Lemon Pepper Dry Rub Chicken Wings have just the right amount of flavoring and they are baked until perfectly crisp! The lemon pepper flavor is a winning combination that everyone will love!
I fondly remember the days when I’d come home from a 4-hour dance practice and devour a plate of fried chicken. Mom’s fried chicken was probably my favorite meal.
I’d come home at 9:00 at night, mom would warm up a plate of chicken and potatoes (fried of course) and I would hungrily down the entire plate without ever worrying about my hips. Ah, those were the days.
I cannot tell you the last time I had fried chicken. It is probably still one of my favorite meals, but I just can’t eat that way anymore, I have to think about things like cholesterol. I don’t eat fried chicken wings that often either. Good thing, baked wings taste amazing!
Good thing, baked wings taste amazing, especially these Lemon Pepper Dry Rub Chicken Wings!
What Are Lemon Pepper Dry Rub Chicken Wings?
Lemon pepper dry rub chicken wings are coated in a blend of seasonings that include a blend of black peppercorns, salt, and fresh lemon zest. This spice mixture is rubbed all over individual pieces of wings to maximize the flavor.
Dry rub chicken wings are just as delicious as their saucy counterparts. And if it’s sauce you are craving, these wings can be served your favorite wing or dipping sauce on the side.
How To Make Lemon Pepper Dry Rub Wings
For this recipe, I use a 2lb bag of frozen chicken pieces that have been thawed, rinsed and patted dry. I usually just by the bagged wings from my local Kroger; sometimes I use the drummettes as well. Just make sure they have thawed completely.
Toss the wings with a little fresh lemon juice and vegetable oil. The lemon juice will add the tangy flavor that you MUST have when you serve “lemon pepper” anything! The juice and the oil together will help the seasoning adhere to the chicken skin.
Note-you could use olive oil to coat your wings, but the taste might overpower the seasoning, where vegetable oil is pretty mild in comparison.
Now for the spice mixture, in a small bowl, mix together a peppercorn mixture, fresh lemon zest, and salt. I used Private Selection Pepper Rub (comes in a little tin). The blend contains a good variety of peppers The rub has several types of pepper mixed in for your which will season these wings and give them the exact right amount of spice!
You could easily buy a lemon pepper seasoning mix. But having the bright flavor of the fresh lemon zest and the lemon juice really makes a difference in these wings!
Arrange your wings in a single layer on a baking sheet. It is REALLY important that they are baking in a single layer to ensure even cooking for all the wings.
The wings take about 45 minutes total to bake up golden and crisp!
I like to serve these with a garlic aioli sauce that takes minutes to whip up. The sauce is cool, creamy and is the perfect compliment to the lemon pepper dry rub!
These wings are better than fried chicken for sure and they taste better than any restaurant wing too!
Lemon pepper dry rub is not for wings only! Lemon pepper dry rub salmon, lemon pepper dry rub pork, chicken breast, turkey, shrimp, and ribs would all exceptionally delicious!
- 2 lb bag of wings
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons pepper rub (Private Selection)
- 2 tablespoons lemon zest
- 2 ½ teaspoons salt
- Garlic Aioli
- ⅓ cup mayo
- ½ teaspoon lemon juice
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray and top with a baking rack; spray the baking rack and set aside.
In a large bowl, toss together the wings, oil, lemon juice, pepper rub, lemon zest and salt. Arrange wings on a single layer over the baking rack. Bake wings for 30 minutes, turn them over and bake another 15 or until crispy.
In a small bowl, mix together the mayo, lemon juice, garlic, salt and olive oil. Serve with the wings.
Nutrition InformationYield 24
Amount Per Serving Calories 158Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 33mgSodium 412mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 7g