These golden baked Lemon Pepper Wings are so easy and delicious! No messy deep fryer. Crisp on the outside, juicy on the inside, and ready in 30 minutes!
Prep Time: 10mins
Cook Time: 15mins
Total Time: 30mins
3 1/2teaspoonslemon pepper seasoning - divided
2tablespoonsfreshly squeezed lemon juice - plus additional lemon wedges for serving
1/4teaspoonground black pepper
Chopped green onion - for garnish
Place one rack in center of the oven and one in the upper third. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil. Lightly coat the rack with nonstick spray. Set a large mixing bowl on the counter.
With a paper towel, pat the wings dry. Trim off the wing tips and separate the drumette from the flat part of the wing: Start by cutting off the wing tip by wiggling your knife edge at the joint “soft spot.” It should separate fairly easily, but if not, put the blade in place, then carefully but firmly hit the top of your knife to apply extra pressure. Discard the trimmed tip. Cut the wing again, this time at second wing joint, slicing down through the skin to separate the small drumstick (drumette) from the flat portion of the wing. Again, feel for the “soft spot” and wiggle your knife as needed. Place the divided wings in the mixing bowl as you go.
Top the wings with the canola oil, honey, and 2 teaspoons lemon pepper seasoning. Stir to coat, then arrange the wings in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 12 to 18 minutes, until the wings are cooked through. The skin will start to shrink away from the ends of the bones, and the wing juices will run clear when pieced with a fork.
Move the pan to the upper third of the oven and turn the oven to broil. Broil for 2 to 3 minutes, until the wings darken and crisp a bit more. Do not walk away to make sure the wings do not burn.
While the wings bake, in a small, microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter. Add the wings to a large bowl, then top with the melted butter, lemon juice, black pepper, and remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon pepper. Stir to coat. Transfer the wings to a serving plate and sprinkle with chopped green onions. Enjoy hot.
Store leftover wings in the refrigerator for up to 1 day. To reheat, let the wings come to room temperature, then arrange them, skin-side up, on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Warm in a 350 degree F oven until heated through, about 5 to 7 minutes. To perk their flavor back up, squeeze additional fresh lemon juice over the top just before serving.