Chicken Lollipop Recipe


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Learn how to make lip-smacking restaurant-style chicken lollipops at home. The chicken drummettes are coated in a flavorful sweet, tangy, salty, and spicy mix and fried until golden brown and crispy! 

chicken lollipops.

Need a fun and creative way to enjoy chicken? This chicken lollipop recipe is your answer.

They have been delicious and unique alternatives to chicken wings or drumsticks. They take minutes to make and are seriously moreish.

Table of Contents
  1. Why this recipe works
  2. What are chicken lollipops?
  3. Ingredients Needed
  4. How to make chicken lollipops
  5. Can you bake this?
  6. Tips to make the best recipe
  7. Flavor and recipe variations
  8. Storage instructions
  9. More delicious ways to enjoy chicken
  10. Frequently asked questions
  11. BEST Chicken Lollipops

Why this recipe works

These lollipops may look incredibly fancy but honestly, they are so easy to whip up.

  • Perfect texture and flavor. The texture of the chicken is crispy on the outside yet juicy and moist in the middle. It’s savory, spicy, and tangy all at once.
  • Easy to make. No fuss of marination, no double frying! Just dredge the drummettes in a spicy coating and fry them away.
  • It is the ultimate crowd-pleaser. The food that you can run around with is the best kind of food. Serve these at parties, gatherings, or events.  

What are chicken lollipops?

Chicken lollipops are easy-to-eat, Frenched cuts of chicken wings or drumsticks. Seasoned with fragrant aromatics and spices, they are a few of the tastiest Indo-Chinese appetizers!

chicken lollipops recipe.

Ingredients Needed

These lollipop chicken wings are so easy, and besides eggs and seasonings, there isn’t much else needed to make. Here is what you’ll need:

  • Chicken wings. Buy even-sized chicken wings for this recipe so they cook evenly upon frying. I prefer fresh chicken, but you can use frozen chicken wings instead.
  • Crushed garlic. I love the flavor of crushed garlic, but you can also use garlic powder.
  • Ketchup. For the sweet and tang flavors. Opt for a ketchup with the least amount of added sugar.
  • Soy sauce. For the ultimate umami hit.
  • Vinegar. It is the essential acidic component. I typically use white vinegar, but apple cider vinegar works well.
  • Salt and pepper. To taste.
  • Spices. We use a mix of paprika, ginger powder, and chili powder. This dynamic trio is equal parts spicy and smoky.
  • Egg, flour, and cornstarch. To make up the crispy batter.
  • Oil. I like using avocado oil, but any oil with a high smoke point works.

How to make chicken lollipops

Chicken lollipop are easy to make: Just remember to remove excess sinew from the wings.

Make the spice mix: Whisk dry spice and chili powders, paprika, vinegar, soy sauce, ketchup, garlic paste, and salt in a small bowl. 

sauce ingredients in bowls.

Prep the chicken: Scrape the meat from the thinner side of the drumettes to make a lollipop.

chicken lollipops in bowl.

Coat the chicken: Make the batter using cornstarch, flour, and egg in a bowl. Toss the chicken with the spice seasoning and coat it with the batter. 

how to make lollipop chicken.

Fry and serve hot: Heat a neutral oil in a deep fryer or a pot and add chicken lollipops. Fry for 3-4 minutes, drip the oil on tissue paper, and serve hot with a sauce of your liking!

fried chicken draining oil.

Can you bake this?

You can totally make this dish in the oven. Baked chicken lollipops turn out evenly cooked and with a delicious crisp exterior. Also, using the oven cuts down on the added oil.

To bake, place the prepared chicken onto a greased baking sheet. Bake at 200C/400F for 25 minutes, flipping halfway through.

Tips to make the best recipe

  • Check the oil temperature. Ensure the frying oil is 350°F for a perfectly cooked, crispy chicken.
  • Make a smooth batter. Add a pinch of baking soda to make an extra crispy batter.
  • Always fry in batches. Too many chicken pieces will bring down the temperature of the oil and will cook your chicken slowly. This mistake will also result in soggy and not crispy exteriors.

Flavor and recipe variations

Use other cuts of chicken. This batter will work with chicken drumsticks, chicken legs, and larger chicken wings.

Marinate the chicken. Instead of making a quick mix with the spices, marinate the chicken for a few hours to infuse the flavors. 

Season the flour. Season the flour with chili powder, salt, and pepper for a tasty, crispy coating. 

Flash fry in advance. Fry a batch of chicken lollipops at 350°F and store for a few hours. Once your guests arrive, flash fry at 400°F a minute to get the ultra-crispy fried chicken and serve it hot.

Storage instructions

To store. Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for 3-5 days.   

To freeze. Place the chicken on a tray, and once frozen, transfer them to ziplock bags for three months.

To reheat. Warm the chicken in the oven at 375°F for 10-12 minutes to reheat them. 

lollipop chicken.

More delicious ways to enjoy chicken

Frequently asked questions

What cut is chicken lollipop?

The cut used to make this recipe involves chicken wings that have been separated from the drumette (the meaty portion).

Can I make this recipe gluten-free?

Use a garam flour or rice flour instead of wheat flour. Also, remember to use a gluten-free soy sauce or tamari for the umami flavor.

How to French the drummette?

Cut at the base of the drumstick using a sharp knife. Clean the bone, remove the white tendons, and push to collect the meat at the other end to create the lollipop appearance.

chicken lollipop recipe.

BEST Chicken Lollipops

5 from 2 votes
Learn how to make the best restaurant-style chicken lollipops at home. Quick to make and seasoned perfectly, they make a fun appetizer or part of an entree.
Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 12 minutes


  • 1 lb chicken wings or drumettes
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup oil


  • Whisk together the garlic, ketchup, soy sauce, vinegar, salt, paprika, ginger, pepper, and chili powder in a bowl. In another small bowl, combine together flour, cornstarch, and beaten egg.
  • Prepare the wings by cutting the meat towards the other end and forming the chicken lollipop.
  • Toss the chicken lollipops in the spice mixture and coat evenly.
  • Pour the mixture onto the chicken and mix well until it coats the meat well.
  • Heat oil in a medium pot and cook the chicken in batches. Fry them for 3-4 minutes, or until golden brown.


TO STORE: Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for 3-5 days.   
TO FREEZE: Place the chicken on a tray, and once frozen, transfer them to ziplock bags for three months.
TO REHEAT: Warm the chicken in the oven at 375°F for 10-12 minutes to reheat them. 


Serving: 1servingCalories: 214kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 14gFat: 11gSodium: 767mgPotassium: 153mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 291IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mgNET CARBS: 14g
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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