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Lemon-Pepper Chicken Wings

Crunchy, citrusy and spicy, lemon-pepper chicken wings are the perfect recipe for a summer day of boating in beautiful Lake County.

The secret to crispy wings is how they’re cooked. Specifically, cooking them first on indirect heat, to render out the fat. After that, finish them on medium-high direct heat until they are crispy and golden. 


  • Juice of one lemon
  • 5 tablespoons fresh chives (or green onions) chopped
  • ½‑cup olive oil
  • 3 pounds of chicken wings, cut in half at joints, wing tips removed
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Ahead of time, mix together in a bowl the olive oil, chives, lemon juice and liberal amounts of salt and pepper. Cover and set aside.
  2. Prepare the grill for indirect cooking. Arrange wing pieces and cook covered for 1520 minutes, until the fat has been rendered and the meat cooked through.
  3. Remove the cooked wings from the grill and add them to the bowl of sauce to coat.
  4. Prepare the grill for direct cooking. Return the wings to the grill and cook uncovered, turning regularly, until the wings are golden brown.

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