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Lemon Pepper Wings

These Lemon Pepper Wings are incredibly crispy (thanks to one special cooking technique) and bursting with pops of fresh citrus and black pepper. It’s an easy, baked chicken wing recipe perfect as a game day appetizer or any day in between!

baked chicken wings with lemon wedges and parsley

Why you’ll love these lemon peppered chicken wings

Takes use of store-bought seasoning! I know we all have a bottle of lemon pepper seasoning tucked inside our pantries (I’m looking at you, Mrs. Dash), which makes this recipe all the more approachable. You can, of course, make your own lemon pepper seasoning, but I find it so much easier to use store-bought. Plus, the pre-made seasonings are packed with lemon, pepper and loads of spicy and savory herbs to really amp up these wings.

Crispy and golden! One small cooking technique provides the crisp crust and juicy center for restaurant-quality wings at home. I know it may sound weird, but coating the wings in baking powder also promotes that crisp, crunchy outer coating.

Less fuss, less mess! Unlike fried chicken wings, there is no waiting for a hot pot of oil to come up to temperature or wondering what to do with all the messy clean-up. All it takes is a hot oven and baking sheet to get these wings in the oven and baked to golden brown perfection.

crispy baked chicken wings with lemon wedges

Ingredients for lemon pepper baked chicken wings

  • Chicken wings
  • Baking powder
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon zest
  • Garlic cloves
  • Lemon pepper seasoning
  • Kosher salt
olive oil, baking powder, chicken wings, lemon, garlic, lemon pepper seasoning mix

How to make lemon pepper wings

  1. Prepare baking sheet: Preheat the oven to 400 F. Line a large baking sheet with foil and place an oven-safe cooling rack on top. Cooking the chicken on top of a cooling rack will help the wings ventilate and crisp up without frying, so don’t skip this step!
  2. Prepare chicken wings: Pat the wings dry with paper towels and place them in a large bowl. Sprinkle evenly with baking powder and toss to coat. 
  3. Add seasoning: Season wings evenly with olive oil, lemon zest, garlic, and lemon pepper seasoning.
  4. Bake: Transfer wings to rack on prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle evenly with kosher salt. Bake for 45-50 minutes, flipping the chicken wings halfway through cooking time. Let wings rest for 5 minutes before serving.
four step grid preparing lemon pepper wings

Chicken wing calories

The complete nutrition info is provided in the recipe card below, but one serving is 335 calories. It’s a great wing recipe when you want something that’s lighter in calories and not super saucy. Although, if you’re into sauce, you should definitely check out peach BBQ chipotle chicken wings.

raw chicken wings on wire rack over baking sheet

Tips for making the best lemon pepper wings ever:

  • Use a baking rack inside a baking sheet. Baking the chicken wings on top of the baking sheet will allow air to flow and help the wings ventilate. This makes for an extra crispy exterior.
  • Coat the wings in baking powder. The cornstarch in baking powder helps dry out the chicken skin. Dry chicken skin and a hot oven mean to-die-for oven baked chicken wings.
  • Don’t use too much oil. Use just enough oil to lightly coat the wings. Also remember there is fat in the chicken skin to ensure they crisp up to golden-tender.
  • Up the lemon flavor! If you’re really into lemon, finish the wings with a squeeze of lemon juice just before serving.
hand holding bitten chicken wing over platter of chicken wings

Chicken wing FAQ

What are the best chicken wings to buy?

I used party-style wings, or chicken wings that have been cut into two pieces. I find these cook much more evenly and are certainly much more enjoyable to eat. Plus, it gives your friends the option to choose between drumettes and flats (aka winglets or wingettes). Look for them in the poultry section of most major supermarkets.

Are lemon pepper wings wet or dry?

These are dry wings, or chicken wings baked with a dry-rub-type seasoning. I have read a number of recipes that finish the wings “wet” with a lemon pepper sauce – a few dabs of butter melted with a tablespoon or two of lemon pepper seasoning then brushed on the wings after cooking. But I find the lemon pepper seasoning to be much more pronounced when coated and baked with the wings.

How long to bake chicken wings at 400?

My wings were ready after 45 minutes in the oven, but they can take a few minutes longer depending on size. As soon as the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F, they’re ready!

What city is known for lemon pepper wings?

Answer – Atlanta! A fun trivia question you can share with your friends when enjoying these little guys on game day.

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baked chicken wings with lemon wedges and parsley

Lemon Pepper Wings

  • Author: Elizabeth Van Lierde
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

These Lemon Pepper Wings are incredibly crispy (thanks to one special cooking technique) and bursting with pops of fresh citrus and black pepper. It’s an easy, baked chicken wing recipe perfect as a game day appetizer or any day in between!


Ingredients

Scale

2 lbs chicken wings

1 tbsp baking powder

2 tbsp olive oil

1 lemon, zested

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 tbsp lemon pepper seasoning

kosher salt


Instructions

  1. Prepare baking sheet. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Line a large baking sheet with foil and place an oven-safe cooling rack on top. Cooking the chicken on top of a cooling rack will help the wings ventilate and crisp up without frying, so don’t skip this step!
  2. Prepare chicken wings. Pat the wings dry with paper towels and place them in a large bowl. Sprinkle evenly with baking powder and toss to coat. 
  3. Add seasoning. Season wings evenly with olive oil, lemon zest, garlic, and lemon pepper seasoning.
  4. Bake! Transfer wings to rack on prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle evenly with kosher salt. Bake for 45-50 minutes, flipping the chicken wings halfway through cooking time. Let wings rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

Make sure to use a rimmed baking sheet. If you use a flat pan that has no ridges, the grease will fall into the bottom of the oven and cause it to smoke. Line the baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean-up.

Keywords: game day, crispy, easy

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