The day before, they were perfect: crispy, tasty, juicy. But the next, when we decide to reheat the chicken wings to finish the leftovers from lunch or dinner, we usually find that they have run dry and have completely lost their grace.
The key is not to use the microwave, that great ally that serves everything tends to destroy them. Therefore, we propose a fairly simple trick for which you will only need an oven and aluminum foil. Of course, also a little more time than you are used to investing, although the result is worth it.
The definitive trick to reheat chicken wings
- Let the chicken wings stand at room temperature for 30 minutes and, meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200ºC. Thus the pieces will reach the same internal temperature when removed from the fridge, which will facilitate the process.
- Cover the cookie sheet with a sheet of aluminum foil and arrange the chicken on it.
- Place another sheet of aluminum foil on top of the wings and leave to bake for 20 minutes.
- Once this is done, let the chicken rest for 5 minutes and check if it is crispy. If the crust is not as desired, put the wings back in the oven for another 5 minutes.
“You will only need an oven and aluminum foil.”
Reheat chicken so it doesn’t get dry or hard
The reheated ones are part of our Mexican gastronomic culture since it is a second opportunity to meet with our loved ones. Many times, some dishes are said to taste better when reheated, such as turkey and tamales the next day after the candlelight.
However, one of the most difficult dishes to reheat is those with chicken. It does not matter if it is crumbled, whole or sliced, we always run the risk that when it is reheated, it will be dry.
To avoid that unpleasant sensation of eating a dry chicken, we leave you the following tips to enjoy your favorite dish with chicken.
Be sure to keep the chicken covered in the sauce it goes with. In this way, it is moisturized while stored in the refrigerator.
Reheat food briefly on stove, oven, or microwave; remember that you just want to heat it, not cook it again.
Avoid keeping chicken cut into slices. It is easier for it to dry if you keep it cut instead of whole.
Cover the plate, refractory or pot where you are reheating the chicken. In this way, the steam stays inside the pot and this humidity helps it not to drain.
Do not leave the chicken rest for a long time after reheating it, as this can dry out and harden it.
With these easy tips, you can savor your favorite dish more than once and with the certainty that it will be smooth and juicy.
Reheat chicken wings in microwave oven
The microwave oven is our great ally in the kitchen. We already know that. It is very practical and always gets us out of trouble. Therefore, we must learn all the tricks to get the most out of it.
When you go to heat chicken wings in the microwave, keep these recommendations in mind:
1. Look at the power
The first thing you have to keep in mind is that not all microwaves are the same. Its power varies according to the make and model of the device. In other words, the microwave in your house will not heat the same as in your office. So the best thing you can do is that every time you go to use a microwave that you do not know, you are groping. Don’t put 2 minutes on it. Put 45 seconds first, then see if it has already warmed up and if it lacks a little more because you give it a little more time.
This is especially important when we are going to heat chicken wings because if we miscalculate the time, we can dry it and ruin our plate.
2. Use a suitable container
Place the chicken wings on a microwave-safe plate. At the bottom of the dishes, it is usually indicated if they are safe to use in microwave ovens. Those that are not can melt. And with this, you will not only ruin your food, but you can spoil the dish and even the microwave.
3. Hydrate the chicken wings
If you are going to heat a complete piece of chicken wings, it is recommended that, before putting it in the microwave, add some broth or sauce that you have previously heated. If you don’t have them, you can add water. Thus, the chicken wings will absorb the liquid as it begins to heat up in the microwave and will not be dry.
If it is a stew or dish in which the chicken wings are cut into small pieces, heating it is easier because the temperature they will obtain will be uniform.
4. The chicken wings, outwards
If you are going to heat a plate that, in addition to chicken wings, has other foods such as vegetable stews, vegetables, rice or pasta, always place the chicken wings on the outside of the plate. This will ensure a more even heating since the food on the outside of the plate tends to heat up faster.
5. Cover the taper
Glass microwave tapers come with a plastic lid. This helps create more moisture inside the container and thus prevents food from drying out.
6. Regulate the microwave
The time depends on the amount of food to be heated. A single hamburger or chicken breast can take a minute, while a whole roast can take four minutes or more. On average, individual servings of beef, chicken, and fish require 45 seconds to two minutes.Tags: reheat chicken wings