Appetizers, Wings

Honey Lemon Pepper Wings

Welcome back to another finger-lickin’ adventure in the world of flavor. Today, we’re diving into a classic crowd-pleaser that never fails to tantalize the taste buds – Honey Lemon Pepper Wings. Get ready to embark on a journey of crispy, sticky, zesty goodness that’ll have you reaching for seconds (and maybe even thirds!).

Picture this: succulent chicken wings, perfectly crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, coated in a luscious blend of honey, lemon, and pepper. It’s a symphony of flavors that’ll make your mouth water just thinking about it. Whether you’re hosting a game day gathering, a backyard barbecue, or simply craving a satisfying snack, these wings are the answer to your culinary dreams. Trust me, once you’ve tried them, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds chicken wings
  • 3 tablespoons potato starch
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • Oil spray

For the Honey Lemon Pepper Sauce:

  • ½ cup honey
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup lemon juice (or more to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1-2 teaspoons ground pepper
  • Pinch of salt

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Step-by-Step Guide:

  • Preheat your oven to 450°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Pat dry the chicken wings with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
  • In a large bowl, combine potato starch, baking powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika. Toss the chicken wings in the mixture until evenly coated.
  • Place the coated wings on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer, ensuring they’re not touching.
  • Lightly spray the wings with oil to help them crisp up in the oven.
  • Bake the wings at 450°F for 35-40 minutes, flipping them halfway through to ensure even cooking.
  • While the wings are baking, prepare the Honey Lemon Pepper Sauce. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine honey, lemon zest, lemon juice, minced garlic, butter, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 3-5 minutes until the sauce thickens slightly.
  • Once the wings are cooked through and crispy, transfer them to a large bowl.
  • Pour the Honey Lemon Pepper Sauce over the wings and toss until evenly coated.
  • Serve hot and enjoy the deliciousness!

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Expert Tips and Tricks:

  • For extra crispy wings, try drying them in the refrigerator uncovered for a few hours before coating them with the starch mixture.
  • Adjust the amount of lemon juice and pepper in the sauce to suit your taste preferences.
  • For a smoky twist, grill the wings instead of baking them in the oven.

Variations:

  1. Spicy Honey Lemon Pepper Wings: Add a dash of hot sauce or cayenne pepper to the sauce for an extra kick.
  2. BBQ Honey Lemon Pepper Wings: Brush the wings with your favorite barbecue sauce before tossing them in the honey lemon pepper sauce.
  3. Teriyaki Honey Lemon Pepper Wings: Substitute soy sauce for the butter in the sauce and add a splash of rice vinegar for an Asian-inspired flavor.
  4. Maple Honey Lemon Pepper Wings: Swap out the honey for maple syrup for a sweet and savory twist.
  5. Cajun Honey Lemon Pepper Wings: Season the wings with Cajun seasoning before coating them with the starch mixture.
  6. Garlic Parmesan Honey Lemon Pepper Wings: Toss the wings with grated Parmesan cheese and minced garlic before adding the sauce.
  7. Orange Honey Lemon Pepper Wings: Use orange juice and zest instead of lemon for a citrusy twist.
  8. Thai Chili Honey Lemon Pepper Wings: Add chopped Thai chili peppers to the sauce for a spicy-sweet flavor.
  9. Honey Mustard Lemon Pepper Wings: Combine honey, Dijon mustard, and lemon juice for a tangy twist on the classic sauce.
  10. Chipotle Honey Lemon Pepper Wings: Stir in minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce to the sauce for a smoky, spicy flavor.

What to Serve With:

  1. Crispy French Fries
  2. Creamy Coleslaw
  3. Fresh Veggie Sticks with Ranch Dip
  4. Garlic Bread
  5. Macaroni and Cheese
  6. Grilled Corn on the Cob
  7. Potato Salad
  8. Avocado Salsa
  9. Cornbread
  10. Grilled Vegetables

Freezing Instructions:

  1. Allow the cooked Honey Lemon Pepper Wings to cool completely to room temperature.
  2. Arrange the wings in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Place the baking sheet in the freezer and flash freeze the wings for 1-2 hours, or until they are firm.
  4. Once frozen, transfer the wings to a freezer-safe container or resealable plastic bag.
  5. Label the container with the date and store in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Reheating Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  2. Remove the desired amount of wings from the freezer and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Bake the wings in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until heated through and crispy.
  4. While the wings are reheating, prepare the Honey Lemon Pepper Sauce by warming it in a saucepan on the stovetop over low heat.
  5. Once the wings are heated through, toss them in the warmed sauce until evenly coated.
  6. Serve immediately and enjoy the deliciousness!

Honey Lemon Pepper Wings

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 30 minutesCook time: 40 minutesRest time: 40 minutesTotal time: minutesServings:4 servingsCalories:300 kcal Best Season:Summer

Ingredients

  • For the Honey Lemon Pepper Sauce:

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 450°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Pat dry the chicken wings with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
  2. In a large bowl, combine potato starch, baking powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika. Toss the chicken wings in the mixture until evenly coated.
  3. Place the coated wings on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer, ensuring they’re not touching.
  4. Lightly spray the wings with oil to help them crisp up in the oven.
  5. Bake the wings at 450°F for 35-40 minutes, flipping them halfway through to ensure even cooking.
  6. While the wings are baking, prepare the Honey Lemon Pepper Sauce. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine honey, lemon zest, lemon juice, minced garlic, butter, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 3-5 minutes until the sauce thickens slightly.
  7. Once the wings are cooked through and crispy, transfer them to a large bowl.
  8. Pour the Honey Lemon Pepper Sauce over the wings and toss until evenly coated.
  9. Serve hot and enjoy the deliciousness!
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