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Spicy Fried Chicken Lollipops

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Spicy Fried Chicken Lollipops make great party snacks!

I love serving these spicy fried  chicken lollipops at parties because they are so easy to serve and can be made in advance. All of the preparation, marinating and frying can be done before everyone arrives.

All you need to do is heat them up in a hot oven and serve. If you would like instructions on cutting the chicken legs into lollipops, please see my instructions here.

We’re having a few  parties this year and they will certainly be on the menu. All of the ingredients are easy to source. If you can’t find one or two, wing it. You won’t be disappointed.

Chicken lollipops

Lightly fried spicy chicken lollipops – the perfect finger food!

How do you prepare the fried chicken lollipops?

It’s easy but might take a bit of practice so that you can do the job quickly. Following are step by step photos of how to do it.

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.

Can you use any marinade?

First things first… The marinade I have used for these fried chicken lollipops is a standard tandoori marinade. You can use any of the chicken marinade recipes on my site. You’ll find quite a few here.

For now though, I hope you try the marinade in the following recipe as it’s perfect for these fried chicken lollipops.

Can you work ahead?

Yes. In fact it is a very good idea to let the chicken marinate for one to two days. You can get away with marinating for just 30 minutes but the longer you marinate your fried chicken lollipops, the better!

If you want to fry the chicken before the party starts, go ahead and do that. You will get the best results if you serve your fried chicken and serve immediately. That said, if you would rather not be standing around hot oil frying when people are around, do it ahead of time.

Then just heat the fried chicken lollipops in a hot oven until heated through and serve.

How long do fried chicken lollipops last in the fridge?

Once fried, you can keep the chicken lollipops in the fridge for about 3 days. 

Then just heat them up in your microwave or better… Heat them in a hot oven.

Can you freeze chicken lollipops?

Yes. They freeze really well. Just like when you go to the supermarket and purchase fried chicken that has been frozen. That is the result you will get.

So fresh is best but if you want a quick dinner one night, you’ll be glad you have your chicken lollipops in the fridge!

If you love this recipe for chicken lollipops try these other similar ones:

Tandoori Style Chicken Lollipops
Spicy Grilled Chicken with salsa

Indian restaurant style chicken lollipops

Cover the chicken lollipops in the thick marinade and marinate for at least 30 minutes.

Indian restaurant style chicken lollipops

Fry in batches until cooked through.

Indian Restaurant style chicken lollipops

Place the cooked chicken on paper towels to soak up the excess oil.

Indian restaurant style chicken lollipops

Ready to serve!


Yield: 4 - 8

Spicy Fried Chicken Lollipops

Fried Chicken lollipops
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 12 chicken legs - prepared like lollipops
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon course black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons garlic/ginger paste
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour
  • Salt to taste
  • Rapeseed or vegetable oil for deep frying


  1. Whisk all of the marinade ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Cover the chicken lollipops completely with the marinade and marinate for 30 minutes to 24 hours. The longer the better.
  3. When ready to fry, heat about four inches of oil until a bit off the batter/marinade sizzles immediately when dropped in.
  4. Fry the chicken lollipops in batches until cooked through. About five minutes should do the job but be sure to check with one. That's what I call chef's bonus.

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mobasir hassan

Wednesday 11th of March 2020

Excellent recipe and i am going to make it. Will surely let you know how it come out.Looking for more recipes in future. Thank you for the recipe.

Dan Toombs

Friday 13th of March 2020

Thank you Mobasir

I have a lot more recipes on the way. :-)


Keith Izod

Monday 9th of January 2017

Hi, instead of deep frying could you (we) cook them in an oven, we have a wood burning cooker which we use in the winter (no loss of power with that)

Dan Toombs

Wednesday 11th of January 2017

Hi Keith

I've never tried it but I will. I built a wood burning oven a couple of years ago. I think it should work fine!


Graham Payne

Monday 9th of January 2017

Hi Dan We were informed that we'd get a free recipe e book if we registered. So we registered but never did get the e book.

All the best Graham [email protected]

Dan Toombs

Wednesday 11th of January 2017

Hi Graham

That's strange. You should have received an email with a link to the ebook. Try unsubscribing and then resubscribing. Lots of people subscribe every day and receive the book Not sure what happened there.

Thanks, Dan

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