Updated: Aug 17, 2020
What’s your favorite part of the chicken wing? Are you team flats or team drums? I am personally team flats because to me...it’s the best part of the chicken wing. I am team flats and my favorite flavor is lemon pepper. If you have followed my blog for a while, then you know that I love to make things from scratch and my seasonings are no exception. Below is the recipe on how to make lemon pepper seasoning for the best fried lemon pepper chicken wings. They are truly finger licking good!
To make the lemon pepper seasoning
8-9 fresh lemons
2 1/2 teaspoons of kosher salt
3 1/2 teaspoons of black pepper
Preheat your oven on 170 degrees.
Zest 5 or 6 lemons and spread out the zest on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Place the zest in the oven for about 20 mins until the zest is completely dried out.
Place the zest in a bowl with the salt and pepper and crush a bit with your fingers so the seasonings marry together.
How to prepare the chicken wings
1.5 lb of chicken wingettes
1/2 cup of flour
1 1/2 teaspoon of lemon pepper seasoning
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
Clean your chicken wings and place in a large bowl. Drizzle the wings with olive oil and sprinkle 1 1/2 teaspoons of the lemon pepper seasoning.
Place flour in a tupperware bowl and add the 1 teaspoon of the lemon pepper seasoning and garlic powder. Place a few pieces of the chicken at a time to the bowl and top with the lid and shake until the chicken is fully coated. Repeat until all the chicken is coated.
Heat peanut oil in a deep fryer or a cast iron skillet to 375 degrees.
Once the oil is hot, fry the chicken until golden brown. Place on paper towel lined plate.
How to make the Lemon Butter
1 stick of salted butter
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
4 tablespoons of lemon juice
Melt stick of butter in a microwavable bowl.
Add seasonings to the hot butter
Toss the hot chicken into the lemon butter and sprinkle remaining lemon pepper seasoning if you want more lemon flavor. Serve immediately.