How Long to Reheat Wings in an Air Fryer: Complete Guide

If you’ve recently hosted a tailgate or party and you’ve got a pile of chicken wings left over, don’t panic! I’ve got all the details for you on how long to reheat wings in an air fryer so that you can enjoy them the next day. I love how they come out crispy, juicy, and just as delicious the second time around!

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Can I Reheat Wings in the Air Fryer?

Yes, you can absolutely reheat wings in the air fryer.

In fact, the air fryer is one of the best ways to reheat wings, since they come out still juicy inside and crispy on the outside.

You’ll get a better result texture wise than the microwave, and your wings are ready much faster than they would be in the oven, so the air fryer is truly a win-win!

Why You Should Reheat Wings in the Air Fryer

Crispy Texture

Reheating wings in an air fryer ensures they regain their crispy exterior, which is often lost when reheated using other methods like the microwave or oven.

The hot circulating air in the air fryer crisps up the skin, making the wings taste freshly cooked again. 

That said, if you reheat sauced wings, they will not get as crisp due to the sauce (but will get somewhat caramelized and still taste great)!

Even Heating

Air fryers provide even heating, ensuring that the wings are warmed thoroughly without cold spots.

This even distribution of heat helps maintain the wings’ original texture and flavor, preventing them from becoming soggy or unevenly reheated.

It also prevents overheating in certain spots, which helps to prevent the chicken from drying out.

Quick and Convenient

Reheating wings in an air fryer is quick and convenient, typically taking only a few minutes.

This is much faster than using a conventional oven, making it an ideal method for those who want a speedy meal without compromising on quality.

It’s also great in the summer, so you don’t need to heat up the whole house just to eat some leftovers!

Versatility

The air fryer is versatile and can handle reheating various types of wings, whether they are breaded, sauced, or plain. 

In fact, if you’re a boneless fan, you can heat up frozen chicken tenders in your air fryer too!

It also doesn’t matter if you made your own wings, or you have leftovers from takeout or a restaurant. You can reheat all sorts successfully!

In fact, I’m reheating wings with sauce in the air fryer here, since I have leftovers from making my Crown peach wings yesterday!

holding up a crispy chicken wing reheated in the air fryer

What You’ll Need to Reheat Wings

leftover air fryer chicken wings in a tupperware container
  • Leftover chicken wings (boneless, bone in, plain, breaded, or with sauce)
  • Extra sauce (optional)

Note: If you are reheating wings with sauce, I recommend some aluminum foil as well that you can put under the wings in the air fryer. This will help make for easier cleanup, as the sauce tends to get sticky!

I find that any sauce on the wings will also absorb in, so if you want a really saucy wing, I recommend grabbing some additional sauce to coat them in post-heating.

How to Reheat Wings in the Air Fryer

  1. Allow your wings to sit out on the counter for 10-15 minutes to take the chill off. If you don’t have time for this, you can add a couple extra minutes to cooking time
  2. Place the wings into your air fryer’s basket or rack in a single layer, allowing air space between each one for even cooking
place leftover chicken wings in air fryer basket
  1. Heat on the air fry setting at 350°F for 5 minutes, then flip and heat an additional 3-5 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 165°F. Times can vary between air fryers and based on the size of your specific wings. Add additional time in 1-2 minute increments as needed. Boneless wings typically need less time, usually 5-6 minutes total
  2. Toss with additional sauce if desired (optional) and enjoy hot!
overhead view of air fryer reheated leftover chicken wings on a plate

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Recipe FAQs

How Long to Reheat Wings in the Air Fryer?

Typically, reheating wings in the air fryer takes about 8-10 minutes at 350°F. Check for desired crispiness and an internal temperature of 165°F to ensure they are thoroughly reheated.

Times will vary between different air fryers, as well as based on the size of your specific wings, as they can vary greatly.

Do I Need to Preheat the Air Fryer to Reheat Wings?

You do not have to preheat the air fryer to reheat wings, so long as you flip the wings halfway through cooking to avoid cold spots.

If you do want to preheat for a few minutes, this generally cuts 1-2 minutes of the needed reheating time.

Should I Use Any Oil When Reheating Wings in the Air Fryer?

You can lightly spray the wings with a bit of oil to enhance crispiness, but it is usually not necessary since leftover wings will retain the oils from their original cooking.

If your wings are not crisping the way you want, give them a fine mist of olive oil, or another high smoke point oil, and cook for another few minutes. Do not over-oil them, as that can also create soggy wings.

Can I Reheat Sauced Wings in the Air Fryer?

Yes, you can reheat sauced wings in the air fryer. However, they will not get as crisp as non-sauced wings will.

It’s best to place a parchment paper or aluminum foil liner in the basket to prevent sticking and make cleanup easier. This will also cook the sauce into the wing, so you may want additional on hand to re-sauce before serving.

How Many Wings Can I Reheat at Once in the Air Fryer?

How many wings you can reheat at one in the air fryer depends on the size of both your air fryer and your wings. Avoid overcrowding the air fryer basket.

Reheat wings in a single layer with air space between them for best results. Typically, I can reheat 8 wings at a time in my 8-qt air fryer comfortably.

Can I Reheat Breaded Wings in the Air Fryer?

Yes, the air fryer is excellent for reheating breaded wings. It restores the crunchy coating while keeping the inside moist and tender.

Feel free to apply a mist of oil to the exterior to aid in crisping if your breading seems soggy.

How Can I Add Extra Flavor to Wings When Reheating?

You can brush the wings with additional sauce or seasonings before reheating.

Alternatively, toss the hot wings in additional sauce after reheating if you prefer a saucier wing overall.

What Are Some Common Mistakes to Avoid When Reheating Wings in the Air Fryer?

Avoid overcrowding the basket, reheating at too high a temperature, and make sure to either preheat your air fryer, or flip your wings over during the reheating process.

These mistakes can lead to uneven heating and less crispy wings.

Is It Safe To Reheat Wings?

It is generally considered safe to reheat wings, provided that you have stored them properly and reheat them to a minimum of 165°F internal temperature before consuming.

Make sure that they have been stored in your refrigerator prior to that.

Pro Tips For Reheating Wings in the Air Fryer

  • Typically, you do not need to add any oil when reheating wings, as they should have retained some from the initial cooking process. However, you can add a fine mist if you’re having trouble getting them to crisp
  • I do not preheat my air fryer when reheating wings, so the flipping of the wings is important to ensure an even heating. If you don’t want to flip them, preheat for 2-3 minutes to make sure you’re starting with a hot air fryer (and usually you can reduce the overall cooking time by 1-2 minutes as well)
  • My wings were reheated (verified by instant read thermometer) in a Ninja air fryer after 10 minutes total without preheating. They were what I consider fairly large wings, so I’m sure smaller wings would take less time overall
closeup view of air fryer chicken wings reheated in the air fryer and stacked up on a plate

How to Store Leftover Wings Before Reheating

  • Store leftover wings in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Proper storage helps maintain their quality and makes them easier to reheat to their original texture
  • Leftover wings are usually good for 3-4 days if stored properly
  • Do not eat wings that sat out for more than 2 hours after cooking before being refrigerated, as this can be enough time for bacteria to build up

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Final Thoughts

It doesn’t take long to reheat wings in the air fryer, and they come out just as moist, crispy, and delicious as they did the first time (though sauced wings are more caramelized than crisp).

This method works for all sorts of wings too – whether boneless, bone in, sauced, breaded, or anything else. Use your leftovers from the big game, or last night’s takeout – they’re all going to be great!

If you’re looking for more great ways to cook wings in your air fryer for the first time, make sure to check out the great BBQ chicken wings featured in my best Gourmia air fryer recipes or the buffalo wings in my best Nuwave air fryer recipes for tried-and-true hits!

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Reheat Wings in an Air Fryer

Reheat your leftover wings in the air fryer in 10 minutes or less. You can use breaded, plain, or sauced wings, whether homemade or from a restaurant.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 323 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • Leftover chicken wings (boneless, bone in, plain, breaded, or sauced)
  • Extra wing sauce (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Allow your wings to sit out on the counter for 10-15 minutes to take the chill off. If you don’t have time for this, you can skip and add a couple extra minutes to cooking time
    Leftover chicken wings
  • Place the wings into your air fryer’s basket or rack in a single layer, allowing air space between each one for even cooking
  • Heat on the air fry setting at 350°F for 5 minutes, then flip and heat an additional 3-5 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 165°F. Times can vary between air fryers and based on the size of your specific wings. Add additional time in 1-2 minute increments as needed. Boneless wings typically need less time, around 5-6 minutes total
  • Toss with additional sauce if desired (optional) and enjoy hot!
    Extra wing sauce

Notes

  • If you are reheating wings with sauce, I recommend some aluminum foil or parchment that you can put under the wings in the air fryer. This will help make for easier cleanup, as the sauce tends to get sticky!
  • Typically, you do not need to add any oil when reheating wings, as they should have retained some from the initial cooking process. However, you can add a fine mist if you’re having trouble getting them to crisp
  • I do not preheat my air fryer when reheating wings, so the flipping of the wings is important to ensure an even heating. If you don’t want to flip them, preheat for 2-3 minutes to make sure you’re starting with a hot air fryer (and usually you can reduce the overall cooking time by 1-2 minutes as well)
  • My wings were reheated (verified by instant read thermometer) in a Ninja air fryer after 10 minutes total without preheating. They were what I consider fairly large wings, so I’m sure smaller wings would take less time overall
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on brand and flavor of ingredients, any sauces or sides added, size of wings, and quantity consumed, so please consider this a guideline only
 

Nutrition

Serving: 153gCalories: 323kcalCarbohydrates: 5.3gProtein: 20gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 4.3gCholesterol: 125mgSodium: 752mgPotassium: 250mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 35IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 39mgIron: 0.8mg
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