Crispy Lemon Pepper Wings have that slightly tart and peppery taste you’d expect from lemon pepper. Made in the air fryer, they’re super easy, crispy and low maintenance for your game day.
I am addicted to my air fryer. Who’s with me on this one? Almost everything I put in there comes out crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. I saw almost everything because those frozen fries just haven’t quite come out the way I hope every time I try to cook them. Even following the directions on the package. What’s up with that?
But wings? Wings I can cook easily. And they’re super crispy and delicious on the outside. They’re tender and juicy on the inside. It’s difficult not to eat the whole batch in one sitting. And I have no shame in admitting that I might have done that a time or two.
I’ve cooked chicken breasts, a whole chicken, pork chops, sausages, hot dogs, countless nuggets and tater tots. I’ve even used my air fryer to heat tortillas for tacos and melt the cheese on the tacos. Oh yeah and a garlic & herb rotisserie pork dinner. The whole dinner. In the air fryer. I think the next thing I’m going to try in these are some Cornish hens. Maybe on the rotisserie maybe not. Just have to see if I can manage that.
Initially, I was sort of skeptical about getting one. I mean, we have a convection oven. We have a countertop convection oven. What is so great about the “air fryer” anyway? Then the hubs suggested we get one for ourselves for Christmas last year and that was all she wrote.
At first, we started out with your typical frozen convenience foods. We bought nuggets and tater tots. Then we branched out to pizza rolls and egg rolls and snack foods. Finally, I searched Pinterest for how to cook things in the air fryer. Since then I’ve been cooking more and more in the air fryer.
I think my favorite is sausage. Bratwurst and Italian sausages and hot dogs. They get crispy on the outside and taste oh so juicy on the inside. Chicken is a bit tricky depending on how thick it is. I haven’t quite mastered the crispy outside, but I usually do skinless chicken so that might be the difference. I’m gonna brave trying some thighs I think in the next couple of weeks. And I’ll by trying the air fryer chicken parm again. That was delicious!
I put some green tomatoes in my CSA box this week. I want to try making some green tomatoes in there. And potentially making some keto ones, too. Dad loves fried green tomatoes. Something about growing up in the south does that to a person. But he’s no carb. So, I like to try and make recipes he can eat. Keto fried green tomatoes would be perfect! Using chicharrons, of course. I have a trick that I’m not going to share until the post. So, you’ll just have to stay tuned.
I’ve made a few things I haven’t shared yet. I have a sando I haven’t shared with you that uses the trick. There’s a schnitzel in the works, too. And I might just have to try a burger in there to see if I can do it. That might be a bit too much, though. We’ll just have to see.
I’ve mastered wings, though. In my air fryer that is. I know that all air fryers are different. They heat differently and cook food different. I want to preface that I have a LARGE air fryer. We have a 10-quart air fryer because it has a rotisserie option. We got spoiled with a counter top convection oven that did rotisserie chicken. I’ll have to do a post on that, too. I’m just making the list aren’t I?
This is why I say that almost everything is perfectly delicious in the air fryer. Frozen French fries suck. Even following the directions on the package, they suck. The fries come out burned on the edges and don’t taste crispy at all. They are soggy and just not appetizing! I need to work on learning how to make them for our air fryer.
So, while these wings are great in my air fryer, they might not work perfectly in yours.
In this case size does matter. If yours is smaller, you might want to try a lower temperature. When I started looking at air fryer recipes for wings, I tried one and realized that there was no way my wings would cook in that time. Just like the fries. I tried one set of directions for a chicken breast and was like, “There is NO WAY this breast is cooking in 20 minutes. I don’t care how high your air fryer goes!”
The Wingstop commercials inspired these wings. I have never been to one. There’s one up the street, but we are picky about our wings and order them from very few places. But those commercials make their wings look delicious. Which is the purpose of commercials. And they make me want to go in there for the lemon pepper wings. But I didn’t. I decided to make my own. In my air fryer.
I knew I had some lemon pepper in the drawer. It’s been in there for a while and just needed to using up. So, I did. I used the rest of the lemon pepper to sprinkle on the wings as they were cooking. And I combined the lemon pepper with butter to toss the wings in when they finished cooking. And oh my word these were scrumptious!
I had to taste one. You know how that goes. A sample to make sure they taste right, right? I’m not alone with this. They have that slightly tart and peppery taste you’d expect from lemon pepper. I tossed in some garlic salt and some sage to round out the flavors. Am I the only one that things sage belongs on all chicken and pork dishes? If I had poultry seasoning, I would have put a little in there, but I haven’t made any since I ran out.
There’s several of us sharing wing recipes today. With the start of football season, you can never have too many wing recipes. They’re perfect for tailgating or just because you want wings.
- 2 pounds wings
- 1 tablespoon lemon pepper
- 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
- 4 tablespoons butter, melted
- Separate the wing tips from the flats and drumettes. Save the wing tips for another use (broth or stock).
- Toss the flats and drumettes with 1 teaspoon lemon pepper.
- Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray (or canola oil).
- Arrange the wings in the air fryer on a single layer and spray with cooking spray (or canola oil).
- Cook at 390 for 10 minutes. Flip the wings and spray with cooking spray (or canola oil) and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
- Increase the temperature to 400 and cook for an additional 10 minutes flipping halfway through.
- Combine the butter with the remaining spices in a mixing bowl.
- When the wings are finished, tossed the wings with the spice mixture. Allow to cool 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
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Nutrition InformationYield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 567Total Fat 44gSaturated Fat 18gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 23gCholesterol 144mgSodium 1500mgCarbohydrates 16gFiber 1gSugar 0gProtein 26g
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