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overhead shot of lemon pepper wings in a serving dish garnished with lemon wedges

Wet Lemon Pepper Wings (Air Fryer Recipe)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 644kcal
Author: Meiko Temple


Chicken Wings:

  • 2 lbs. chicken wings flats & drumsticks cut
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons avocado oil or neutral oil
  • Cooking Spray

Lemon Pepper Dry Rub

  • 2 teaspoons lemon pepper seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Lemon Pepper Wet Sauce

  • ¼ cup butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoons lemon zest (½ lemon)
  • ⅛ - ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Garnish (optional)

  • 2 tablespoons parsley chopped
  • lemon wedges


To Prepare Chicken

  • If using whole wings you must first cut and separate the wing, flat and tip. You can reserve wing tips for stock or discard.
  • Dry chicken wings thoroughly with paper towels to remove as much moisture as possible.
  • Add chicken wings to a bowl and season with 1 teaspoon kosher salt and toss until coated. If you have time, add chicken to fridge for 30 to overnight to allow skin to dry out.

To Make Lemon Pepper Dry Rub

  • Add lemon pepper seasoning, baking powder, cornstarch, kosher salt, sugar, and cayenne pepper to a bowl and whisk until blended.
  • Add oil to wings and toss making sure all the wings are coated. Add seasoning blend and toss until all the wings are coated. Spray wire rack with cooking spray and add wings to rack in a single layer. If you have a smaller air fryer you’ll need cook in batches.

To cook wings

  • Turn air fryer on to 400°F. Cook for 10 minutes, flip over, cook for 10 minutes.

To make lemon pepper wet sauce

  • While wings are cooking, in a medium skillet over medium heat add butter, lemon juice, lemon pepper seasoning, lemon zest, and black pepper and bring to a simmer. Toss chicken in the lemon pepper sauce while hot. Garinish with parsley and lemon wedges. Serve hot with blue cheese or ranch sauce.
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Calories: 644kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 50g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Monounsaturated Fat: 22g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 175mg | Sodium: 1676mg | Potassium: 417mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1076IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 165mg | Iron: 3mg


Air Fryer
Wired Baking Rack
Measuring Tools
Bowl Set
Large Skillet

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

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