Lemon Pepper Wings

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These lemon pepper wings are crispy and zesty with lots of fresh lemon flavor!

Take a detour from the usual with these bright wings that can be perfectly cooked in the air fryer or in the oven!

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Crispy Lemon Pepper Wings

We love this take on a popular snack staple. These are nice and tangy, lip-smacking good!

  • Cook these in the air fryer or in the oven if you need a bigger batch.
  • Lemon pepper and lemon zest add lots of great flavor to these.
  • They require very little prep and are easy to make.
  • Sprinkle on some parmesan cheese if desired.

ingredients to make Lemon Pepper Wings

What’s in Lemon Pepper Wings?

CHICKEN WINGS Purchasing split wings (into little drumsticks and the flat parts) saves you time from splitting them yourself. These can be made with fresh or frozen wings. Frozen wings will need more time to cook.

SEASONING  If using store-bought lemon pepper, taste it before adding. Some brands can be incredibly salty so you might need to reduce the amount you add.

process of adding ingredients to chicken and putting in air fryer

How to Make Lemon Pepper Wings

  1. Pat wings dry with a paper towel.
  2. Whisk melted butter and lemon juice and set aside.

Choose your cooking method below to make either oven baked wings or air fryer wings.

In the Air Fryer:

  1. Preheat air fryer according to the recipe below and place wings in a single layer.
  2. Cook until crisp.
  3. Remove the wings from the air fryer and toss them with lemon and butter. Generously season with fresh black pepper. Serve hot.

In the Oven:

  1. Toss with flour mixture & chill.
  2. Place a rack on a foil-lined baking sheet and add wings.
  3. Bake according to recipe instructions below.
  4. Remove the wings from the oven and toss them with lemon and butter. Generously season with fresh black pepper. Serve hot.

cooked Lemon Pepper Wings in the air fryer

For Perfect Wings…

  • Preheat the air fryer (or the oven) so the wings crisp well.
  • Regardless of cooking method, flip about half way through cooking so both sides crisp nicely.
  • Freshly cracked pepper is best in this recipe.

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Review Recipe

Lemon Pepper Wings

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Chill Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Holly Nilsson
Lemon Pepper Wings are crispy, juicy, and perfectly seasoned!

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds chicken wings
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon pepper *see note
  • 1 ½ teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • fresh black pepper and kosher salt
  • fresh thyme and parsley for garnish optional
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
For Oven Method Only
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon flour

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Instructions

  • Pat chicken wings dry with paper towels.
Oven Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Toss wings with flour and baking powder. Refrigerate at least 15 minutes.
  • Toss wings with olive oil, lemon pepper, lemon zest, and garlic.
  • Line a pan with foil and top with a baking rack. Spray the rack with cooking spray.
  • Bake wings 20 minutes, flip and bake an additional 15 minutes or until crisp. Broil 1 minute each side if desired.
  • Combine butter and lemon juice and toss with wings. Generously season with extra pepper, salt to taste, and fresh thyme if desired. Serve immediately.
Air Fryer Instructions
  • Preheat air fryer to 400°F.
  • Toss wings with olive oil, lemon pepper, lemon zest, and garlic.
  • Place wings in a single layer in the air fryer basket and cook 10 minutes.
  • Flip wings and cook an additional 10 minutes or until crispy.
  • Combine butter and lemon juice and toss with wings. Generously season with extra pepper, salt to taste, and fresh thyme if desired. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

*Some brands of lemon pepper can be excessively salty. Taste your lemon pepper before seasoning the chicken and if it's very salty, reduce the amount.
Flour and baking powder are not required when cooking in an air fryer. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 322, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 17g, Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 93mg, Sodium: 143mg, Potassium: 266mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 403IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 63mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword Best Lemon Pepper Wings recipe, how to make Lemon Pepper Wings, Lemon Pepper Wings, Lemon Pepper Wings recipe
Course Air Fryer, Appetizer, Chicken, Party Food
Cuisine American
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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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