Crispy Oven-Baked Lemon-Pepper Chicken Wings


These crispy oven-baked chicken wings are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Baking powder helps to crisp up the skin in the oven—making them taste like they've been fried, but with less fat and calories. Tangy lemon and zesty pepper work together to add a balanced flavor profile to these easy wings.

Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins


  • 3 pounds chicken wings

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ tablespoons lemon zest, divided

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons ground pepper, divided

  • Lemon wedges for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil. Place an oven-safe wire rack on the prepared baking sheet; coat the rack with cooking spray. Pat wings dry and place in a medium bowl. Add oil and baking powder; toss to coat well. Add garlic powder, salt, 1 tablespoon lemon zest and 1 teaspoon pepper; toss well. Arrange the wings in an even layer on the prepared rack.

  2. Bake, flipping once, until the skin is crispy and a thermometer inserted into the thickest portion registers at least 165°F, about 1 hour.

  3. Transfer the wings to a clean bowl. Add the remaining 1/2 tablespoon lemon zest and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; toss well. Transfer the wings to a platter. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired.

    a recipe photo of the Crispy Oven-Baked Lemon-Pepper Chicken Wings on a platter served with lemons beside them
    Photographer: Jen Causey, Food Stylist: Chelsea Zimmer

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

262 Calories
18g Fat
2g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 262
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Protein 22g 44%
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 136mg 45%
Vitamin A 39IU 1%
Vitamin C 2mg 2%
Vitamin D 6IU 2%
Vitamin E 1mg 9%
Folate 9mcg 2%
Vitamin K 1mcg 1%
Sodium 443mg 19%
Calcium 128mg 10%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 21mg 5%
Potassium 244mg 5%
Zinc 2mg 18%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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