How to Easily Bake Lemon Pepper Wings

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Culinary references commonly cite the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, N.Y., as the birthplace of chicken wings as a bar snack. Original-style Buffalo wings are deep-fried and coated in a mixture of hot pepper sauce and butter, but over the years, inventive chefs and fast-food chicken wing franchises have deployed dozens of flavor variations. Cooks at one chicken wing retailer deep-fry its popular lemon-pepper chicken wings before tossing them in a flavored sauce. You can enjoy a similar lemon pepper treat at home by using your oven -- no deep fryer required.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Rinse the chicken wings in cold water and drain them on paper towels.

Step 3

Dip the chicken wings in butter or olive oil, shake off the excess and then coat them in lemon pepper seasoning.

Step 4

Arrange the wings in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet.

Step 5

Bake the wings for 30 minutes or until crispy. For extra-crispy wings, finish them for a few minutes under the broiler.

Step 6

Serve the wings with ranch dressing or other dipping sauce of your choice.

Things You'll Need

  • 12 chicken wings, separated at the joint, wing tips removed

  • 4 tbsp. melted butter or olive oil

  • 4 tbsp. lemon pepper seasoning

  • Baking sheet

Tip

For extra-lemony wings, punch up the lemon pepper seasoning with a couple of tablespoons of minced lemon zest.

Add minced green onion or chives to the seasoning mixture for a piquant, colorful variation.

Warning

Thoroughly clean with any surface that comes in contact with uncooked chicken to prevent food-borne illness.

Use a meat thermometer to determine when the chicken reaches the safe temperature of 165 degrees F.

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