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Perfectly crispy on the outside, these baked Keto Lemon Pepper Wings rival any you’d find in a restaurant! Zesty lemon mingles with spicy black pepper and a hint of garlic for an incredibly flavorful bite! A true wing-lover’s delight and less than 1g net carbs per serving!

crispy chicken wings on a white plate with lemon wedge

Baked Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings – Low Carb!

Chicken wings are my husband’s favorite food, and the good news is that they CAN be included in a keto lifestyle!

Not only are chicken wings high in protein, because they’re cooked skin-on, they also provide lots of the fat that fuels keto weight loss!

And they’re delicious of course!

These keto lemon pepper wings are easy to make with only a handful of simple ingredients. Despite using only a few ingredients and spices, these baked lemon pepper chicken wings are wildly flavorful! Even your non-keto friends and family will love them! They’re that good!

But what really makes these wings a treat is the crispy skin. There’s nothing worse than soggy skin on chicken wings, am I right?

Well no worries here! That skin is crispy, crunchy, and melts in your mouth! Just look at it!

crispy lemon pepper wings with lemon wedges

 

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Why I Love This Recipe:

  • Less than 1 gram net carbs per serving!
  • Satisfies those fried chicken cravings!
  • Delicious appetizer to feed a crowd!

You’ll Need:

  • Chicken wing sections — We made about 2 pounds, but you can modify the recipe amounts to make more or less chicken depending on how many people you’re feeding.
  • Lemons — We’ll use both the juice and zest
  • Black pepper
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Olive oil
  • Salt — Only needed if you’re doing the “quick” version and not marinating the chicken.

Kitchen Tools Used:

  • Gallon-sized ziplock bags
  • Baking sheet
  • Aluminum foil or silicone baking mat

TIP: This 3-piece baking set comes with a baking sheet, wire rack, and silicone mat — it’s perfect for making our crispy low carb lemon pepper wings!

KETO FAQ – Learn More

keto lemon pepper wings on white plate with crispy skin

What Does Lemon Pepper Taste Like?

Just like it sounds, lemon pepper seasoning is a combination of zesty lemon peel and spicy ground black pepper.

Other spices are often incorporated for more depth of flavor, so that no two lemon pepper recipes are exactly alike. My husband swears by onion powder and garlic powder — they are his go-to spices — so of course we included them in our lemon pepper seasoning blend.

The result is a crazy delicious, crispy wing that packs a flavorful punch in every single bite! But does NOT pack the carbs!

How Many Carbs in Lemon Pepper Wings?

Chicken wings themselves are naturally low in carbs, however, sauces and seasonings can be a hidden source of sugar and carbs.

If you love chicken wings, lemon pepper seasoning is a great option when you’re on the keto diet because it is adds almost no carbs.

We marinated our wings in lemon juice, which does contain a small amount of carbs and fruit sugar. However, only a small bit of that is absorbed, and the rest of the juice is poured off before cooking.

This leaves us with a flavorful, yet keto-friendly wing recipe that is less than 1g net carbs per serving!

Do I Need to Marinate the Chicken?

Marinating chicken imparts extra flavor and helps tenderize the meat because the marinade will start slowly breaking down the chicken.

Our marinated version of this recipe is especially flavorful, but you can still make these wings even if you don’t have a day to  marinate.

To save time, simply skip the marinating process, add salt to your seasoning mix, then bake.

Related: Click here to see all of our favorite keto dinner recipes!

close-up of crispy lemon pepper chicken wings

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Crispy Lemon Pepper Wings

These Crispy Lemon Pepper Wings are the perfect fix for those fried chicken cravings!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Keto
Keyword: Lemon pepper, lemon pepper wings, wings
Servings: 8
Calories: 200kcal
Cost: $10

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds chicken wing sections
  • 3 lemons finely zested and juiced
  • 1 ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt optional (only needed if NOT marinating the wings)

Instructions

Marinated Method

  • Place chicken wings in a freezer bag and add lemon juice. Seal tightly and place bag in a large bowl (this collects any juice in case of a leak in the bag).
  • Refrigerate overnight wings, turning the bag a couple times.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Prepare a baking sheet by lining with aluminum foil and misting with non-stick spray.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the lemon zest, black pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder.
  • Remove the chicken from bag and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Place chicken on prepared baking sheet, brush with olive oil, and rub with the lemon pepper seasoning you made.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes, turning once.

Quick Cook Method

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Prepare a baking sheet by lining with aluminum foil and misting with non-stick spray.
  • Combine seasoning ingredients PLUS salt in a small mixing bowl.
  • Place chicken on prepared baking sheet, brush with olive oil, and rub with the lemon pepper seasoning you made.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes, turning once.

Notes

Note: Nutrition information is a rough estimate only; actual values will vary based on the exact ingredients used and amount of recipe prepared.
Net Carbs: 0g per serving (1g total carbs)

Nutrition

Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 336mg | Potassium: 110mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg

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Perfectly crispy on the outside, these baked Keto Lemon Pepper Wings rival any you'd find in a restaurant! Zesty lemon mingles with spicy black pepper and a hint of garlic for an incredibly flavorful bite! A true wing-lover's delight and only 3g net carbs per serving!

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