The Best Lemon Pepper Wings

The Best Lemon Pepper Wings

The Best Lemon Pepper Wings


Homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning!

Do you love Lemon Pepper Wings? Look no further than this crispy, juicy and buttery recipe! These chicken wings have got crunch, tang and serious flavour! Plus I am going to show you exactly how I make my own Homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning.

I am a serious chicken wing fan and I can’t wait to share all my chicken wing recipes with you! For today it begins with my delicious Lemon Pepper Wings Recipe. If you like lemon and good old black pepper you will love this recipe! Stay on the lookout for new wing recipes every Wednesday!

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lemon pepper chicken wings

The first time I tried these lemon pepper wings was at Wing Stop and I fell in love! Before this I never really knew what all the fuss was about. My go to was always buffalo, garlic parmesan or any kind of Kentucky fried chicken style and anything with spice or chilli! This copy cat Wing Stop recipe is oh my gosh good – seriously give it a try!

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I just fell in love with this flavour, it is citrusy, peppery and super flavourful!

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What do i need?

  • Chicken wings – the main ingredient here you will need are some fresh chicken wings. You should cut them into drums and flats.
  • Lemons and lots of them! You will need lemon juice and zest and plenty of it if you decide to make your own lemon pepper seasoning.
  • Unsalted butter will form the base of the Lemon Pepper Butter we will be making to coat the crispy wings in.
  • You will need your favourite Lemon Pepper Seasoning. I have made my own which I highly recommend you try. I have never found any in the UK supermarkets. If you have a coffee grinder and an oven or dehydrator; why not make your own using my recipe and method below.
  • For the lovely Lemon Pepper Butter you will also need fresh parsley and honey.

The Lemon Pepper Seasoning

In the UK I find it quite difficult to find certain seasonings in the supermarket. It is very rare for me to find a seasoning like lemon and pepper seasoning. The easiest and best solution is to simply make your own. If you have a spice or coffee grinder then the process is very simple and worth the extra effort! Plus I am going to tell you exactly how I make mine! My recipe is inspired by fellow food blogger The Grubs Works Kitchen you can find him on instagram! His recipe inspired me to finally make my own and I do not regret it and neither will you!

You will need the following:

  • The zest of 6 large organic lemons – use organic lemons if you can. Some lemons are waxed and/or covered in pesticides and chemicals which are best avoided. Whatever you do be sure to wash your lemons thoroughly! My local Lidl sells organic lemons at the moment.
  • 4 tbsp black peppercorns;
  • 1 tablespoons of granulated garlic I use the Costco packs pictured below. You can also use garlic powder;
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped onion – I use chopped onion from Costco as I find its fresher and gives better results than onion powder.
  • 1 tablespoon of salt – I used a good quality pink Himalayan salt.

To make simply follow these simple steps!

  1. Zest 6 large lemons using a grater and dehydrate the lemon zest. If you don’t have a dehydrator like me you can use an oven at 75 C degrees for 30 minutes.
  2. Add the peppercorns to a spice grinder and pulse until you have your desired consistency.
  3. Once the lemon zest is ready add the zest and the rest of the ingredients to the spice mill and pulse a couple of times more or until you have your desired consistency.

VOILA you have homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning! This seasoning is great with chicken and fish and seafood!

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The Lemon Pepper Butter

This recipe is for wet lemon pepper wings not dry. I love all chicken wings, dry and wet – but Lemon Pepper wings are best served crispy with a nice buttery coating! If you agree you will love this recipe! If you don’t you should still try this recipe because its that good 😉

For the butter that we will coat the wings in, you will need:

  • 100 grams of unsalted butter;
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice;
  • lemon pepper seasoning 1 teaspoon;
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest;
  • 1 teaspoon honey; and
  • 1 teaspoon of freshly chopped parsley!

To make this delicious butter all you need to do is:

  1. Melt the butter in a frying pan on medium heat. Add the lemon juice, zest and seasoning.
  2. Mix everything together while stirring add the honey and parsley.
  3. Once all the butter has melted and everything is well combined it’s ready – usually about 3 minutes.
lemon pepper butter

Tips & Tricks

  • Dry your chicken thoroughly after washing. This will help your wings crisp up better, whether you are baking or frying them.
  • Separate your wings into drums and flats. This will allow you to have more wings and to place the wings flat for baking allowing them to crisp up better.
  • Use medium heat when making the lemon butter, so you do not burn or brown the butter.
  • If you have a large metal bowl, these are the best bowls to toss wings and sauce in just how they do in Wing Stop! I love watching them toss wings in these bowls!!!

FlavOil – High Oleic Sunflower Oil

For this recipe I used one of my new favourite oils I recently discovered on instagram. Flavoil is a high oleic sunflower oil perfect for cooking and marinades.

I fried my chicken wings in Flavoil. A less calorific and much lighter oil which is odourless and almost tasteless. The result is very impressive the chicken wings were not greasy and did not have the fried oil taste at all. I have been really impressed by this oil.

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lemon pepper wings

Serving Suggestions –

Serve these Lemon Pepper Wings at your next party or bring them to your next cook out to impress your friends and family. They are the perfect party food, like any chicken wing recipe. These wings are perfect for everyone as they are not spicy just yummy!

I like to serve my wings with a tangy ranch dip. This Garlic Yogurt Sauce recipe is a tasty dipping sauce for many different chicken recipes!

Looking for more wings?

Check out my Chilli & Lime Wings recipe; or

My Garlic and Parmesan Wings recipe – You will not be disappointed!

The Best Lemon Pepper Wings

Crispy, tangy, peppery goodness! These Lemon Pepper Wings are the!
Servings 2 people
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • Large metal bowl
  • Mixing bowls
  • Chopping board
  • Sharp knife
  • Meat cleaver
  • Grill rack
  • oven
  • Small frying pan
  • Deep heavy base pot


Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings

  • 20 separate chicken wings drums and flats
  • ½ cup plain flour
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp all purpose seasoning
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp lemon pepper

Lemon Pepper Butter

  • 100 g unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice half the juice of a lemon
  • 1 tbsp lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1 tsp lemon zest quarter of a lemon
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp parsley


Chicken Wings

  • Wash the chicken wings and dry thoroughly using a kitchen towel.
  • Separate your wings cutting them along the joint to separate to drums and flats.
  • To a bowl add the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper if using. Mix everything together.
  • To another bowl add the dry and prepped wings together with the all purpose seasoning, paprika and lemon pepper seasoning. Mix together until well combined and leave to marinate.
  • Coat the seasoned wings in the seasoned flour before either placing them in a pre-heated 180°C/350°F pot of oil to fry for about 10 – 12 minutes. Or 6 minutes frying and 8 minutes in the oven at 180°C.
  • Alternatively, you can lay them on a baking sheet and bake them at 180°C for 20-30 minutes.

Lemon Pepper Butter

  • In a small frying pan on medium heat add the butter and allow to melt a little before adding the lemon juice, zest and seasoning.
  • Mix everything together before adding the honey and some chopped parsley while continuing to stir.
  • Once all the butter has melted and everything is well combined it's ready – usually about 3 minutes.
  • In a large metal bowl add your cooked wings and butter and tossed until well combined!


  • Separate your wings into drums and flats for a better cooking experience. The wings will cook faster and produce a crunchier finish.
  • Do not over season you want the lemon pepper season to shine through and not be overwhelmed with other flavours.
  • Marinate the chicken wings overnight to allow the marinade to penetrate through the chicken skin. 
  • Cook in the oven at 180 °C for 30-40. The wings should be a light golden brown colour. 
  • In a deep heavy pot heat some sunflower oil until 180°C/350°F
  • Fry the chicken wings in batches of no more than 10 to avoid over crowding or cooling the oil too much.
  • Fry the wings for about 10 minutes or until 180°F /82°C if you have a meat thermometer.
Author: Daniel Devereux
Cost: £5
Course: Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken, fried, Party food, Savoury, Wings

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