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Tandoori Chicken Lollipops

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Chicken lollipops are real crowd pleasers!

Whether you planning a big curry feast with friends or you just want to make something fun and festive, you’ve got to try these tandoori chicken lollipops.

At first you might find it to be a lot of work but as you make your chicken lollipops, you will get faster at it.

Indian restaurant style tandoori chicken lollipops

Indian restaurant style tandoori chicken lollipops

Barbecued chicken lollipops are great party food.

All of the skin and meat are removed from the leg bones giving you the perfect handle to pick them up with.

I like to serve these as part of a meal but you could also place them on platters and serve them at a party.

I usually make twice as much marinade as suggested below. It makes a perfect dip for these chicken lollipops. Just be sure to put some aside before adding the chicken lollipops to marinate.

Working ahead…

I recommend working a day or two ahead the first time you make these. Not only will the chicken lollipops benefit from being in the marinade longer, it also gets the biggest chore out of the way.

Moving that chicken meat up the leg bone can be a bit fiddly but it does get easier.

Believe me, it does get easier.

Making Indian restaurant style chicken lollipops

Cut the skin around the end of the leg.

Making Indian restaurant style tandoori chicken lollipops

Once the skin is cut, gently move the meat down toward the opposite end.

Making Indian restaurant style chicken lollipops

Cut off all of the stringy bits.

Making Indian restaurant style chicken lollipops

As you move the meat down along the bone, you will run into a little bone. Remove it.

Making Indian restaurant style chicken lollipops

Now twist the skin off the end of the bone.

Making Indian restaurant style chicken lollipops

Your chicken lollipop should now look like this.

Making Indian restaurant style chicken lollipops

Blend the all of the marinade ingredients except for the yoghurt. Then mix the two together.

Making Indian restaurant style chicken lollipops

Rub the marinade into the chicken, both under and on top of the skin. Marinate for 2 to 48 hours.

Making Indian restaurant style chicken lollipops

Ready for the oven.

Tandoori chicken lollipops

These lollipops can be served as a meal or as party snacks.

These chicken lollipops would be great served with Coriander and mint chuntney, saffron rice and this cucumber salad. I like to serve it with kachumber and karahi naans too.

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Tandoori Style Chicken Lollipops

Tandoori Style Chicken Lollipops


  • About 20 chicken legs - prepared as photographed above
  • 1 large bunch coriander
  • Juice of two limes
  • 3 green chilli peppers - roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons garlic/ginger paste
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 7 tablespoons Greek Yogurt
  • Salt to taste


  1. Place all of the ingredients up to the Greek yoghurt in a blender and blend until you have a paste. You may need to add a little water to do this.
  2. Pour the paste into a large bowl and add the yoghurt. Whisk it until you have a smooth marinade. If you like, you can remove some of the marinade to use as a dip. I often double the marinade recipe so that there is plenty of dip.
  3. Season the marinade with salt and black pepper to taste and rub it into the chicken pieces, both under and on top of the skin. Leave for 2 to 48 hours.
  4. When ready to cook, preheat your oven to its highest setting. Place the chicken in a roasting pan and roast on high until browned and cooked through. This should take about an hour but watch it.
  5. Serve as a meal or place on serving trays as party food. The drumsticks are really easy to pick up and eat without much mess.

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Sunday 27th of August 2017


These look wonderful. For your American readers, could you kindly clarify what you mean by "green chilli peppers"? Is this some kind of hot pepper -- such as jalapeno -- as opposed to mild green bell peppers?


Dan Toombs

Thursday 7th of September 2017

Hi Diane

I'm originally from California. If a recipe calls for bell peppers, use them. If you are wondering which spicy chillies to use, try jalapeno or serano. You could really use any chillies you like.

Thanks, Dan

Steve | Big Stevie Cool Food Blog

Tuesday 7th of March 2017

These look fab - bet they are great for a picnic.

Dan Toombs

Friday 10th of March 2017

Hi Steve

Thank you. Yes! Perfect picnic food. :-)

Thanks, Dan


Monday 9th of January 2017

an hour seems really long for drumsticks

Dan Toombs

Wednesday 11th of January 2017

Hi Jan

That's what I did but I agree. It did seem long. Try a shorter time. :-)


kelly akuku

Tuesday 20th of December 2016

Looks yummy.

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