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Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings

These Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings are quick and easy to make. These wings are drizzled in melted butter, garlic, and fresh lemon juice. This is the perfect weeknight meal!

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lemon pepper wings on a white plate with fresh lemon

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lemon pepper wings on a white plate with fresh lemon

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 temperature. Feel free to use whole chicken wings if you like.

raw chicken wings in a glass bowl

How to Get Lemon Flavor

You will need to use a quality lemon pepper seasoning to actually add flavor to the meat.

You will bread the chicken with lemon pepper seasoning, smoked paprika, salt, and all-purpose flour. From there you will bake or air fry to get them crisp.

Then combine lemon juice, lemon zest, butter, and garlic powder in a saucepan until melted. Drizzle the mixture over the chicken and bake or air fry again.

fresh lemon, butter, and seasoning in separate bowls

How to Make Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings

Exact measurements and full detailed instructions can be found in the recipe card below.

  1. Season the chicken with flour, lemon pepper seasoning, smoked paprika, and salt to the chicken.
  2. Bake or air fry.
  3. Heat a saucepan on medium-high heat. Add butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, and garlic powder.
  4. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the mixture is incorporated.
  5. Remove the chicken from the oven and drizzle the wings in the lemon butter sauce.
  6. Bake or air fry.
raw seasoned wings in a glass bowl
raw breaded chicken wings in a glass bowl
raw breaded chicken wings on a sheet pan
raw breaded chicken wings in a basket

How to Substitute Flour

You can use 1-2 tablespoons of baking powder (enough to fully coat the chicken). You can also omit flour completely and make naked chicken wings.

lemon pepper wings in a basket

How to Reheat

I reheated these chicken wings over the next couple of days in the air fryer for 4 minutes on 400 degrees. Test to see that the chicken is warm in order to determine the optimal time that will work for you.

You can reheat them in the oven on 350 degrees until warm.

lemon pepper wings in a glass bowl

Freezer Tips

You can freeze leftover chicken tightly sealed for a few months. Defrost overnight or reheat the chicken frozen.

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lemon pepper chicken wings on a white plate with fresh lemons
lemon pepper wings on a white plate with fresh lemon

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lemon pepper chicken wings on a white plate with fresh lemons
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Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings

These Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings are quick and easy to make. These wings are drizzled in melted butter, garlic, and fresh lemon juice. This is the perfect weeknight meal!
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword lemon pepper chicken wings, lemon pepper wings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 441kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds chicken wings I use drummettes.
  • 2 teaspoons lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • cooking oil spray I use olive oil.

Lemon Pepper Glaze

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

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 flour, lemon pepper seasoning, smoked paprika, and salt to the chicken. Ensure the chicken is fully coated.
  • Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and add the wings. Spritz the chicken wings with cooking oil.
  • Bake the wings for 20 minutes and then open and flip the wings. Spritz with cooking oil. Bake for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Heat a saucepan on medium-high heat. Add the butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, and garlic powder.
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes until the mixture is incorporated.
  • Remove the chicken from the oven and drizzle the wings in the lemon butter sauce. Ensure all of the chicken is coated, if not, each wing won't have the lemon pepper. Add additional lemon juice if necessary to fully coat.
  • Return the chicken to the oven. Bake for an additional 10-15 minutes.

Air Fryer Instructions

  • Pat the chicken dry and place it on a large bowl or plastic bag.
  • Add the flour, lemon pepper seasoning, and salt to the chicken. Ensure the chicken is fully coated.
  • Place the chicken in the air fryer basket. Spritz the chicken with cooking oil.
  • Air fry for 15 minutes on 400 degrees.
  • Open the air fryer and flip the chicken. Spritz the chicken with cooking oil. Cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Heat a saucepan on medium-high heat. Add the butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, and garlic powder.
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes until the mixture is incorporated.
  • Remove the chicken from the air fryer and drizzle it with the lemon butter sauce. Ensure all of the chicken is coated, if not, each wing won't have the lemon pepper. Add additional lemon juice if necessary to fully coat.
  • Return the chicken to the air fryer. Air fry for an additional 3-4 minutes on 400 degrees.

Notes

  •  I like to put the wings back into the oven or the air fryer after drizzling the lemon butter sauce so that it soaks into the skin of the chicken. You can wait to do this step immediately upon serving the wings if you wish. This also helps if you’re finding some wings do not have lemon flavor (because they weren’t properly drizzled), you can drizzle them with juice once fully cooked.
  • If you are having trouble spraying the wings with oil because of the flour, you can allow them to cook for about 5 minutes and then spritz the oil. The will prevent the breading from coming off.
  • To make this recipe low carb you can swap the all-purpose flour for baking powder. I usually only use a tablespoon of baking powder.
  • You can use actual wings (instead of drums and flats) if you wish, you may need to adjust the amount of ingredients needed to fully coat your wings.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 441kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 26g
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Recipe Rating




Shunta

Saturday 1st of May 2021

These were AMAZING! I split the wings so they could all cook at the same time so some in air fryer and some in oven. Definitely love the texture/crisp of the air fryer more but both were so good!

staysnatched

Sunday 9th of May 2021

I'm glad you enjoyed them!

Andrea G

Monday 26th of April 2021

My family LOVED the lemon pepper wings that I made using the #StaySnatched recipe. The wings were perfectly seasoned,crispy and the sauce was amazing! This was so easy to prep so I'll definitely add this to my list of go to meals.

Thank you! #StaySnatched

staysnatched

Tuesday 27th of April 2021

You're welcome! I'm so glad you enjoyed them!

Eunice

Friday 23rd of April 2021

Another great recipe! I had to hurry and put some of these wings away before I ate them all.

staysnatched

Tuesday 27th of April 2021

haha! Love to hear it!

Ramya

Monday 19th of April 2021

will be making this soon can i use mushrooms vegan butter as am a vegan perfect for my office snacks will dm you if i make this and let you know how it goes Thanks Ramya

staysnatched

Monday 19th of April 2021

Have you used it before? I have not, so I can’t say.