There’s nothing like the citrusy and peppery flavor of Baked Lemon Pepper Wings. Whether you’re hosting a casual group for dinner or are serving Chicken Wings for game day, these easy-baked wings are sure to please. Juicy and crispy with a fraction of the fat of fried versions! 

Baked Lemon Pepper Wings in a serving tray with lemons.

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Obsessed with chicken wings? You’ve got to try our crispy buffalo wings recipe and our air fryer chicken wings (a great recipe for when you’re low on time). 

Baked Lemon Pepper Wings Recipe

Lemon pepper wings are often outshined by classic chicken wings or buffalo wings, but they are truly just as good. Instead of reinventing the wheel and making your own lemon pepper seasoning, simply grab a shaker of the premade stuff to make prep a no-brainer. Then, you’ll let the oven work its magic and make a perfect crispy wing. 

Ingredients for Lemon Pepper Wings 

  • Chicken Wings – For the most even-cooking, opt for chicken wings that have been broken down into drumettes (the ones that look like mini chicken legs) and wingettes (the oblong wing pieces). You can use full chicken wings, but they’ll take a bit longer to cook and you’ll need to trim off the wing tip. 
  • Avocado Oil or Olive Oil – Either high-quality avocado oil or olive oil are neutral enough and great for high-heat cooking. Avoid using canola or vegetable oil, as they don’t have the best flavor for baking and are more common for deep-frying. 
  • Unsalted Butter – Opt for unsalted butter since you’ll be using a salty, lemon pepper seasoning. Feel free to adjust the salt levels to taste as you wish though! 
  • Lemon-Pepper Seasoning – Our favorites are Lawry’s Lemon Pepper Seasoning or McCormick Lemon Pepper Seasoning if you need a solid recommendation.

Pro Tip: There’s no need to season the wings before you toss them in the oven. The lemon pepper coating at the end is flavorful enough on its own! 

Ingredients for lemon pepper wings.

How to Make Lemon Pepper Wings 

  • Prepare the Chicken Wings – Preheat the oven to 425°F. Pat the chicken wings dry with a paper towel, place them into a large bowl, and drizzle them with oil.
  • Assemble the Chicken Wings – Place on a baking sheet with a bit of space in between each one. Don’t overcrowd the chicken wings, or else they won’t have enough space to get crispy! 
  • Bake the Chicken Wings – bake for 40 minutes or until they turn golden brown and crispy.
  • Make the Lemon Pepper Butter Sauce – Melt the butter in a medium size bowl and stir in lemon pepper seasoning. Pour the sauce over the wings and toss until well-coated then serve.
Images or step by step of preparing lemon pepper wings.

Pro Tip: If you like the extra smokey flavor, feel free to grill the wings instead! To do so, preheat the grill to 425°F and place the chicken wings onto the grill grates. Cook the wings on each side for about 7-10 minutes or until golden and crispy.

Common Questions

Are lemon pepper wings made with dry or wet seasoning?

Lemon pepper wings are somewhere in between a dry and wet wing. The lemon pepper butter sauce gets a bit liquidy from the melted butter, but once they are coated and seasoned, the wings are more on the dry seasoning side. 

Can I make lemon pepper wings in the air fryer?

Yes! Place the wings in the air frying basket, spacing them evenly. Air fry at 400˚F for 8 minutes per side, or a total of 16 minutes, or until chicken wings are crisp and golden brown on the outside. Check out our Air Fryer Chicken Wings Recipe.

Are baked lemon pepper wings healthy?

Yes, baked lemon pepper wings are healthier than fried wings because they use a fraction of the oil and always come nice and crispy. 

Why do some people use baking powder on their baked chicken wings?

Some people use baking powder on their baked chicken wings as a secret ingredient to make them even more crispy. Baking powder dries the skin out a bit and brings them closer to the crispiness of deep-fried wings. 

Lemon pepper wings in a serving tray with lemons.

Ways to Serve 

Whether you want to eat a healthy low-carb meal or are in the mood for something more decadent and comforting, try these tasty sides with your ultra-crispy chicken wings:

Lemon Pepper wings baked on baking sheet and garnished with lemons

Make-Ahead 

If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers, you’ll love that these chicken wings store well and reheat nicely.

  • Refrigerate: To keep your lemon pepper chicken wings fresh for up to a week, store them in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • To Reheat: Pop them back in the oven on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil until warmed through. You can also reheat them in the basket of an air fryer if you have one.

Pro Tip: Avoid microwaving the wings, as they will lose their crispy texture.

More Tasty Baked Chicken Recipes 

Natasha's Kitchen Cookbook

Baked Lemon Pepper Wings Recipe

5 from 37 votes
Author: Natalya Drozhzhin
Lemon Pepper wings served with lemon wedges
Baked Lemon Pepper Wings are crispy outside and tender inside. This is one of the easiest chicken wing recipes and you'll love the lemon pepper butter sauce.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 8 servings

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Place the chicken wings into a large bowl and drizzle them with oil.
  • Place wings on a baking sheet, leaving space between each one. Bake the chicken wings for 40 minutes or until they turn golden brown and crispy.
  • Melt the butter in a medium size bowl and stir in lemon pepper seasoning. Add the wings to the butter mixture and toss until the wings are evenly coated in the seasoning. Serve while the wings are still warm. Enjoy!

Nutrition Per Serving

356kcal Calories1g Carbs17g Protein31g Fat12g Saturated Fat4g Polyunsaturated Fat13g Monounsaturated Fat1g Trans Fat101mg Cholesterol69mg Sodium167mg Potassium0.4g Fiber0.02g Sugar498IU Vitamin A1mg Vitamin C21mg Calcium1mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Baked Lemon Pepper Wings Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
356
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
31
g
48
%
Saturated Fat
 
12
g
75
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
4
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
13
g
Cholesterol
 
101
mg
34
%
Sodium
 
69
mg
3
%
Potassium
 
167
mg
5
%
Carbohydrates
 
1
g
0
%
Fiber
 
0.4
g
2
%
Sugar
 
0.02
g
0
%
Protein
 
17
g
34
%
Vitamin A
 
498
IU
10
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
21
mg
2
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baked Lemon Pepper Wings, Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings, Lemon Pepper Wings
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $
Calories: 356

Natalya Drozhzhin

Natalya is a food blogger who founded Momsdish.com to make cooking easier. Growing up on a farm in Ukraine, Natalya was inspired by the amazing dishes that were prepared using simple ingredients. Natalya is most notably known for making cooking approachable for any person.

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  • Kimberly Miller
    November 25, 2023

    Will the wings lose their crispiness if i put them in a crock pot to keep them warm after cooking?
    Thanks

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 25, 2023

      Hi Kimberly. I’ve never tested it but likely they can, because of moisture.

      Reply

  • Sanari
    September 26, 2023

    Hi Natasha I have tried your lemon pepper chicken wings so many times it’s really yummy can I make this same recipe with the chicken legs.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 26, 2023

      Hi there, glad you liked it! I think that will be fine too.

      Reply

  • Dora Lopez Padilla
    June 19, 2023

    This recipe was easy and tasty BUT my wings got all stuck to foil. I suggest an edit to the recipe: turn the wings at 20 minutes for even browning. That also helps with the sticking. Big thumbs up from the family. I’ll make this again!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 20, 2023

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Dora! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Andrea
    March 24, 2023

    Oh my goodness! These are unbelievably simple to do! They were delicious! Totally keeping this recipe

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 24, 2023

      Thank you for your great feedback, Andrea!

      Reply

  • Shanell
    November 2, 2022

    Why are there two different baking temps. Is it 400 or 425 F to bake the wings

    Reply

    • Natasha
      November 3, 2022

      Hi Shanell, 425˚F is correct. Sorry about that typo in the post above. I hope you love the lemon pepper wings recipe!

      Reply

  • Kerrie
    October 30, 2022

    Why does it mention separating into wingettes and drumettes? It is not addressed later in the recipe. Do they have separate cooking times? Or, are they supposed to be separated on the baking sheet for some reason?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      October 31, 2022

      Hi Kerrie, yes- I put in the notes: For the most even cooking, opt for chicken wings that have been broken down into drumettes (the ones that look like mini chicken legs) and wingettes (the oblong wing pieces). You can use full chicken wings, but they’ll take a bit longer to cook and you’ll need to trim off the wing tip.

      Reply

  • Connie
    September 23, 2022

    This is a whole lotta “Yum’s”!!!! Only served this with a salad as it was the star of our meal! Thanks Natasha for posting a real winner!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 23, 2022

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite, Connie! I’m so glad it was a hit!

      Reply

  • Journa Liz Ramirez
    September 22, 2022

    This chicken wing recipe is a big hit! I think I need to double the recipe next time.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 23, 2022

      I’m so happy to hear that and thank you for sharing!

      Reply

  • Diana
    September 21, 2022

    So glad you posted this as I was looking for football appetizers. These were the best lemon pepper wings that we ever had! My boys agree!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      September 21, 2022

      That’s wonderful, Diana! I’m so glad your family enjoyed this recipe. 🙂

      Reply

      • Irina Atamanyuk
        January 11, 2023

        Hi Natasha,

        You mentioned that some people add baking powder to make them extra crispy. Would that work for these wings? If so, how much do you recommend I use?

        Thank you.

        Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          January 11, 2023

          Yes, it should work. I suggest trying it out first by using just the right amount and then just add if you think you need more.

          Reply

  • Erin
    September 21, 2022

    YUM! These are so good! I’ll definitely be making them a lot during football season.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 21, 2022

      Glad you enjoyed this recipe, Erin!

      Reply

  • Jamie N
    September 20, 2022

    The lemon pepper coating makes these! Love how crispy they are! Perfect game day food!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      September 20, 2022

      Thank you, Jamie! So glad you enjoyed this recipe.

      Reply

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