Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Wings

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If you’re looking for a classic chicken wing flavor that is easy to make, you’ve got to make air fryer lemon pepper wings.

Ready in no time at all and with a crispy outer finish, these zesty, meaty wings are great for dipping and make a nice appetizer or snack for the big game!

lemon pepper chicken wings in bowl on wooden board with sauce behind
Air fryer lemon pepper wings – a classic wing flavor!

Recipe Tips

Before you sprint to the kitchen to make these lemon pepper wings in the air fryer, read through these recipe tips so that you know what to expect!

  • It’s best to use split wings – aka drumettes and wingettes. The size of the wings will influence cooking time.
  • The spice blend on these wings is a classic lemon pepper seasoning which can be found at many grocery stores. We don’t usually add any additional seasoning, but if your lemon pepper seasoning doesn’t contain much salt and you like it salty, you can add an additional sprinkle of salt.
  • When making these wings, watch them towards the end of the cooking time. You want the wings to be fully cooked through but burning the outside of the wing. A little charring is tasty and normal – too much is just burnt.
  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer when cooking chicken wings. Otherwise they might not get as crispy as they could. If you can’t fit 1 pound of chicken wings into your air fryer without overlap, cook them in two batches.

We use this air fryer for our recipes and it has been great.

Step by Step Instructions

For the complete steps on how to make lemon pepper air fryer wings, you can follow the recipe instructions with process photos in this section.

This way you can see just how we made ours.

If you’d like to get started making air fryer lemon pepper wings and don’t like visuals, scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom of this post!

dry spices on raw chicken wings in silver bowl
Add the wings, oil, and lemon pepper seasoning to a bowl.

Optional first step: Take the chicken wings (separated drumettes and wingettes) and pat them dry with a paper towel if they are overly wet.

If the fresh wings don’t have much excess moisture, you can skip this step.

Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Meanwhile, place the raw wings in a mixing bowl and add in the oil as well as the lemon pepper seasoning.

raw chicken wings in silver mixing bowl covered in yellow spice
Make sure the wings are evenly coated.

Toss everything until the wings are evenly coated.

raw chicken wings in black air fryer tray
Add the chicken wings to the preheated air fryer.

Once the air fryer is heated, place the coated wings into the air fryer tray.

Ensure that the wings are in one single layer – this will help them crisp and cook evenly.

If your air fryer is too small for this amount of wings, air fry them in two batches.

cooked chicken wings in black air fryer tray on counter
The chicken wings will get crispy in the air fryer.

Cook the chicken wings for a total of 16-18 minutes until fully cooked. Flip the wings over halfway through cooking time.

The exact cooking time can vary since it depends on your air fryer and the size of the wings.

lemon pepper wings in bowl with dipping sauce on wooden board
These lemon pepper wings are ready for dipping!

Once the wings are cooked through and have a crispy finish, remove them from the air fryer and place them into a bowl.

You can serve them as is or with a dipping sauce, like ranch or blue cheese dressing!

Storage Tips

If you have leftover air-fried lemon pepper wings, you can toss them in a sealed container and place them in the fridge. They’ll last for up 3 days like this.

The moisture of the fridge will make them lose their crispiness so we recommend reheating them in the air fryer. You can also eat them cold!

Related Recipes

If you liked these lemon pepper wings, here are some other tasty air fryer chicken wing recipes that are sure to entice the taste buds!

lemon pepper wings in bowl with dipping sauce on wooden board

Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings are zesty, crispy, and delicious! Easy to make with some fresh chicken wings and a little seasoning, these wings make a great appetizer or game-day snack!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken wings (drumettes and wingettes)
  • 2 teaspoons avocado oil
  • 2-3 teaspoons lemon pepper seasoning
  • dipping sauce of choice (optional)

Instructions

  1. Take the chicken wings (separated drumettes and wingettes) and pat them dry with a paper towel if they are overly wet. If the fresh wings don't have much excess moisture, you can skip this step.
  2. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Meanwhile, place the raw wings in a mixing bowl and add in the oil as well as the lemon pepper seasoning. Toss everything together until the wings are evenly coated.
  4. Once the air fryer is heated, place the coated wings into the air fryer tray. Ensure that the wings are in one single layer - this will help them crisp and cook evenly. If your air fryer is too small for this amount of wings, air fry them in two batches.
  5. Cook the chicken wings for a total of 16-18 minutes until fully cooked. Flip the wings over halfway through cooking time. The exact cooking time can vary since it depends on your air fryer and the size of the wings.
  6. Once the wings are cooked through and have a crispy finish, remove them from the air fryer and place them into a bowl. You can serve them as is or with a dipping sauce, like ranch or blue cheese dressing!

Notes

  • We usually don't add any additional salt to the wings since the lemon pepper seasoning we use already contains enough. Depending on how salty the seasoning you are using is and how salty you like your food, you can add an additional sprinkle of salt.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 411Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 1263mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 20g

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice. The exact values can vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

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