fryer and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until warmed thoroughly. If wings are overlapped or touching, add an extra 2 to 3 minutes to the cooking time.
  3. Remove the reheated wings from the air fryer and enjoy!

Notes

If Reheating Sauced Wings in the Air Fryer:

Use a small air fryer pan or aluminum foil under the wings to help with clean up and cook for 4 to 5 minutes.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 293Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 118mgSodium: 133mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 29g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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