Hooters is a restaurant offering classic American fare and is famous for, among other things, their chicken wings. These wings are breaded, bone-in wings tossed in one of their many delicious sauces and served with blue cheese dipping sauce. These wings make tasty leftovers when eaten cold, but it is possible to reheat them as well.
Hooters wings can be reheated in the microwave, in the oven, in the broiler, on the stovetop, in the air fryer, or on the grill.
Reheating Hooters Wings in the Microwave
Hooters breads their chicken wings, which poses somewhat of a problem when microwaving as the breading tends to get soggy. Still, it is possible to reheat hooters wings in the microwave regardless.
How to Reheat Hooters Wings in the Microwave
- Arrange Hooters wings on a microwave-safe dish, making sure they are not too crowded.
- Place a damp paper towel over the top of the wings; wring the paper towel out to make sure it is not dripping wet.
- Place wings in the microwave and heat for one minute and check the temperature. Continue cooking in 30 second increments as necessary to reach your desired temperature.
- Carefully remove wings from the microwave and enjoy!
This method of heating the wings will bring them up to a safe temperature, though you will be sacrificing texture as reheating wings in the microwave will render the breading slightly soggy. However, if this is not an issue, then the microwave is the fastest way to reheat hooters wings.
Reheating Hooters Wings in the Oven
Reheating Hooters wings in the oven is a process that requires a longer time commitment than popping them in the oven, but it does produce better results. Heating the wings through in the oven gives the breading a better chance at avoiding sogginess.
How to Reheat Hooters Wings in the Oven
- Preheat conventional oven to 350F.
- Arrange Hooters wings on a baking sheet or other oven-safe dish lined with foil.
- Once preheated, bake hooters wings for 15 minutes or until they reach your desired warmth.
- Carefully remove wings from the oven and enjoy!
This method of reheating hooters wings takes a little over 20 minutes from start to finish, but if you have the means and the patience, it will yield much better results than if you microwave your wings.
Reheating Hooters Wings in the Broiler
Conventional and toaster oven broilers can be tricky as they heat food very quickly and have the potential to burn anything left under the heating element for too long. Still, if you would like to impart some crunch back into your wings, this is a great option for doing so.
How to Reheat Hooters Wings in the Broiler
- Remove Hooter’s wings from the refrigerator, allowing them about 15 minutes to reach room temperature.
- Set oven or toaster oven to high and allow it a few minutes to heat.
- Arrange wings on a baking sheet, toaster oven tray, or other oven-safe dish lined with foil.
- Cook wings under the broiler for 3 minutes, flip with tongs, then cook for an additional 3 minutes.
- Carefully remove wings from broiler and enjoy.
When reheating Hooter’s wings under the broil, keep a close eye on the skin of the wings to make sure they are not burning. Broilers reach very high temperatures, and any food being cooked with the broiler requires constant attention.
Reheating Hooter’s Wings on the Stove Top
Reheating food on the stovetop can feel labor-intensive, but it’s worth it when it comes to maintaining quality. Pan-frying your wings on the stove is another great way to preserve the crispiness of the breading on Hooter’s wings.
How to Reheat Hooters Wings on the Stovetop
- Remove Hooters wings from the fridge and allow them a few minutes to reach room temperature.
- Heat a pan or skillet over medium-high heat.
- Once the pan is hot, add just enough cooking oil to coat the bottom of the pan or skillet completely.
- Add wings to the hot oil and fry each side for up to 5 minutes, depending on how crispy you prefer them.
- Carefully remove wings from pan and enjoy!
The key to reheating Hooter’s wings on the stovetop is making sure you have a pan that is big enough to accommodate the number of wings you are reheating. If the wings are too crowded, they wont heat evenly and run the risk of ending up soggy.
Reheating Hooter’s Wings in the Air Fryer
Reheating Hooter’s wings in the air fryer is your best bet at returning leftover wings to their former crispy glory. Not only does reheating wings in the air fryer breathe life back into otherwise placid wings, but it also does so quite quickly.
How to Reheat Hooters Wings in the Air Fryer
- Remove Hooter’s wings from the refrigerator and allow them a few minutes to reach room temperature.
- Preheat Air fryer to 350F.
- Place wings in air fryer basket, making sure they are not touching or crowded.
- Cook wings in air fryer for 2-3 minutes.
- Carefully remove wings from air fryer basket and enjoy!
If you like your wings crispy and want them cooked quickly, reheating them in the air fryer is the way to go!
Reheating Hooters Wings on the Grill
Reheating Hooters wings on the grill works well as you’re effectively re-cooking the wings. You may feel that it’s overkill to fire up the grill just to reheat some wings, but if you already have the grill going or just feel like spending some time on your patio, it’s worth it.
How to Reheat Hooters Wings on the Grill
- Heat grill’s flame or burner to 350F.
- Place Hooter’s wings on the grill rack directly over the flame.
- Shut the grill lid, allowing the wings to cook for about 8 minutes.
- Carefully open grill lid and insert a probe thermometer to ensure the wings have reached an internal temperature of 165F.
- If the wings are the proper temperature, remove them from the grill and enjoy.
A plus side of reheating hooters wings on the grill is the opportunity to cook side dishes at the same time– grilled vegetables, for example.
How Long are Hooters Wings Good For?
If you have some leftover hooter’s wings are wondering if it’s a good idea to use any of the above methods to reheat them, that depends on how long ago they were cooked. Cooked chicken wings can be safely eaten within three to four days of being placed in the refrigerator so long as they weren’t left at room temperature for more than two hours. If your leftover wings have been frozen, they are best eaten within six months of freezing for optimal taste and texture.
Hooters serves delicious breaded wings at their restaurant that make wonderful leftovers. To get the most out of your leftovers, you can reheat Hooters wings in the microwave, the oven, the broiler, on the stovetop, in the air fryer, or on the grill. The method that you choose to reheat Hooters wings will be determined by how crispy you prefer your wings.