Crispy Lemon-Pepper Baked Chicken Wings

Lemon-Pepper Baked Chicken Wings are a flavorful main entrée or the perfect game day snack food. The BOLD seasoning on these wings will set them apart!

Lemon-Pepper Baked Chicken Wings are BOLD!

When I season meat, I like to mix up my own blends to create a unique, tasty flavor. Lemon Pepper Seasoning is one blend that I am particular about. Some brands are overly packed with lemon, while others are too peppery. When you mix up your own, you get to control the level of each that you like.

Rather than starting you out where I would on the wing seasoning, I chose a moderate starting point. You will still get that bold flavor without being *too much* for sensitive tongues. My guys prefer less of a bite, so I like to set some aside that I can spice up for myself.

The whole black peppercorns impart a BOLD flavor to this seasoning, so it’s best to start with a small amount and adjust upwards until you find the level of heat you prefer. Once you do, you can create larger batches of this seasoning and store the remaining amounts in an airtight container for several months.

Ingredients:

Lemon-Pepper Seasoning:

4-5 large lemons, zested
1 Tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon black peppercorns, crushed

Chicken Wings:

4 lbs. chicken wings, tips removed and patted dry
3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

How to Make Lemon-Pepper Baked Chicken Wings:

Position oven rack to center position and preheat oven to warm (lowest setting).

Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

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.

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.

Remove dried lemon zest from the oven and increase oven temperature to 425°F.

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.

In a large bowl, combine chicken wings with olive oil and 1 – 2 tablespoons of lemon-pepper seasoning and toss until evenly coated.

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.

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.

Remove from oven and serve immediately with sliced celery and blue cheese or ranch dressing, if desired.

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Yield: 4 Servings

Lemon-Pepper Baked Chicken Wings

Lemon-Pepper Baked Chicken Wings

Bring BOLD to your next game day party or the dinner table with these Lemon-Pepper Baked Chicken Wings!

Prep Time 50 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes

Ingredients

Lemon-Pepper Seasoning

  • 4-5 large lemons, zested
  • 1 Tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns, crushed 

Chicken Wings

  • 4 lbs. chicken wings, tips removed and patted dry
  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 

Instructions

Position oven rack to center
position and preheat oven to warm (lowest setting).

Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

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.

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.

Remove dried lemon zest from the oven and increase oven temperature to 425°F.

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.

In a large bowl, combine chicken wings with olive oil and 1 - 2 tablespoons of
lemon-pepper seasoning and toss until evenly coated.

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.

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.

Remove from oven and serve immediately with sliced celery and blue cheese or
ranch dressing, if desired.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1607Total Fat: 121gSaturated Fat: 41gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 70gCholesterol: 372mgSodium: 3371mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 5gSugar: 4gProtein: 78g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 1/24/2021

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