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Hot Lemon Pepper Wings

These Hot Lemon Pepper Wings are spicy and made with a homemade sauce, fresh lemon juice and zest, and butter. If you love the Wingstop wings, you will love this recipe. Theirs don’t compare.

hot lemon pepper chicken wings in a black bowl with fresh lemon and hot sauce

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What Type of Wings to Use

I love to use party wings that are already split as opposed to whole chicken wings. Party wings will cook at a more even and consistent temperature. Feel free to use whole chicken wings if you like.

raw split chicken wings in a glass bowl

What Type of Hot Sauce to Use

Always use your favorite sauce. The hot sauce is one of the star ingredients so be sure to use something you actually like. I prefer Louisiana Hot Sauce.

lemon zest, lemon juice, butter, and hot sauce in separate white bowls

How to Get Lemon Flavor

You will need to use a quality lemon pepper seasoning to actually add flavor to the meat. I also love the Lemon Garlic Seasoning from Trader Joe’s.

You will first bake or air fry the wings to get them crisp. From there you will drizzle them in a hot lemon pepper sauce made with fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, hot sauce, and butter.

How to Zest a Lemon

I use this lemon zester from Amazon. You can also use a box/cheese grater. If using the zester hold it one hand and the lemon in the other. Graze the lemon over it, away from you and back and forth. You can read more about How to Zest a Lemon here.

hot lemon pepper spices in a white bowl

How to Make Hot Lemon Pepper Wings

Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Pat the chicken dry.
  2. Add lemon pepper seasoning, smoked paprika, cayenne, and salt to the chicken. Ensure the chicken is fully coated.
  3. Bake or air fry.
  4. Heat a saucepan on medium-high heat. Add butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, and hot sauce.
  5. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the mixture is incorporated.
  6. Drizzle the chicken in the sauce.
raw hot lemon pepper chicken wings seasoned in a glass bowl

Bake or Air Fry the Wings

The instructions below in the recipe card include full details for both cooking methods.

raw hot lemon pepper chicken wings on a sheet pan with parchment paper
raw hot lemon pepper wings in an air fryer

How to Make Breaded Wings

You can use 1-2 tablespoons of baking powder or 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour (enough to fully coat the chicken).

How to Reheat the Wings

The best way to reheat wings is on the grill or in the air fryer or oven. I wouldn’t microwave them. You can use the same cook temperature and reheat the wings until warm.

hot lemon pepper chicken wings in a black bowl with fresh lemon and hot sauce

Freezer Tips

Leftover wings can be frozen for up to 3 months. Defrost in the fridge overnight and follow the instructions above to reheat.

Can You Use Other Types of Chicken?

Absolutely! Chicken tenderschicken breasts, or chicken thighs will work. Click the links to check out my other recipes for cook time.

hot lemon pepper chicken wings in a black bowl with fresh lemon and hot sauce

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hot lemon pepper chicken wings in a black bowl with fresh lemon and hot sauce
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Hot Lemon Pepper Wings

These Hot Lemon Pepper Wings are spicy and made with a homemade sauce, fresh lemon juice and zest, and butter. If you love the Wingstop wings, you will love this recipe. Theirs don't compare.
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword hot lemon pepper chicken wings, hot lemon pepper wings, Wingstop hot lemon pepper wings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 473kcal

Ingredients

Hot Lemon Pepper Glaze

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 – 2 teaspoons lemon zest Use 2 teaspoons for bold lemon flavor.
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Instructions

Oven and Baking Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Pat the chicken dry and place it on a large bowl or plastic bag.
  • Add the lemon pepper seasoning, smoked paprika, cayenne, and salt to the chicken. Ensure the chicken is fully coated.
  • Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and add the wings.
  • Bake the wings for 20 minutes and then open and flip the wings.
  • Bake for an additional 15-25 minutes. Ensure the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Use a meat thermometer.
  • Heat a saucepan on medium-high heat. Add the butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, and hot sauce.
  • Cook for 3-4 minutes or until the mixture is incorporated.
  • Remove the chicken from the oven and drizzle the wings in the hot lemon butter sauce. Ensure all of the chicken is coated.
  • Optional (If you like the wings to soak in the sauce): Place the sauced chicken wings back onto the sheet pan and bake for an additional 5 minutes (same temperature).

Air Fryer Instructions

  • Pat the chicken dry and place it on a large bowl or plastic bag.
  • Add the lemon pepper seasoning, smoked paprika, cayenne, and salt to the chicken. Ensure the chicken is fully coated.
  • Place the chicken in the air fryer basket.
  • Air fry for 15 minutes on 400 degrees.
  • Open the air fryer and flip the chicken. Cook for an additional 5-10 minutes. Ensure the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Use a meat thermometer.
  • Heat a saucepan on medium-high heat. Add the butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, and hot sauce.
  • Cook for 3-4 minutes or until the mixture is incorporated.
  • Remove the chicken from the air fryer and drizzle it with the hot lemon butter sauce. Ensure all of the chicken is coated.
  • Optional (If you like the wings to soak in the sauce): Place the sauced chicken wings back in the air fryer and air fry for an additional 3-4 minutes at 350 degrees.

Notes

  • As a rule of thumb, when applying spices to wings. you should apply enough to fully coat the chicken or meat. You don’t want to see any empty spots. Add more spices if necessary.
  • You can substitute regular paprika if you wish, but the smoked paprika definitely takes these to the next level.
  • You can use actual wings (instead of drums and flats) if you wish, you may need to adjust the number of ingredients needed to fully coat your wings.
  • Any oil can be substituted for butter, or you can omit oil if you wish. Butter adds additional flavor and makes the sauce silky smooth. Without butter or oil you may struggle to smooth out the sauce with the lemon zest.
  • You can make breaded wings using 1-2 tablespoons of baking powder or 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour (enough to fully coat the chicken).
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 8oz | Calories: 473kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 34g
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Recipe Rating




Cassandra P

Monday 11th of July 2022

My favorite wings are Cowboys Hot which is basically Buffalo hot with lemon pepper seasonings. After tasting this recipe, I decided why do I need to spend the money there when I can make this awesome recipe at home! These are some of the best wings I have made and it does not disappoint. They had a nice kick to them and I can’t stop raving about these!

staysnatched

Monday 11th of July 2022

I'm so glad to hear that!

Felicia

Sunday 10th of July 2022

These looked so good I had to try them. To be fair I’ve never had hot lemon pepper wings from Wing Stop, but I doubt they’d taste this good! These wings are hot!! I adjusted the cayenne to have a little less heat, and I adjusted the lemon pepper seasoning as well because I knew how potent my lemon pepper seasoning from The Spice Suite was. The recipe was easy to follow, and I put the wings back in the air fryer after saucing them to give them that extra kick. I would’ve posted a picture but they were all gone before I had the chance. The layering of flavors was everything! The lemon juice and zest really gave these that lemony flavor, I like a bold amount of lemon flavor so I used the full amount of zest. Make these wings, you won’t regret it!

staysnatched

Sunday 10th of July 2022

Thanks for sharing all of this!

shauna

Saturday 9th of July 2022

Saw these posted and went right to make them for lunch lol. Hot honey and lemon pepper are my two fav wing flavors so this one is the best of both IMO. I put them back in after coating, don’t skip it

staysnatched

Saturday 9th of July 2022

Adding honey sounds bomb!