Easy Lemon Pepper Baked Chicken Wings

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lemon pepper chicken wings

 

Ever since college, chicken wings were my go to meal when I’m in a hurry. But I’ve never been a huge fan of making them at home – the ones you get at restaurants are baked and then fried. I’m not a huge fan of frying food in our home, the smell of the oil drive me nuts later. So finding a good recipe to bake chicken wings that are full of flavor.

These chicken wings are perfect for a snack, a movie night, game night or even an appetizer for when you’re having a holiday party. Grab a few wings next time you’re at the store and you will be ready to go with these delicious wings!

Ingredients:
lemon pepper chicken wingsLemon-Pepper Seasoning:

  • 4-5 large Lemons, zested
  • 1 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp Black Peppercorns, crushed

Chicken Wings:

  • 4 lbs. Chicken Wings, tips removed and patted dry
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin Olive Oil

Directions:

  1. Position oven rack to center position and preheat oven to warm (lowest setting).
  2. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. To prepare the lemon-pepper seasoning, wash the lemons and pat dry. Remove zest from each lemon with a microplane. While doing so, collect as much of the flavorful yellow outer layer as possible, while avoiding the more bitter white layer below.
  4. Spread the zest in a thin layer on the parchment paper and place in the oven. After 20 minutes, remove pan from oven and shake to make sure zest is drying evenly. Return to oven until thoroughly dried, approximately 25-30 minutes.
  5. Remove dried lemon zest from the oven and increase oven temperature to 425°F.
  6. Add dried lemon zest to spice grinder or food processor along with salt and black peppercorns. Grind ingredients until desired consistency is reached. Taste and adjust ratio of salt and pepper as desired.
  7. In a large bowl, combine chicken wings with olive oil and 1 – 2 tablespoons of lemon-pepper seasoning and toss until evenly coated.
  8. Arrange seasoned chicken wings in a single layer on rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Do not overcrowd. Place baking sheet on center rack of preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  9. Remove baking sheet from oven and turn each wing to ensure they cook evenly on all sides. Return to oven and bake for another 20-25 minutes, or until wings are browned and crispy.
  10. Remove from oven and serve immediately with sliced celery and blue cheese or ranch dressing, if desired.

Easy Lemon Pepper Baked Chicken Wings

Easy Lemon Pepper Baked Chicken Wings

Ingredients

  • Lemon-Pepper Seasoning:
  • 4-5 large Lemons, zested
  • 1 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp Black Peppercorns, crushed
  • Chicken Wings:
  • 4 lbs. Chicken Wings, tips removed and patted dry
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin Olive Oil

Instructions

  1. Position oven rack to center position and preheat oven to warm (lowest setting).
  2. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. To prepare the lemon-pepper seasoning, wash the lemons and pat dry. Remove zest from each lemon with a microplane. While doing so, collect as much of the flavorful yellow outer layer as possible, while avoiding the more bitter white layer below.
  4. Spread the zest in a thin layer on the parchment paper and place in the oven. After 20 minutes, remove pan from oven and shake to make sure zest is drying evenly. Return to oven until thoroughly dried, approximately 25-30 minutes.
  5. Remove dried lemon zest from the oven and increase oven temperature to 425°F.
  6. Add dried lemon zest to spice grinder or food processor along with salt and black peppercorns. Grind ingredients until desired consistency is reached. Taste and adjust ratio of salt and pepper as desired.
  7. In a large bowl, combine chicken wings with olive oil and 1 - 2 tablespoons of lemon-pepper seasoning and toss until evenly coated.
  8. Arrange seasoned chicken wings in a single layer on rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Do not overcrowd. Place baking sheet on center rack of preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  9. Remove baking sheet from oven and turn each wing to ensure they cook evenly on all sides. Return to oven and bake for another 20-25 minutes, or until wings are browned and crispy.
  10. Remove from oven and serve immediately with sliced celery and blue cheese or ranch dressing, if desired.
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