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lemon pepper wings arranged on baking sheet with white parchment paper and lemon wedges

Baked Lemon Pepper Wings

Since the wings are baked they are easy to make for a crowd, large batches at a time. They are tossed in lemon butter which negates any need for additional dipping sauces.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken wings, football, lemon, pepper, tailgating, wings
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 621kcal


For the wings:

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon mustard powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 3 pounds chicken wings, drumettes and wingettes separated, wing tips discarded
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

For serving:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest, divided
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons grated pecorino Romano


For the wings:

  • In a small bowl stir together the kosher, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, mustard powder and cayenne.
  • Add the wings, oil and lemon juice to a large mixing bowl, tossing with your hands to coat evenly. Add the spices, tossing to coat once again.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour and up to overnight.
  • Heat oven to 400ºF (200ºC). Place a wire rack inside a baking sheet. Arrange the wings in an even single layer and bake until cooked through, about 35 minutes.
  • Heat the oven to broil high and broil until golden brown and crispy, about 3 minutes on each side.

For serving:

  • Melt the butter in a small bowl and stir in half the lemon zest, lemon juice and pepper. Add the wings to a large bowl and toss with the sauce.
  • Arrange on a large platter and sprinkle with the cheese and lemon zest. Serve immediately.


Calories: 621kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 52g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 22g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 174mg | Sodium: 748mg | Potassium: 332mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.4g | Vitamin A: 687IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 2mg