The Ultimate Guide to Chicken Wing Leftovers: How to Properly Reheat Your Leftover Atomic Wings

July 3, 2024

Listen up, Atomic Fam. We’ve all been there. You ordered a nuclear reactor’s worth of Atomic Wings, because you and the homies were #feelinit. Then all of the sudden y’all hit leftover city. Don’t trip though, Atomic Wings leftovers can be FIRE, literally, if you know what you’re doing. Here’s a guide on how to turn those Atomic leftovers into another crispy grub sesh. 

First Things First: Safe Food Storage 

Proper storage of your Atomic Wings leftovers is key to keeping your chicken wings safe and delicious. Here are some essential tips:

  • Airtight Containers = Bestie: Don’t leave your Atomic Wings leftovers exposed in the fridge. Transfer them into an airtight container or wrap them tightly in plastic wrap. This will prevent the wings from drying out and absorbing unwanted odors. 
  • Temperature Is King: Make sure your fridge temperature is below 40℉ (4℃). If your fridge temperature rises above 40℉, you are crossing into a danger zone for bacteria growth. So make sure your fridge is nice and cold. 

The Best Way to Reheat Your Wings

So now you have properly stored your Atomic Wings leftovers and you're ready to enjoy them. Let’s get those wings ready with these tips: 

  • Ditch the Microwave: Microwaving your Atomic Wing leftovers is a total betrayal. It may leave your wings soggy and sad. We recommend utilizing your oven or air fryer for the best reheat experience and taste. 
  • Oven Love: Crank your oven to 350℉ (IYKYK). Spread those leftover wings out on a baking sheet, like they’re sunbathing. Bake for 10-15 minutes—make sure to flip them halfway through, until they are giving ‘crispy AF’. 
  • Air Fryer MVP: Got an air fryer? You lucky chick! Set that bad boy to 375℉ - 400℉ and air fry those wings for 5-7 minutes per each side (crispy perfection unlocked). 
  • Pre-sauced vs. Sauce on the side: Note that if your wings were pre-sauced the sauce will bake into the wings during the reheating and may not be as wet as desired. If so, you can add more sauce after the reheating process by placing the wings and additional sauce into a bowl and tossing them to ensure they are well coated. 

Don’t Forget The Sides

No leftover wing sesh is complete without the essentials—the sides. Here are some tips for ensuring those sides don’t go to waste:

  • Potatoes Forever: Everyone knows our waffle fries and tots are our wings best friends, so let’s not leave them lonely. Preheat your oven to 350℉ ( 325℉- 350℉ for an air fryer). Then spray or lightly coat a separate banking sheet with olive oil and evenly spread out your fries/tots across the sheet. Bake for 7 minutes and remove (2-5 minutes for an air fryer). 
  • Baby got Mac: For our mac and cheese lovers, go ahead and add one tablespoon of milk to your mac leftovers. Then place in the microwave on medium power for one minute, once done you can enjoy! 

There you have it wing fam, with these tips and tricks you can turn your one meal indulgence into a two mealer! So go forth and order your favorites now, and save yourself a lil’ something for next time.