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Lemon Pepper Wings

These lemon pepper wings are ultra crispy! This recipe includes tips on how to perfectly grill, bake, and fry the perfect, extra-crispy chicken wing!


  • 1 quart canola oil, can sub vegetable oil
  • 3 lbs. chicken wings, uncooked (equal to 20 wings)
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 tbs Lemon pepper seasoning


  • Heat the canola oil in a dutch oven to 250-275 degrees, which is about medium-low. It should bubble gently when the chicken is added to it so adjust the heat accordingly as needed.
  • Use stainless steel tongs to carefully place the chicken wings, 6-7 at a time, into the heated oil. The temperature of the oil will drop temporarily when the chicken is added so give it a few minutes to rise back up.
  • The wings will cook slowly, which will maintain the moisture inside of the chicken and prevent them from becoming too dry. Cook for approximately 25-30 minutes, until the outside begins to brown slightly. Use the tongs to remove them from the oil and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to allow excess oil to drip off.
  • Let the wings cool completely. From here, you can freeze or refrigerate until ready to serve if not serving immediately. This is a helpful prep-ahead step.
  • Reheat the oil, but this time, increase the heat to just above medium, we want a 400 degree temperature here and a more rapid boil (though not too much, use caution as hot oil can splatter).
  • Carefully lower the wings back into the heated oil and boil in batches of 6-7 until crisp, about 10 minutes.
  • Remove them and place on another paper towel-lined plate.
  • Combine the melted butter and the lemon juice and use a pastry brush to brush each chicken wing with the mixture, then top with lemon pepper seasoning. 
  • The wings will absorb the lemon butter and will appear to be coated in a dry rub, making them easy to eat and cleaner to serve!


Calories: 541kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 44g, Fat: 38g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 185mg, Sodium: 176mg, Potassium: 411mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 355IU, Vitamin C: 7.6mg, Calcium: 35mg, Iron: 2.4mg