Crispy, juicy, and bursting with flavor – these Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings are a great prep head snack for game day!
Why We Love Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings
- Buffalo wings are delicious and totally my go-to sauce when making wings. But some lemon pepper wings in the mix are a great refresher for your mouth… they even taste great dipped in a little buffalo sauce.
- Clean up is SO easy! You can toss the marinade bag once you get the wings in the air fryer, and toss the foil bowl once everything has cooled.
- It’s really easy to make extra crispy wings in your air fryer! Cook as directed and then crisp up your wings after taking the foil bowl out of the basket.
Ingredients You’ll Need to Make Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings
Marinade/Sauce: This is where all the flavor comes from. I like the addition of basil, garlic powder, and onion powder to the lemon pepper seasoning to balance things out.
Chicken Wings: I used whole chicken wings this time around, but I usually use drumettes and paddles to make this recipe. If you want a good deal, get the whole wings and break them down yourself. Just cut off the wing tips and separate the drums and paddles.
How to Make Lemon Pepper Wings in an Air Fryer
STEP 1 Mix together the marinade ingredients in a bowl and then pour into a gallon-size Ziploc bag. Add in the wings and marinate for 1 hour to overnight in the fridge.
STEP 2 Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F (or the highest it will go). Once preheated, CAREFULLY line the basket with foil. Then pour everything in the Ziploc bag into the foil bowl.
STEP 3 Cook the wings for 15 minutes, flip them all over, and then cook for another 8 minutes. I like to sprinkle a little chopped parsley on top of the wings for garnish and serve them with some lemon wedges.
Tips & Tricks
- I like to use heavy duty foil to line my air fryer basket. It’s less likely to tear and let the sauce leak through. You could also use a double layer of regular foil. The foil bowl allows these wings to cook in the sauce and stay nice a juicy while getting tons of flavor cooked in.
- Want to skip the foil bowl? Place the wings into the air fryer basket using tongs. DO NOT pour the marinade in too. Then You’ll take about 5 minutes off the cooking time, because the wings crisp up much quicker this way.
- Store any leftover wings in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can also freeze them for 2-3 months.
- You can easily double or triple the lemon pepper marinade recipe to make wings for a crowd. You’ll need a couple of Ziploc bags instead of one though.
- This marinade is also delicious on chicken breasts and thighs for dinner!
Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Wings FAQ
What temperature do you cook wings in an air fryer?
High heat is the trick to get these wings crispy on the outside. I used 400 degrees F for this recipe. If your air fryer only goes to 390 degrees F, don’t worry! Just add 1 minute of coking time to each side.
Can you air fry wings with sauce on them?
You sure can. Just be sure to build a foil boil of the sauce to hang out in. You also want a sauce that has some olive oil or melted butter to help crisp up the chicken wings.
If you’re making traditional buffalo wings or using a sure with higher sugar content, you’ll want to air fry them and then toss in the sauce. Brown sugar, barbecue, or bourbon wing sauces can burn if the sugars over caramelize in the air fryer.
Other Recipes You May Like
- Air Fryer Chicken Tenders
- Lemon Parmesan Air Fryer Broccoli
- Grilled Cajun Chicken Wings
- Mississippi Sin Dip
- Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies
Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings
- Whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, lemon pepper, dried basil, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder together in a bowl.
- Pour the marinade into a gallon-size Ziploc bag and add in the chicken wings. Seal the bag and rub the marinade all over the wings. Marinate for at least 1 hour to overnight in the fridge.
- Preheat the air fryer and basket to 400 degrees F and Line the bottom and sides of the air fryer basket with aluminum foil to create a bowl. (Add the aluminum foil after the air fryer has been preheated, but be careful as it will be hot!)
- Pour everything in the Ziploc bag into the makeshift foil bowl and cook for 15 minutes. Then flip over wings and cook for another 8 minutes.
- Once the chicken’s internal temperature has reached 165 degrees F, remove the wings from the air fryer. Serve warm sprinkled with chopped parsley or cilantro if desired.