Lemon-Pepper Baked Chicken Wings For the Party buffet or just a nice lunch item.
In the article “Tips For Healthy Holiday Eating” that I shared a couple of days ago, I mentioned that while the hot and spicy chicken wings in a sauce or glaze are a big hit at the buffet style party it is always nice if we can consider our gluten-Free Friends and add things to the buffet that they can eat with out standing out in a crowd.
These spicy baked chicken wings are perfect for Holiday parties or anytime you need to whip up a casual, yet delicious, appetizer or snack.
Making your own homemade flavored seasonings is the first step. It can be fun finding the perfect balance of flavors because individual tastes vary so widely.
The proportions shared here are a nice starting point that you can add to and adjust to make it your own. The whole black peppercorns impart a BOLD flavor to this seasoning which is much taster that the pre-ground pepper found in your local grocery store. When first starting to grind your own pepper it’s best to start with a small amount and adjust upwards until you find the level of heat you prefer. Once you have your mixture made to your liking you can create larger batches of your seasoning and store the remaining amounts in an airtight container for several months.
- Lemon-Pepper Seasoning:
- 4-5 large organic lemons, zested
- 1 T. kosher salt
- 1 t. black peppercorns, crushed
- Chicken Wings:
- 4 lbs. chicken wings, tips removed and patted dry
- 3 T. extra virgin olive oil
- Position oven rack to center position and preheat oven to warm (lowest setting).
- Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- To prepare the lemon-pepper seasoning, wash the lemons and pat dry. Remove zest from each lemon with a microplane. While doing so, collect as much of the flavorful yellow outer layer as possible, while avoiding the more bitter white layer below.
- Spread the zest in a thin layer on the parchment paper and place in the oven. After 20 minutes, remove pan from oven and shake to make sure zest is drying evenly. Return to oven until thoroughly dried, approximately 25-30 minutes.
- Remove dried lemon zest from the oven and increase oven temperature to 425°F.
- Add dried lemon zest to spice grinder or food processor along with salt and black peppercorns. Grind ingredients until desired consistency is reached. Taste and adjust ratio of salt and pepper as desired.
- In a large bowl, combine chicken wings with olive oil and 1 - 2 tablespoons of lemon-pepper seasoning and toss until evenly coated.
- Arrange seasoned chicken wings in a single layer on rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Do not overcrowd. Place baking sheet on center rack of preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes.
- Remove baking sheet from oven and turn each wing to ensure they cook evenly on all sides. Return to oven and bake for another 20-25 minutes, or until wings are browned and crispy.
- Remove from oven and serve immediately with sliced celery and blue cheese or ranch dressing, if desired.
There are three or four more chicken appitizers we can share as we near the holidays.
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