Baked Lemon Pepper Wings
This baked Lemon Pepper Wings recipe will have everyone swooning and is SO easy to make with a prep time of less than 15 minutes! These wings are also prep ahead friendly making them a favorite for game day, parties and snacks OR serve them with mashed potatoes and asparagus for a tasty dinner option. The Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings get enveloped in zesty lemon pepper seasoning with kicks of garlic, onion powder, salt and paprika then are baked (or air fried) for a healthier alternative to fried but still boast that coveted crunchy exterior. The Lemon Pepper Wings are delicious straight out of the oven but become increasingly tantalizing as they are drenched in a bright, refreshing, kickin’ lemon pepper butter sauce.
Servings Prep Time
24wings 15minutes
Cook Time
45minutes
Servings Prep Time
24wings 15minutes
Cook Time
45minutes
Lemon Pepper Wings
Ingredients
Chicken
  • 24 chicken wings (1st & 2nd segments)approx. 3 pounds
Rub
  • 2tablespoons baking powder
  • 2tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2tablespoons lemon pepper seasoning
  • 2tsp EACH garlic powder, onion powder, salt
  • 1teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4-1/2teaspoon cayenne pepperoptional for spicy wings
Lemon Pepper sauce
  • 3tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2tablespoon lemon pepper seasoningor more to taste
  • 1tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1teaspoon honey
Instructions
  1. Squeeze chicken very dry with paper towels; set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil (for easy cleanup) and top with a baking rack. Lightly spray rack with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Mix Rub Ingredients together in a medium bowl. Add half of the Rub to a large freezer bag. Add half of the wings and shake until coated evenly. Line wings on prepared baking rack so they are not touching. Add remaining Rub and wings to freezer bag and repeat.
  4. Bake wings on upper middle rack for 35-45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Move oven rack approximately 8″ from broiler and broil to desired crispiness, watching closely so they don’t burn. Flip chicken wings over and broil the other side until crispy.
  5. Whisk all the Lemon Pepper Sauce ingredients together in a small bowl. Brush desired amount over the chicken wings. Serve immediately with remaining lemon pepper sauce or dunk them in ranch, blue cheese or honey mustard sauce.
Recipe Notes

HOW TO AIR FRY 

The air fryer works great to create crispy wings, but the only down side is you can’t cook all of the Lemon Pepper Wings at once.  I usually reserve the air fryer for reheating the wings, but you are welcome to air fry them to cook as well. 

  1. Grease 2 racks for the air fryer oven.  If your air fryer only has a rack and a basket, grease the basket instead.
  2. Place the wings on the greased racks in a single layer so they aren’t touching.  You will need to cook in multiple batches.
  3. Cook for 15 minutes at 250 degrees F.
  4. Flip the wings over and switch the position of the trays, so that the top is on the bottom and the bottom tray is on the top.  
  5. Increase temperature to 450 degrees (or the highest your air fryer goes).  Air fry for 15- 20 minutes or until the chicken are wings cooked through and crispy.

PREP AHEAD

These Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings can easily be prepped ahead of time. 

  • Prepare the chicken up to baking, then refrigerate for up to 12 hours – you can cover for 6 hours then uncover for the last 6 to help dry out the skin. 
  • When it’s time to bake the wings, let them rest on the counter for 15 minutes then proceed to bake according to directions.
  • The Lemon Butter Sauce can also be whisked together then refrigerated. You will need to reheat it in the microwave or stove before using as the butter will have solidified.

HOW TO REHEAT

You can reheat the chicken wing in the oven or the air fryer but they will get crispier in the air fryer.

AIR FRYER

  • Line basket(s) with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  • Add chicken wings in a single layer to baskets.
  • Use the “snack” setting to reheat OR air fry at 360 degrees F for 4 minutes, then increase heat to 400°F and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes.  Every air fryer is different, so I suggest keeping a close eye on them so they don’t burn.

OVEN

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a baking sheet with foil (for easy cleanup) and spray rack with cooking spray.
  • Line wings on baking sheet so they aren’t touching.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until heated through.

How TO FREEZE 

Frozen Lemon Pepper Wings are tasty but won’t be as crispy unless reheated in the air fryer.  To freeze:

  • Line chicken wings in a single layer on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  • Place in the freezer to flash freeze until solid, about 1-2 hours.  Flash freezing allows the chicken wings to be placed together in a freezer container without freezing together.
  • Transfer frozen wings to a freezer safe container or freezer size plastic bag, squeeze out excess air to prevent freezer burn.
  • Freeze for up to three months.
  • When ready to serve, line a baking sheet with foil (for easy cleanup) and top with baking rack.  Spray rack with cooking spray.
  • Line frozen wings on the baking rack and transfer to the refrigerator to thaw.
  • Once thawed, bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes or until heated through or follow the instructions for reheating wings in the air fryer.