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Easy Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Wings

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Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Wings are simple to make with easy clean up. Just drop the ingredients in a bag, shake, and cook. Doesn’t get much easier than that!

Air fryer lemon pepper wings are an easy recipe that delivers big flavor with minimal fuss. We use pre-cut wingettes, lemon pepper seasoning, oil, salt, and a plastic bag.

Seriously, it’s such a simple recipe. Personally, I think it’s a little less labor intensive than our air fryer cabbage and air fryer tortilla chips, but that just my opinion.

Lemon pepper wings are perfect for a game day appetizer or weekend snack. They pair nicely with pepperoni pizza dip, cheese stuff breadsticks, or pimento cheese dip.

These chicken wings are crispy and perfectly cooked. All you need is your favorite dipping sauce, and you’re good to go!

Air fryer lemon pepper wings on a plate with ranch dressing.
Lemon pepper wings are perfect for a game day snack!

How to make Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Wings:

Start by preheating the air fryer. Some air fryers have multiple settings, so for this recipe I use the air fryer setting at 375°F for 16 minutes to start.

Place the wingettes into a gallon-sized Ziploc bag or a container with a closable lid. Add the lemon pepper seasoning, salt, and olive oil.

Close the bag, and give it a good shake. Make sure all the wingettes are evenly coated with seasoning.

Collage style photo showing the first steps of how to make air fryer lemon pepper wings.
Use a Ziploc bag for easy clean up.

After the air fryer preheats, place the wingettes into the basket in an even layer. It may be necessary to work in batches.

Cook the lemon pepper wings for about 8 minutes then flip them over to make sure the other side gets brown. Once the remaining time is up on the air fryer, flip the wings again.

Adjust the temperature to 400°F and cook the wings for an additional 5-6 minutes. During this 5-6 minutes, flip the wings once or twice to make sure the outsides get nice and crispy.

Collage photo showing how chicken wings look in an air fryer.
Make sure to flip the wings a few times to ensure they are crispy on all sides.

After the time is up, the wings are done! Serve them with your favorite sauces or dressings. One of our favorites is a simple Ranch dressing.

Leftover wings can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. They’re best reheated in a toaster oven or a conventional oven rather than in a microwave.

Top down photo of lemon pepper wings on a plate.
Serve the wings with your favorite dipping sauce and fresh celery.

What are chicken wingettes?

Wingettes are the middle or flat part of the chicken wing. Some supermarkets sell both wings and wingettes which have the wings separated into sections. The brand of wingettes we purchase include both the middle/flat portion and the drumette portion cut into two separate pieces.

If you can’t locate wingettes, purchase wings and separate the flat portion from the drumette portion.

How do you cook frozen wings in the air fryer?

We haven’t tried to cook frozen wings in the air fryer, but here’s a great recipe that shows how to make air fryer chicken wings (fresh or frozen).

Can you use buffalo sauce instead of lemon pepper?

Yes, most definitely! Buffalo sauce is one of our favorite sauces for wings. Simply coat the wings with salt and olive oil, and cook as directed.

While the wings cook, make the buffalo sauce (or used jarred). As soon as the wings finish cooking, toss them in your favorite buffalo sauce and enjoy!

What are some other chicken wing flavors?

Garlic Parmesan
BBQ Bourbon
Chipotle Lime
Honey BBQ
Teriyaki
Adobo
Jerk Seasoning
Nashville Hot

Can this recipe be doubled?

Yes, but you’ll need to work in batches so the chicken has plenty of room to cook.

Do you need to add baking powder to make the chicken wings crispy?

No, there’s no need to add baking powder to make these wings crispy. However, an aluminum-free baking powder sprinkled lightly over raw wings does help draw out moisture and crisp up chicken wings nicely.

A plate of chicken wings and ranch dressing.
The flavor variety of wings are endless.

Other air fryer recipes you may enjoy:

Don’t forget to check out our Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Wings web story!

Top down view of chicken wings on a plate.

Easy Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Wings

Yield: 1.5 Pounds
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Wings are simple to make with easy clean up. Just drop the ingredients in a bag, shake, and cook. Doesn't get much easier than that!

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ Pounds Chicken Wingettes
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons Lemon Pepper Seasoning
  • ¼ Teaspoon Salt, or more to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 375°F (use the air fryer setting if your model has multiple settings).
  2. Place the wingettes into a large zip bag. Add the olive oil, lemon pepper, and salt. Zip the bag closed, then shake to coat the wingettes.
  3. After the air fryer preheats, add the wingettes to the basket in a single layer. Cook for 16 minutes, flip/shake the wingettes halfway through. After 16 minutes, adjust the temperature to 400°F, and cook for an additional 5 minutes or until the wings are brown and crispy.
  4. Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauces.

Notes

*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of .25 pounds of wings or ⅙ of the recipe. Actual calories will vary.

*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: .25 Pound
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 307Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 110mgSodium: 860mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 28g

*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.

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