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lemon pepper chicken wings
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Homemade Lemon Pepper Wings

Course Appetizer, Main, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword best, chicken recipes, chicken wings, hot wings, how to make, lemon pepper, seasoning
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 wings
Author Divas Can Cook



  • 4 lemons
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1.3 lbs chicken wings 12 wings, washed and dried thoroughly
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Garnish: parsley fresh lemon juice, cracked black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 170 F.
  • Zest lemons.
  • Arrange lemon zest on a pan in a single layer.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until dry.
  • Crush lemon zest with your fingers until powdery.
  • Place dried zest in a bowl (about 1 1/2 tablespoons worth) and add pepper, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder. (This is a mild lemon pepper seasoning. Taste and adjust seasoning to your liking.) Set aside.
  • Drizzle chicken lightly with olive oil and toss with 1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning.
  • Mix flour and 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning in a bowl or paper bag.
  • Add chicken and toss until chicken is lightly coated in flour.
  • Place coated chicken on a plate and cover with plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerate until ready to fry or at least for 30 minutes to allow the flour to absorb a bit.
  • Heat peanut oil in a deep skillet (375 F). (I like to add a slice of onion and a clove of garlic to my oil, optional)
  • Fry chicken (about 10 minutes) until golden brown.
  • Let chicken drain on a cooling rack with paper towels underneath.
  • While chicken is draining, quickly make lemon butter by melting butter in a large pot.
  • Stir in pepper, salt, onion powder, and garlic powder. (add more seasoning if desired)
  • Right before you add the chicken into the mixture stir in the lemon juice.
  • Toss hot chicken into the lemon butter until coated.
  • Place on a cooling rack and IMMEDIATELY sprinkle with the remaining lemon pepper seasoning on the top and bottom of the chicken.
  • Garnish with parsley.
  • *optional* Before serving drizzle chicken with the juice of half a lemon, salt, and fresh black pepper. Let sit for a few minutes for lemon juice to absorb and enjoy!



Add the lemon juice to the butter RIGHT before you add the cooked chicken. The lemon juice will make the butter clump after a few minutes so work quickly.