Crispy Lemon Feta Chicken Wings

Crispy Lemon Feta Chicken Wings

These Lemon Feta Chicken Wings are bursting with flavor. They are marinated and seasoned to perfection, then baked until they are crispy on the outside, while still being tender and juicy on the inside. Best of all, they are low carb and gluten free.

Ingredient Notes

ingredients for lemon feta chicken wings - chicken, feta, lemons, garlic, olive oil, parsley, and spices
  • Chicken – For this recipe, I used a combination of flats and drumettes. Personally, I am typically an extra crispy, all-flats type of girl, but you can use either or both.
  • Feta – I used a dry, crumbled feta for this recipe. It is not as salty as block feta in brine. If you are using a brined feta, you may want to reduce the salt in the recipe, as it is a saltier feta. If you have leftover feta, try one of these recipes – Chile Lime Chicken with Avocado Feta Salsa, or Antipasto Salad
  • Olive oil – I like to use a light olive oil for this recipe so that the marinade it not too heavy. Avocado oil is also a great option.
  • Smoked Paprika – This add a nice smoky flavor and a hint of spice. You could substitute sweet paprika or even use a pinch of cayenne pepper to kick things up a notch. (I use this brand of spices and seasonings)
  • Baking Powder – this is the secret weapon in terms of making an extra crispy wing without breading or deep frying. I don’t recommend omitting it.

Step By Step Directions

Left - olive oil, parsley, lemon, and spices in a bowl. Right - Same bowl, but with chicken wings tossed in

1. Add the olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, 2 tablespoons of the parsley, pepper, oregano, salt, and paprika to a mixing bowl. Whisk to combine.

2. Add the chicken wings and half of the marinade to a large bowl, toss to coat the wings and refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours. Give the wings a good toss a couple times while they are marinating. (I get my organic, pasture raised chicken wings here)

Left - marinated wings drying on paper towels. Right - raw wings coated in baking powder

3. Remove the wings from the marinade and line them in a single layer across paper towels. Cover the top with paper towels as well, and using your hands, press into the chicken to absorb excess moisture. Let sit for 10 minutes and then line them again on a fresh layer of paper towels, repeating the process.

4. Combine the wings and baking powder in a mixing bowl and toss to coat the wings evenly.

Left - a tray of wings ready to go in the oven Right - a tray of crispy wings, fresh out of the oven

5. Line a baking sheet with a greased cooling rack. Arrange the wings in a single layer across the cooling rack.

6. Bake on the middle-lower oven rack for 25 minutes. Increase the oven temperature to 425°F and move the baking sheet to the middle-upper rack. Bake the wings for an additional 45 minutes, or until the skin is nice and crispy. Let the wings sit for 5 minutes and then toss them in the remaining marinade and top with feta and remaining parsley.

gray plate with 2 crispy chicken wings, topped with feta cheese and parsley, and garnished with lemon

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you make extra crispy wings?

Baking powder is the secret to crispy baked wings. It helps them get super crispy and golden brown while baking. It is a great alternative to deep frying or using a heavy breading.

Are chicken wings better fried or baked?

This is really a matter of personal preference. For me personally, anytime I can get something super crispy without having to deep fry, I am all for it. I’m a huge fan of crispy baked wings.

Are chicken wings keto friendly?

That depends how they are made. Many of the wings you get in restaurants contain sort of breading or coated in flour before frying, making them higher in carbs and not gluten free.

How long do wings take in an air fryer?

If you cook them at 375°F, it will take about 25 minutes to get crispy air fryer wings. Be sure to toss them halfway through cooking. This is the air-fryer that I recommend.

Metal serving dish with crispy chicken wings, topped with feta cheese and parsley, and garnished with lemon

Tips and Variations

  • If you are not a fan of feta, or can’t find any because everyone is still using it to make Baked Feta Pasta with Tomatoes, goat cheese is a delicious substitution. I’ve also made them with shaved parmesan, and even chopped garlic cheese curds.
  • To deep fry these wings, you can heat oil in a dutch oven or sauce pan to 375°F and fry the wings for about 10 to 12 minutes or until crispy and cooked all the way through.
  • Use this same cooking method and make my Salt and Vinegar Wings, Crispy Baked Garlic Parmesan Wings, or even Boneless Buffalo Wings
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Metal serving dish with crispy chicken wings, topped with feta cheese and parsley, and garnished with lemon

Crispy Lemon Feta Chicken Wings



  • Author:
    Kyndra Holley

  • Prep Time:
    10 minutes

  • Cook Time:
    70 minutes

  • Total Time:
    1 hour 20 minutes

  • Yield:
    4 servings

Description

These Lemon Feta Chicken Wings are bursting with vibrant flavors. They are marinated in olive oil, garlic, parsley, lemon juice, paprika, oregano, salt and pepper, and baked until they are perfectly crispy on the outside, while still being tender and juicy on the inside. 


Ingredients

  • 2.5 pounds chicken wings – flats and/or drumettes (I get my organic, pasture raised chicken here)
  • ½ cup olive oil 
  • Juice of 2 lemons (about 6 or 7 tablespoons)
  • Zest of 1 lemon 
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced 
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley, divided
  • 1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sea salt 
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • ⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese


Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, 2 tablespoons of the parsley, pepper, oregano, salt, and paprika. Whisk to combine.
  2. Add the chicken wings and half of the marinade to a large bowl, toss to coat the wings and refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours. Give the wings a good toss a couple times while they are marinating.
  3. After marinating the wings, remove them from the marinade and line them in a single layer across paper towels. Cover the top with paper towels as well, and using your hands, press into the chicken to absorb excess moisture. Let sit for 10 minutes and then line them again on a fresh layer of paper towels, repeating the process. You want them to be as dry as possible so that they crisp up in the oven.
  4. Place an oven rack in the middle-lower position and another rack in the middle-upper position. Preheat the oven to 250°F. Set a cooling rack on a rimmed baking sheet.
  5. Combine the wings and baking powder in a mixing bowl and toss to coat the wings evenly.
  6. Spread the wings in a single layer across the cooling rack. Bake on the middle-lower oven rack for 25 minutes.
  7. Increase the oven temperature to 425°F and move the baking sheet to the middle-upper rack. Bake the wings for an additional 45 minutes, or until the skin is nice and crispy.
  8. Remove the wings from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Toss in the remaining marinade and sprinkle the feta and remaining parsley over top, before serving. 

Notes

  • Baking powder is the key to getting these wings super crispy and golden brown. I do not recommend omitting it. 
  • You can marinate the chicken for up to 6 hours, but because of the lemon juice in the recipe, I don’t recommend going beyond that. It will change the texture of the chicken, making it tough and stringy.
  • I highly recommend greasing the cooling rack before putting the wings on it. This will keep the wings from sticking and pulling off all the delicious crispy skin. I like to use a spray avocado oil for this. 
  • net carbs per serving: 5.5g

  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Greek

Nutrition

  • Calories: 432
  • Fat: 32.6g
  • Carbohydrates: 6.7g
  • Fiber: 1.2g
  • Protein: 52g

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