Lemon Pepper Wings

Lemon pepper wings have this amazing combination of acidic, salty, tangy, and intense that makes for a uniquely potent wing flavor.

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One of the most fabled flavors of chicken wings, lemon pepper wings, are usually only served at the very best wing spots. However, instead of hunting for a good one near you, why not learn how to make it yourself?

Looking for a way to use up any seasoning blend that you have left over, why not try making Lemon Pepper Chicken the next day? Also, make sure to try these Honey BBQ Wings for the ultimate sports bar classic!

lemon pepper wings on a baking sheet

Lemon Pepper Wings

Lemon pepper wings are one of those wing flavors that everyone knows is secretly the best one.

Not often sold, lemon pepper wings have this amazing combination of acidic, salty, tangy, and intense that makes for a uniquely potent wing flavor.

They are actually pretty easy to make yourself, however, so there’s no need to go hunting for a wing place near you! Just get some lemon pepper seasoning and some good quality chicken wings, and you can make them just as good as a neighborhood pub would make them.              

lemon pepper wings on a baking tray with parchment

Could You Make Your Own Lemon Pepper Seasoning For This Recipe?

Lemon pepper seasoning used to be something that no one could get a hold of, but nowadays, pretty much every mid-sized grocery store will keep some lemon pepper seasoning in stock.

However, if you wanted to make it yourself, it isn’t actually too difficult.

Lemon pepper seasoning is really nothing more than dehydrated lemon zest mixed with really finely crushed black pepper, as well as usually some garlic powder and salt for extra flavor.

To make your lemon pepper seasoning from scratch, simply zest a bunch of lemons, being careful to get as little of the white pith in your zest as possible.

Then take your lemon zest and dehydrate it, either using your oven set to the lowest possible temperature it can maintain or an actual dehydrator.

Mix that with plenty of freshly ground black pepper in about a 1-to-1 ratio, throw in garlic powder and salt to taste, and you are ready to make your entirely homemade lemon pepper wings!

lemon pepper wings ingredients on a wooden cutting board

Why Do You Need To Add Baking Powder?

The addition of baking powder might make a few home chefs a bit uncomfortable, especially those that have ever had the misfortune to eat something with way too much baking powder in it.

However, the baking powder in this recipe isn’t for flavor, nor is it to provide any kind of lift – it is all about browning.

Alongside being a raising agent, baking powder is actually a strong alkaline, and browning occurs a lot more significantly in alkaline environments.

By tossing your chicken pieces in a little bit of baking powder first, you will end up with super crispy chicken wings that taste and feel like they have been deeply fried, but without having to deal with any of the intense fat, you get from deep frying!

lemon pepper wings butter sauce in a clear bowl

Could You Fry Your Wings Instead?

This recipe calls for baking, rather than deep frying, your chicken wings, which some people might consider as being the worse option.

Deep fried wings are usually the go-to when it comes to enjoying chicken wings, as who doesn’t want a super crispy and tender chicken wing?

However, thanks to a few tricks in this recipe, like adding baking powder and cooking them on a wire rack, you really don’t need to deep fry it to get the same level of crispiness.

What’s more, cooking your wings in the oven rather than deep frying them leads to a huge saving in calories, as you don’t have to ingest about a cup of oil per serving, leaving more room for calorific additions like blue cheese dip, or maybe just some extra butter when you coat your wings in their lemon pepper seasoning.

lemon pepper wings on a baking tray closeup

How To Really Amp Up The Flavors Of Your Lemon Pepper Wings

While these lemon pepper wings have a ton of flavor all on their own, there is one final secret trick you could do to increase the flavor of your wings – make them wet.

First appearing in Donald Glover’s Atlanta, Lemon Pepper Wet Wings are basically lemon pepper wings that have been additionally tossed in some buffalo sauce and melted butter.

Just make your lemon pepper wings according to the recipe, but then melt together equal parts butter and Frank’s Red Hot hot sauce, and then toss the wings in that as well.

It might seem like too much flavor, but it will definitely be worth it.

Looking for more delicious chicken wing Appetizers? Try these out:

Detroit Honey Hot Wings

Amazing Salt and pepper Chicken Wings

Baked Honey Sesame Chicken Wings

Happy Cooking




Lemon pepper wings have this amazing combination of acidic, salty, tangy, and intense that makes for a uniquely potent wing flavor.

Lemon Pepper Wings

Lemon pepper wings have this amazing combination of acidic, salty, tangy, and intense that makes for a uniquely potent wing flavor.
5 from 4 votes
lemon pepper wings on a baking sheet
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
24 wings
Karlynn Johnston


  • 24 pieces chicken wings (drums and wings, tips removed)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Lemon Pepper Seasoning

  • 2 tablespoons lemon-pepper seasoning
  • cup butter (melted)


  • Preheat your oven to 400°.
  • In a large bowl add the chicken wings and sprinkle the baking powder over all the wings tossing as you sprinkle the baking powder. Add the salt and toss well to ensure all are coated evenly
  • Place wings on a wire rack set on a baking sheet, do not crowd the wings.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
  • Remove the wings from the oven and place in a clean bowl.

Lemon Pepper Seasoning

  • Mix the melted butter and the lemon-pepper seasoning and drizzle over the wings while tossing. (Make sure to stir butter mixture as you go to make sure you have plenty of seasoning for each wing).
  • Toss the wings in the bowl to ensure all are coated well.
  • Place on a platter and serve immediately.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 638kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 66g, Saturated Fat: 40g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 18g, Trans Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 181mg, Sodium: 1680mg, Potassium: 1427mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 0.1g, Vitamin A: 1992IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 595mg, Iron: 2mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

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  1. Ingrid says

    Clarification – one part of recipe indicates baking powder and then when given directions indicates baking soda – which one is to be used?

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