Deliciously crisp wings with a punchy seasoning, these Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Wings will quickly become your new obsession. They’re quicker and tastier than you can find in any restaurant!
Air fryer lemon pepper wings are a must!
If you’re not from the US, you might not have heard of lemon pepper wings before. But I promise you once you have tried them you will want to keep making them!
Wingstop is a popular fast food chain in the US with a few restaurants in large cities here in the UK. One of their most popular seasonings for wings and fries is lemon pepper.
Whether you have been to Wingstop or not, I recommend you give these wings a try. They are so simple to make in your air fryer and very tasty!
Why cook chicken wings in the air fryer?
In my opinion chicken wings have to be crispy. Cooking them on the BBQ is a great way to get them deliciously crisp, but this isn’t an option to everyone year round.
Cooking chicken wings in the oven does result in tasty wings, but they tend to take a while and always seem to lack something. Deep frying wings will provide the crisp skin, but isn’t most people’s go-to cooking preference.
That’s where air fryer chicken wings come in! They’re quick to cook and have the most perfectly crisp skin which is everything you need from a wing.
Once you have air fried chicken wings I highly doubt you will cook them another way!
what is lemon pepper seasoning?
If you’re not from America, you may not be very familiar with lemon pepper seasoning. It is a very popular seasoning in the US and is gradually becoming more popular and well known outside of the states.
Although here in the UK we are seeing lemon pepper appearing on menus at places such as Wingstop, it still isn’t widely available in supermarkets. I prefer to make my own lemon pepper seasoning because it is so tasty and cheaper than buying it online.
If you really don’t want to make your own, you can of course buy it. You made need to adjust the quantities for the wings below as all seasonings can vary.
how to prepare chicken wings
Depending on where you buy your chicken wings from they will either already have the tips removed or come with them intact.
If they still have the wing tips, use a sharp knife to cut through the joint at the end of the wing tip. You can either save these to make chicken stock or put them in the bin.
The next stage depends on personal preference. You can absolutely cook the chicken wings with the drums and flats still connected.
Personally, I like to cut through the joint that connects them to separate the drum from the flat. If you choose to do this, check over where you cut and remove any small loose pieces of bone.
do you need to preheat an air fryer?
If your air fryer does require preheating, check the chicken wings a few minutes sooner than the recipe states. If your air fryer is warm, food is likely to cook a few minutes faster.
Also if you are cooking wings in batches, the wings will cook quicker when the air fryer is already warm. So check any additional batches a few minutes earlier as they are likely to cook slightly quicker.
can you use an air fryer liner?
Air fryer liners are a great time saving addition because they are usually easier to wash than the basket of your air fryer.
Most reusable air fryer liners are silicone and although they are handy to have, I wouldn’t recommend using them for all recipes.
I wouldn’t recommend using an air fryer liner when cooking chicken wings. You want them to be as crisp as possible and a liner would just get in the way of this.
They would take longer to get to the level of crispness wanted and you could risk the chicken becoming a little dry.
I’ve written a whole post on whether you should use an air fryer liner, check it out for more information.
how many chicken wings can you cook at once?
This depends on the size of your air fryer basket. I have two air fryers and it goes without saying that I can cook less wings in my 3.7L air fryer than my 10.4L air fryer.
However big your air fryer is, just make sure that you don’t over crowd it and try to cook too many wings at once.
It isn’t the end of the world if you overcrowd your basket, but the wings will take longer to cook and possibly won’t have the same even crispness than if you’d cooked fewer wings.
how to serve air fryer lemon pepper wings
These wings would be perfect to serve at a party or buffet. Any of my air fryer potato recipes would be great served alongside these wings.
other recipes you might like
- Korean Chicken Wings
- Homemade Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets
- Air Fryer Chicken Fajitas
- Simple Air Fryer Whole Roast Chicken
- Air Fryer Chicken Tikka
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Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Wings
Deliciously crisp wings with a punchy seasoning, these Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Wings will quickly become your new obsession. They're quicker and tastier than you can find in any restaurant!
- 400 g chicken wings
- 1 tsp sunflower oil
- 1-2 tsp lemon pepper seasoning
Remove the wing tips from 400g chicken wings
Separate each double wing into flats and drums by carefully cutting through the joint. Check over each wing for any loose pieces of bone and remove
Preheat your air fryer if required
Add the wings to a bowl along with 1 tsp sunflower oil and 1-2 tsp lemon pepper seasoning. Toss until the wings are evenly coated
Place the chicken wings in your air fryer making sure you allow space for the air to circulate. You may need to cook the wings in batches depending on the size of your air fryer
Air fry the wings at 200°C for 10-15 minutes. Depending on their size they will be cooked after 10-11 minutes so cook for longer to get them as crisp as you like
If you want to cook more chicken wings, cook them in batches and then add them all back to the air fryer to reheat.
Nutritional information is given as a guide only and may vary.