Baked Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings

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Baked Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings are great for the family, a party, or when you just want a yummy snack. It’s nice to break from the ordinary wings and try something lemony, peppery, crispy, and delicious once in a while, don’t you think?

If you love chicken wings, then you’ll also love my recipes for Spicy Korean BBQ Chicken Wings, Spicy Honey Lime Chicken Wings, and my Slow Cooker Honey Chipotle Chicken Wings.

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What can I say about wings? A staple of American households everywhere, the chicken wings are ubiquitous with sports bars, appetizers, the Super Bowl, and any other time and place that people want to have fun and eat finger foods. 

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the typical chicken wing — dressed in Buffalo sauce, or some other ooey, gooey, drippy, spicy, garlicky concoction — but I also love to see if I can recreate the wheel as it were. To take something you are used to eating one way and make it just a little different. These wings are lighter, crispier, and fresher from what you are typically served. I feel like you could eat 20 of these and feel a-okay, whereas maybe not so much if you ate 20 hot Buffalo wings at the local wings joint. 

I like to make these wings when the parents come over or other family or a small gathering of friends. You get the wings, but you don’t get the mess. But don’t think you can skimp on the amount of wings — these puppies will be flying off your serving platter, just you wait! 

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Here’s How you Make it

Here’s my tried and true method for making health-ish, crispy baked lemon pepper wings!

  1. First, I make sure my wings are thawed (if frozen) and then I preheat the oven. I arrange the wings in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with foil and then topped with a cooling rack. 

2. Next, I brush the wings with olive oil (turning so I can get both sides) and season with a lot of salt and pepper (also on both sides). I pop these in the oven for 25-35 minutes until they are nice and crispy. 

3. While the wings are cooking, I whisk together the melted butter, honey, black pepper, and lemon juice. When the wings are done, I pull them out of the oven and brush this butter mixture over the wings and serve them right away. 

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What can I Make with Wings?

Sides, sides, all the sides. Or, I guess if you’re just having a finger food/appetizer meal then the sides are really all just part of the meal, aren’t they? However, there are many foods that go great with wings, no matter how you choose to serve them: 

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How Many Wings does a Chicken Have?

A chicken only has two wings, like every other bird. However, we use the wing tip (flat) and the drumette in a “wings” order, so technically, you are getting four wing pieces out of each chicken. 

Are Boneless Chicken Wings really Wings?

If you’re ordering boneless chicken wings, you know they are not really wings made from boneless chickens right? The “wings” that are served boneless-style are basically chicken nuggets in a wing shape. They will taste more like chicken fingers, too, with all that breading on them. 

How do I Make Lemon Pepper Chicken?

If you’re not into wings or want to make this recipe with boneless, skinless chicken breasts, then you can make this sauce for other types of chicken too. To make this with chicken breasts, oil and salt and pepper the breasts and cook for 25-30 minutes in a 350 degree oven. When they are done, brush with the lemon-butter sauce and sprinkle liberally with cracked black pepper. Serve over noodles with extra sauce (if you have any!). 

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Baked Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings

Easy, crispy oven Baked Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings are simple to make and healthier than fried wings. Tangy, zesty, incredibly delicious and a perfect crowd pleaser for game day and parties!
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


  • 1.5 pounds bone-in chicken wings I used both wings and drumsticks
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste

lemon pepper sauce

  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • juice from 1/2 lemon about 3 tablespoons
  • 2 teaspoons honey


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and place a cooling rack on top of the foil.
  • Arrange chicken wings in a single layer (not touching) and brush with olive oil on both sides. Season generously with salt and pepper on both sides.
  • Bake for 25-35 minutes until crispy.
  • Whisk together butter, honey, cracked black pepper, and lemon juice. Brush onto chicken wings. Serve immediately.


This recipe as written makes 1.5 pounds chicken wings - for me this was about 16 wings. At 2-4 wings each, this would serve 4-6 people as an appetizer. 


Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 177mg | Potassium: 103mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 591IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
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My oven must be hotter than yours because I only had to bake them for 20 “ingredients” to get them crispy

Yes I would like to know if you have lemon pepper seasoning could you still use it like if it was salt and pepper seasoning.

I wish we’d made double

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