These Chicken Lollipops are a fun way to serve chicken to your guests! The chicken drumstick is frenched, fried and coated in a delicious sticky sauce. Make these as an appetizer or a fancy hors d'oeuvre and guests will be raving!
What is the point of chicken lollipops?
To allow chicken to be served in a fancier, cleaner manner with less mess since the bone is used as a handle. They make for a nice presentation!
What is the difference between chicken lollipop and drumstick?
Lollipop chicken is chicken winglets, wings or drumettes trimmed to resemble a "lollipop" shape. The meat is cut down from the bone exposing a bone or "stick" to hold onto while eating.
Chicken drumsticks trypically do not have the bone exposed.
How To Lollipop Your Chicken
It's actually called "frenching" and is where the meat is cut loose from the bone and pushed downward. Making these is not tough to do but does require a bit of practice AND a sharp knife!
Choosing The Type Of Chicken
I chose to use chicken drumsticks for this recipe, however you can "french" chicken wings too. They take longer to do and are a bit trickier but will make a smaller lollipop.
Chicken legs or thighs are NOT a your best option because of how large they are. You would end up with a meat cleaver instead of a golf ball.
*Using a SHARP knife is key to forming your little meat popsicles.
Steps for how to cut and trim your chicken:
Frenching Your Chicken
- Cut the ends of the drumstick like in the photo below.
- Then scrape away any excess meat from the bone moving the knife downward.
- Push the meat down using your fingers to form the lollipop.
Prepare Your Batter
After you are done frenching your drumsticks. You will need to set the chicken aside and mix up your batter in a large bowl.
Frying Your Chicken
Once each lollipop is coated you will need to fry them in oil until crispy and brown. Your oil temp should be about 350-375 degrees F.
They will not be completely cooked inside but that's okay! You will finish them off in the oven at 400 degrees F. It is important to place your drumsticks on a wire rack so they stay crispy on the bottom!
You want your chicken to reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F! This can take anywhere from 5-10 minutes depending on the size of your drumsticks.
Coating Your Lollipops
Finally, coat them in the sauce, dressing or glaze of your choice and serve with the bone upward so guests can easily grab them!
The Chicken Batter
The batter I used to coat my chicken in is a thick pancake-like batter. It is a mixture made mainly of flour and cornstarch. The cornstarch makes for a crispier wing. The vinegar and baking powder will give your batter a lighter consistency.
Have you tried my Asian Shrimp Toast appetizer yet?
Your Sauce aka 'Glaze'
After you cut, fry and bake your chicken, you are going to want to smother those babies in a thick sauce! For this recipe I simply used one of my favorite salad dressings, yes SALAD DRESSING, to pour over top! It makes them so easy to finish off and allows you many different options in the end. Plus, dressings are the perfect consistency!
Other wing sauce flavors:
- Buffalo sauce
- Ranch dressing
- Thousand Island
- Honey Mustard
- Garlic Parmesan
The sauce options are endless! You can even serve these lollipops naked without any sauce. Then offer a few dips for your guests to enjoy dipping into.
Looking for some other fun appetizers?
Air Fryer Brown Sugar Buffalo Shrimp (Crispy)
Baked Buffalo Chicken Meatballs With Brown Sugar
Glazed Apple Chicken Sausage Bites
- Wire Rack
- Sharp Knife
- 10-12 Chicken Drumsticks
- 2½ Cups Ken's Steak House Sesame Ginger Dressing ((or other sesame ginger dressing))
- 2 Chopped Green Onions (*For garnishing)
Chicken Lollipop Batter
- ¾ Cup Flour
- 1 Cup Cornstarch
- 2 tablespoon Baking Powder
- 1 ½ tablespoon Paprika
- 2 teaspoon Salt
- 1 tablespoon Vinegar
- 1 ½ Cups Whole Milk or Cream
- This part is the most tedious. Take each drumstick and using a sharp knife, slice off the top and bottom of each. (Aim for an inch off of each end.) You want the top of each drumstick to be FLAT so they have a flat surface to stand upright. (see photos above)
- On the bottom of each drumstick by the bone where you cut, use your fingers to push the meat downward until the bone is exposed and the chicken forms into a ball at the other end.
- Finally, while standing each lollipop upright, trim each as needed so your lollipops are closer to the size of a golf ball rather than the size of a baseball. It is more important that they are all uniform in size so they cook evenly!
- Preheat your oven to 400°F.
- Heat your oil in a deep skillet or small sauce pot. You oil should be deep enough to cover your lollipops when submerged. You want your oil temp to be between 350°F and 375°F. Any hotter and the batter will burn.
- Mix your chicken lollipop batter ingredients in a large bowl until just combined. Clumps are okay.**The consistency of your batter is important. It should be thick like pancake batter but not TOO thick. If it is too thick to dip into, thin it out more with a touch of milk. Keep in mind it will thicken as it sits.
- When the oil is ready, coat one drumstick in the batter and carefully drop it in the hot oil. (You do not want to coat the bone in batter.)Repeat with 3-4 more drumsticks. Do not overcrowd. Use tongs to move the chicken around so they don't stick to one another.
- When the exterior turns a deep brown, drain your drumsticks on paper towels OR a wire rack. Repeat with next batch of wings until all wings are brown and crispy. (They will not be cooked internally which is okay.)
- Place your chicken on a wire rack (or parchment paper) and on a baking sheet. Bake for 5-10 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F. (See note)
- When ready, take out your drumsticks and place them in a large bowl. They should be hot. Add dressing to the bowl and carefully toss to fully coat! You could also hold the bone and spoon the dressing over top. (The dressing does not need to be warmed.)
- Serve lollipops on a platter with the bones facing upward. Sprinkle with green onions and serve hot.
Wow!!! This is a perfect recipe, Aleka <3
I'm loving it!!!
Thank you for the share.
Thank you! 🙂
Jas @ All that's Jas
I made these last night for a company and they were a hit! Definitely a show-stopper! I used the exact same Ken's marinade (found by salad dressings, not by marinades and sauces where I first looked). The flavor was exceptional!
A few notes:
1. I "frenched" the chicken a day ahead and I'm glad I did because it took me almost an hour to clean 8 drumsticks (I was slow and extra careful not to cut myself, which I still managed to do, lol).
2. When I started pushing the meat down I found a sharp, skinny bone along the main bone, but it was easy to break off and remove.
3. I made my batter with cream and it was too thick. I diluted it with water because I was out of milk and it was still fine.
4. If you're doubling the recipe, there's no need to double the batter ingredients. There's plenty to go around (maybe because I had to dilute it) which makes it super easy to dip your lollipops. Just use a smaller bowl.
5. I wrapped the tops of exposed bones in a bit of aluminum foil which added to the effect.
Thanks, Aleka for sharing this delicious recipe! It's a keeper!
That you Jas for your wonderful comment! Yes the most tedious part is frenching the chicken but that was a good idea to do it a day ahead!! I am so glad you and your guests enjoyed them!