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Crispy Baked Lemon Pepper Wings – 4 ingredients!

These lemon pepper wings are baked until crispy then basted with lemon pepper seasoning and melted butter. They’re an easy appetizer or dinner that’s as good or better as you can get in a restaurant!

This Lemon Pepper Wings recipe is our most popular. They're baked but come out as crispy as fried, plus they use just four ingredients! Discover how to make lemon pepper wings that will make mama proud.

I’ve lost count as to how many times I’ve made this lemon pepper wings recipe over the past three weeks.

First, I took a batch down to my sister’s for a Packer game. And since we’re out for the season that should give you an indication that it’s been a little while! My dad proclaimed them to be the “best lemon pepper wings he’s ever had” so I knew they were a winner.

I made them a second time a few days later and my girls gobbled them up, too. So fast, in fact, that I never had a chance to get any pics!

This weekend was the big “30 inches of snow” storm so my parents stayed with me. That’s always a good reason for me to be cooking! Since my dad enjoyed these homemade lemon pepper wings so much the first time, I took the opportunity to make them again.

If you love the lemon-pepper flavor combination and crispy oven baked chicken wings, these are the lemon pepper wings for you!

Lemon pepper wings just out of the oven with slices of lemon wedges on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper

How do you make lemon pepper wings?

This lemon pepper wings recipe is so simple you won’t believe it once you taste them! Just toss your chicken wings with some vegetable or canola oil. Avocado oil is another great one to use because it has a high smoke point.

Bake them on a sheet pan and a wire rack for around 45-60 minutes or until they’re super crispy. The oil and high heat are the secret to making them as crispy as fried. Then just brush on a mixture of melted butter and lemon pepper seasoning and serve ’em up!

What is lemon pepper seasoning made of?

Most lemon pepper seasoning has dried lemon zest, pepper, and salt. Store-bought lemon pepper can contain more than that, so be sure to check the label.

If you want to make your own lemon pepper seasoning, you can use the homemade lemon pepper seasoning recipe from my upcoming Weeknight Keto cookbook and you don’t even have to buy the book to get it! (Note: the recipe isn’t keto-specific, it just happens to be keto, just like these wings!)

Are these lemon pepper wings Keto?

At the time I created this recipe, I didn’t even know what the Keto diet is, let alone that these are, in fact, Keto Lemon Pepper Wings. None of the ingredients used have any carbs, so you can enjoy these all day long and not have to give a second thought to carb counts! 

Most lemon pepper seasoning that you buy will be very low in carbs or not have any carbs at all, making it a great choice for keto. You’ll want to check the nutrition label to be sure. You can also make my homemade lemon pepper seasoning that’s keto and much better than anything you can buy.

How many calories are in lemon pepper wings?

I’ve included all the nutritional information below, but for your reference, Baked Lemon Pepper Wings have roughly 776 calories per serving. Compare these baked wings to fried, which has about 1100 calories per serving.

How to make lemon pepper wings in an air fryer

To make air fryer lemon pepper wings, you’ll skip the oven and reduce the oil to 1 tbsp per pound of wings. Air fry the wings for approximately 15 minutes, turning the wings once during the air frying process.

If your air fryer basket is large enough to hold two pounds of chicken wings, increase the baking time by 3-5 minutes.

Once your wings are done, toss them in the lemon-pepper and butter mixture as directed in the recipe. You’ll have the best air fryer lemon pepper wings you’ve ever tried!

Baked lemon pepper chicken wings just out of the oven with slices of lemon wedges on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper

Tips for making the best lemon pepper wings ever!

  1. Don’t use too much oil

    Use just enough oil to coat the wings but don’t drench them. They only need a light coating to help them get nice and crispy. Excess oil can also cause your oven to smoke.

  2. Don’t wash your chicken first

    Although many people disagree with me, there is a lot of evidence that shows you not only don’t need to wash your chicken wings first, but it could cause more harm than good. There are many articles written on the topic, so head to Google if you’re interested in learning more.

  3. Don’t pre-season your wings

    You don’t need to season your wings before baking them. Normally, I would never skip this step, but lemon pepper seasoning typically has plenty of salt. Pre-seasoning your chicken wings could result in them being too salty. If you’re using a low-salt lemon pepper seasoning, then go ahead and pre-season them in that case.

  4. Plate first, then baste

    Place the oven-baked wings on your serving platter before basting them with the sauce. That way you won’t lose any that happens to drip down.

  5. Use this baking method with other seasonings and sauces

    The method for baking chicken wings this way can be used with any number of other flavors. Buffalo chicken wings, Teriyaki, Spicy Balsamic & Honey, or even Korean chicken wings are all delicious. Or just substitute the lemon pepper seasoning for your favorite spice mix! This makes it easy to serve several different flavors at once for a family dinner or at a party.

  6. Use this baking method with other types of chicken

    You can also use this method with chicken thighs or drumsticks. I’ve made four different flavors at one time using chicken thighs, potatoes and asparagus all on the same sheet pan for an easy one-pan meal!

Lemon pepper chicken wings just out of the oven with slices of lemon wedges on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper

These oven-baked lemon pepper chicken wings are on my permanent and frequent go-to recipe list from here on out. I know they’ll be on yours, too, as soon as you try just one!

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CRISPY Baked Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings! FOUR ingredients, so much FLAVOR! Double the batch, they go FAST!

Crispy Baked Lemon Pepper Wings

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

This is the most popular recipe on this site and it couldn't be easier! Be sure to watch the video at the top of the post for visual directions if you have questions.

Ingredients

  • 4 lb chicken wings
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil (can also use canola)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons lemon-pepper seasoning

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Toss chicken wings and oil. Place wings on a wire rack set on a baking sheet, taking care not to crowd wings. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
  3. Remove wings from the oven. Mix melted butter and lemon-pepper seasoning and brush liberally onto wings (stir butter mixture as you go to make sure you have plenty of seasoning for each wing).
  4. Place on a platter and serve immediately.

Notes

Be sure your sheet pan has sides to catch the grease! If you use a flat pan that has no sides, the grease will drip onto the bottom of your oven and cause it to smoke.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 776Total Fat: 68gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 219mgSodium: 280mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 1gProtein: 45g

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Carol Davis

Friday 27th of November 2020

Sounds yummy!

Angel

Tuesday 15th of September 2020

I'm about to try these today with my air fryer and I'm only using a little over a lb. of chicken wings and wanted to know how much would the measurements be for the recipe? (Ex. Butter, Lemon pepper) Thanks

Kristy Bernardo

Wednesday 16th of September 2020

Hi Angel, I'm not at my computer at the moment so I can't give you exact measurements. Since the recipe uses 4 lb of wings, just use 1/4 of the other amounts and you should be good to go!

Amy

Wednesday 1st of April 2020

My entire family devoured these! I used two lbs of chicken wings from Wegmans that I had on hand but kept the other measurements the same. They were so delicious! I checked on them at 40 minutes and they were perfect. My 3yo daughter hasn’t touched chicken in probably 1.5 years - pretty much ignores meat on her plate - and she was obsessed and asked for more. It was a huge win! Thanks so much for a great recipe.

Kristy Bernardo

Wednesday 1st of April 2020

Oh, I love this!! I'm so glad your family enjoyed it, esp your daughter! I know how tough it can be to get those little ones to eat certain things. I hope you and your family are safe and well during this trying time. Cheers :)

Carole

Wednesday 19th of February 2020

I prepared these wings for my husband and I last night. After trying dozens of low carb wing recipes over the years, your recipe is the ONLY one I will use from now on. They were true perfection! Thank you for your wonderful website, your outstanding Weeknight Keto cookbook, and your delicious recipes.

Kristy Bernardo

Wednesday 1st of April 2020

Hi Carole! Sorry I'm just replying, this went into my spam folder for some reason. I'm thrilled you love the recipe so much! Cheers :)

Joy Maxwell

Sunday 3rd of November 2019

Mom these are the best You did a good job. Why thank you. Oh yes they came out so gooooooood Love love love them

Kristy

Monday 4th of November 2019

Thanks so much, Joy!

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