When my daughter’s boyfriend said Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings were his favorite wing, I knew I had to make them for him.
So the more I got to know my daughter’s boyfriend, the more I asked questions about his favorite foods.
You know…to show him that I care 🙂
I really think that food is my love language.
If I love you, I show you by making your favorite food.
How to make Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings
The marinade that I came up with is very similar to my Sweet Lemon Chicken.
It’s fresh lemon juice, soy sauce, lemon pepper seasoning, brown sugar, and some crushed red pepper flakes.
For the marinade I squeezed three lemons right into a measuring cup to make sure I had half of a cup.
I figured why not just make the rest of marinade right in the measuring cup, one less dish to wash, right?!
Place four pounds of wings into a gallon size plastic bag along with the marinade.
Then place in the fridge to marinate several hours or overnight.
Putting the plastic bag in a bowl is good idea just in case of a leak.
Once you remove them from the marinade, sprinkle more lemon pepper seasoning on all sides.
We opted to smoke these wings, but they can for sure be baked as well.
If you bake them I recommend on a wire baking rack over a lined baking sheet for 45 minutes.
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If smoking them, set the smoker to 250 degrees and they take about two and a half hours.
Flip them halfway through…
And THIS is what you’ll see when they are ready!
A gorgeous golden lemony brown color that also smells amazing!
Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings were a hit for our Sunday Funday family dinner.
A little squeeze of lemon over top makes them extra lemony 🙂
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Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings
Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings are easy, yummy, and can be baked or smoked
- 4 pounds jumbo split chicken wings
- 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (approx 3 lemons)
- 2 1/2 Tbsps lemon pepper seasoning (plus more to sprinkle over top before cooking)
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 Tbsps brown sugar
- 1/2 Tbsp crushed red pepper flakes
- Optional: lemon wedge to squeeze over top before serving
Place the chicken wings in a gallon size plastic bag.
In a bowl whisk together the lemon juice, lemon pepper seasoning, soy sauce, brown sugar, and crushed red pepper flakes. Pour this mixture over the wings and massage the bag until evenly mixed.
Marinate in the fridge several hours or overnight.
Remove the chicken wings from the bag and discard remaining marinade. Sprinkle with lemon pepper seasoning. Cook according to one of these methods.
Smoker: Place the chicken wings in a smoker set to 250 degrees for two and a half hours. Flip them halfway through. Check the internal temp to make sure they are at 170 degrees before serving.
Oven: In the oven: Place wings on a lined baking sheet and put in a 400 degree oven for 45 minutes, flip them halfway through.
Seve with a squeeze of lemon over top if desired.