Lemon Pepper Wings

Lemon pepper wings are a zesty, flavorful dish that’s perfect for game day, a casual gathering, or even as a fun dinner option. The combination of tangy lemon zest and the sharp bite of cracked black pepper makes these wings irresistible. Here’s a recipe for oven-baked lemon pepper wings, which can easily be adapted for frying or air frying.


For the Wings:

  • 2 lbs chicken wings, tips removed and split at the joint
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt, to taste

For the Lemon Pepper Seasoning:

  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest (from about 2 lemons)
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Optional: 1 clove garlic, minced, added to the melted butter for extra flavor

For Serving:

  • Lemon wedges
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)


  1. Preheat Oven and Prep Wings:
    • Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire rack on top. Spray the rack with non-stick cooking spray.
    • Pat the chicken wings dry with paper towels. This helps to ensure they’ll be crispy. Toss the wings with olive oil and a pinch of salt.
  2. Bake the Wings:
    • Arrange the wings in a single layer on the prepared wire rack. Bake in the preheated oven for about 40-45 minutes, or until the wings are golden brown and crispy. Flip the wings halfway through cooking.
  3. Prepare Lemon Pepper Seasoning:
    • While the wings are baking, mix together the lemon zest, ground black pepper, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
    • Melt the butter in a small pan over low heat. If using, add the minced garlic to the butter and cook gently for 1-2 minutes, being careful not to let it brown.
  4. Toss Wings in Seasoning:
    • In a large bowl, combine the baked wings and melted butter (with garlic, if using). Toss until the wings are well-coated.
    • Sprinkle the lemon pepper seasoning over the wings, tossing again to ensure an even coating.
  5. Serve:
    • Arrange the lemon pepper wings on a serving platter. Garnish with lemon wedges and chopped parsley. Serve immediately.


  • Crispier Wings: For even crispier wings, you can place them back in the oven for 5-10 minutes after tossing them with the lemon pepper seasoning and butter.
  • Air Fryer Option: To make these wings in an air fryer, cook them at 400°F (200°C) for about 20-25 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through the cooking time. Then toss with the seasoning as directed.
  • Adjust Seasoning: Feel free to adjust the amount of lemon zest and black pepper based on your taste preferences. More zest will give a stronger lemon flavor, while more pepper will add heat.

Enjoy your homemade lemon pepper wings, a tangy and peppery delight that’s sure to be a hit with everyone!

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