Lemon Pepper Wings

I miss Wingstop. I haven’t had it in a while and there isn’t one near me.

Well I mean the closest one is like 30 minutes away, I guess it’s not that far from me BUT I WANTED TO EAT WINGS IN THE COMFORT OF MY HOME WITHOUT HAVING TO LEAVE. So I decided to make some lemon pepper wings.

The flavour of these wings was amazing, and they were also so easy to make…so let’s make them.

The lemon pepper wings on a plate, after being garnished with parsley and lemon slices.

Video Tutorial

Breakdown of the process

Like I mentioned, these wings are very easy to make, but here’s a quick breakdown of what we are going to be doing:

  • Season your wings – you can leave these to marinate if you want. I didn’t, but if you have extra time, season your wings then leave them to marinate in your fridge.
  • Coat the wings – we’re going to use corn flour here (also known as corn starch).
  • Fry the wings – I double fried mine, I’ll talk more about this later.
  • Make the lemon pepper sauce
  • Coat your wings in this sauce – now they are ready to eat.
A close up of the lemon pepper wings on a plate, after being garnished with parsley and lemon slices.

The lemon pepper seasoning

The most important ingredient for this recipe is the lemon pepper seasoning.

You can’t have lemon pepper wings without lemon pepper.

I got mine from Amazon, it’s from a brand called ‘Badia’.

I had heard that lemon pepper seasoning is a little hard to find in the UK, so I tried looking for it…what I had heard was true. I couldn’t find it, so that’s why I got it from Amazon.

There are lot of recipes online for lemon pepper seasoning, and they all seem pretty simple, so if you wanted to you could make the lemon pepper seasoning yourself.

But I didn’t want to do the extra work, so I just bought it.

WARNING – lemon pepper seasoning can sometimes be quite salty, if you’re using a different brand, it might be saltier, or less salty than the one I used. So when it comes to the measurements of the salt, in the recipe card below, you might want to adjust this slightly. 

The raw chicken wings in a bowl, with the seasonings on the side.

The seasonings

For the rest of the seasonings, here’s what I used:

  • Olive oil – I don’t know if this is considered a seasoning, but I’m including it here.
  • Salt 
  • Chilli powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Black pepper

It is totally up to you what kind of seasonings you want to use though, you don’t have to use the same ones I did.

Even with the measurements, in the recipe card below I have included measurements for the seasonings, but you don’t need to follow them exactly.

We are cooking today, not baking, so you can play around with the recipe. Make these wings to your taste.

The wings on a wire rack, after being coated in corn flour.
The wings on a wire rack, after being fried.

Double frying the wings

I decided to double fry my wings for extra crispiness.

When I’m making any kind of fried chicken that is going to be coated in some kind of sauce, I like to double fry the chicken. Just so that sauce doesn’t make the chicken lose it’s crispiness.

This is completely optional though, you can just skip this step. 

If you are not double frying the wings, just fry them at 180c until they are cooked.

How to double fry them

If you are going to double fry them, let me explain how I did it.

So essentially, we’re going to fry the wings at a lower temperature until they are cooked. Then increase the temperature of your oil and fry them once more, until they become crispy.

I started by frying my wings, in batches, in some vegetable oil that was around 160c.

I fried them until they were cooked, this took around 8-10 minutes for me. But this time will vary depending on the size of your wings.

Once they were cooked, I took them out and left them on a wire rack so any excess oil could drain off.

I then increased the heat of my oil to 190c, and fried my wings again. This time just for a minute or 2, just until the wings became golden brown and crispy.

And now you have super crispy wings.

1 of the lemon pepper wings being held up.

The lemon pepper sauce

The last thing to make is the sauce.

I don’t know if it can be considered a sauce, it’s mainly just butter. But let’s just call it a sauce.

All you need to do is heat some butter, lemon juice, honey and a little more lemon pepper seasoning together.

The honey is optional, but it’s a nice addition I recommend adding it.

Just coat your wings in this AND THENNNN the wings are done, it’s time to dig in.

Here are some more chicken recipes I think you should try:

Lemon Pepper Wings

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Ingredients

  • 1 kg chicken wings, separated into drums and flats

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 teaspoons lemon pepper seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • 250 g corn flour

  • For the lemon pepper sauce:
  • 80 g unsalted butter

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1-2 tablespoons honey

  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon pepper seasoning

  • Extras:
  • Some vegetable oil to fry, or just any flavourless oil

  • Some parsley, to garnish (optional)

  • A few lemon slices, also to garnish (also optional)

Directions

  • In a large bowl, add your wings, along with the olive oil, lemon pepper seasoning, salt, chilli powder, garlic powder, onion powder and black pepper. Mix all this together.
  • Get one of your wings and dip this into your corn flour. Make sure your wing is fully covered in the flour, shake off any excess and then leave this on a wire rack.
  • Repeat this until you have coated all of your wings.
  • Frying your wings:
  • We're going to double fry our wings for extra crispiness. So heat up your oil until it reaches around 160c.
  • Fry your wings, in batches, until cooked. The timing will vary depending on the size of your wings, mine took around 8-10 minutes to cook.
  • Leave these on a wire rack so the excess oil can drain off.
  • Now increase your heat and heat the oil until it reaches around 190c.
  • Fry your wings again, also in batches, until they turn a deep golden brown colour and crispy.
  • Leave these on your wire rack again.
  • Making the lemon pepper sauce:
  • In a pot, add all the ingredient for the sauce. Heat these together until all the butter has melted. You could also just do this in a bowl, in your microwave.
  • Add your wings into a large bowl, then pour the sauce over them. Toss until the wings are all coated in the sauce. At this point, you can also sprinkle more lemon pepper seasoning onto the wings BUTTTT be careful because some lemon pepper seasoning can be very salty so you might not want to add more.
  • Now plate up, garnish with some parsley and lemon slices, then enjoy!
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