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Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Wings

These Lemon Pepper Air Fryer Wings are perfectly seasoned and crispy. They're so delicious and even better than Wingstop. These are so quick and easy in the air fryer!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer, chicken wings, lemon pepper
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 589kcal
Author: Briana

Ingredients

  • 2.5 pounds split chicken wings (fresh or frozen, we used frozen)
  • 4 teaspoons lemon pepper seasoning, divided (use any seasoning blend you prefer, just be mindful of the salt content)
  • 1.5 teaspoons kosher salt, divided (if you are using a lemon pepper seasoning with no salt added, use 2.5 teaspoons of salt) 
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 whole lemon, juice and zest
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley (optional)
  • Serve with: more fresh parsley, lemon slices or wedges, dipping sauce and veggies.

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F, and prepare your air fryer basket or trays. In a large bowl, toss the chicken wings with 2 teaspoons of lemon pepper seasoning, about half of the salt, and all of the garlic powder, followed by all of the avocado oil. Make sure to coat well.
  • Add wings in a single layer to the air fryer basket or trays. Air fry for 35-40 minutes, flipping halfway through until the wings are golden brown and crispy.
  • Meanwhile, melt butter in a sauce pan over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low, and add in the garlic. Stir constantly to cook the garlic for 7-10 minutes, then stir in minced parsley and remove from heat.
  • In a bowl, combine the garlic butter sauce with fresh squeezed lemon juice, the remaining salt, and lemon pepper seasoning.
  • In a separate large bowl, add the wings, and zest 1 whole lemon over top. Then, add the buttery garlic lemon pepper sauce to the wings, and toss to coat.
  • Serve with lemon wedges, your favorite dipping sauces, and veggies. Enjoy!
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the fridge. Reheat in the air fryer at 350°F.

Notes

  • Salt slowly and to taste. Depending on the lemon pepper seasoning you use, you may need to add more or less.
  • Both fresh and frozen wings work well here. We used frozen, there's no need to defrost! 
  • If you're using fresh chicken wings, be sure to dry the wings off really well with a paper towel before seasoning them.
  • You can probably skip the avocado oil (or olive oil) if you're using fresh wings if your air fryer has a non-stick tray or basket. 
  • Your air fryer basket or trays may need to be sprayed with oil to prevent sticking. 

Nutrition

Sodium: 990mg | Calcium: 46mg | Vitamin C: 5mg | Vitamin A: 1114IU | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 311mg | Cholesterol: 179mg | Calories: 589kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Fat: 51g | Protein: 29g | Carbohydrates: 3g | Iron: 2mg