These lemon pepper wings are baked until crispy then basted with lemon pepper seasoning and melted butter. They’re an easy appetizer or dinner that’s as good or better as you can get in a restaurant!

I’ve lost count as to how many times I’ve made this lemon pepper wings recipe over the past three weeks.

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First, I took a batch down to my sister’s for a Packer game since wings are a perfect game day appetizer. And since we’re out for the season that should give you an indication that it’s been a little while! My dad proclaimed them to be the “best lemon pepper wings he’s ever had” so I knew they were a winner.

I made them a second time a few days later and my girls gobbled them up, too. So fast, in fact, that I never had a chance to get any pics!

This weekend was the big “30 inches of snow” storm so my parents stayed with me. That’s always a good reason for me to be cooking! Since my dad enjoyed these homemade lemon pepper wings so much the first time, I took the opportunity to make them again.

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If you love the lemon pepper flavor and crispy oven baked chicken wings, these are the lemon pepper wings for you! They’re just like fried chicken wings, with all the flavor but without the mess and extra steps.

Baked lemon pepper chicken wings just out of the oven with slices of lemon wedges on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper

Tips for making the best lemon pepper wings ever!

  1. Don’t use too much oil Use just enough oil to coat the wings but don’t drench them. They only need a light coating to help them get nice and crispy. Excess oil can also cause your oven to smoke.
  2. Don’t wash your chicken first Although many people disagree with me, there is a lot of evidence that shows you not only don’t need to wash your chicken wings first, but it could cause more harm than good. There are many articles written on the topic, so head to Google if you’re interested in learning more.
  3. Don’t pre-season your wings You don’t need to season your wings before baking them. Normally, I would never skip this step, but lemon pepper seasoning typically has plenty of salt. Pre-seasoning your chicken wings could result in them being too salty. If you’re using a low-salt lemon pepper seasoning, then go ahead and pre-season them in that case.
  4. Plate first, then baste Place the oven-baked wings on your serving platter before basting them with the lemon pepper sauce. That way you won’t lose any that happens to drip down.
  5. Use this baking method with other seasonings and sauces The method for baking chicken wings this way can be used with any number of other flavors. Buffalo chicken wings, Teriyaki, Spicy Balsamic & Honey, or even Korean chicken wings are all delicious. Or just substitute the lemon pepper seasoning for your favorite spice mix! This makes it easy to serve several different flavors at once for a family dinner or at a party.
  6. Use this baking method with other types of chicken You can also use this method with chicken thighs or drumsticks. I’ve made four different flavors at one time using chicken thighs, potatoes, and asparagus all on the same sheet pan for an easy one-pan meal!
  7. These lemon pepper wings are perfect as-is. But for a twist, add a little garlic powder or hot sauce to the lemon pepper sauce before basting. And if you really love lemon, you can give them a squeeze of fresh lemon juice just before serving.

These oven-baked lemon pepper chicken wings are on my permanent and frequent go-to recipe list from here on out. I know they’ll be on yours, too, as soon as you try just one!

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