BBQ Chicken Lollipops Recipe

The word lollipop conjures up visions of sweet, sticky candies on a stick. Well, these lollipops are made from chicken drumsticks, with the bone standing in for a stick. They are certainly sticky, though, and are actually pretty sweet, as well. In fact, recipe developer Catherine Brookes describes the barbecue sauce glaze as "sweet, smoky, [and] tangy," while she calls the chicken "succulent." While preparing the dish does require a bit of fancy knife work, Brookes assures us it is "fun to make."

"I'd say this is more of an appetizer or starter," Brookes says of these chicken lollipops but adds that you could turn it into a main course if you add a side dish or two. Among her suggestions are french fries, rice, and a salad. The dish would also work quite well with other typical barbecue sides such as baked beans, cornbread, or coleslaw, and don't forget a tall glass of sweet tea!

Assemble the ingredients for the BBQ chicken lollipops

You only need 6 ingredients for this recipe. You should have chicken drumsticks, of course, plus barbecue sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, honey, and the juice from a lime. These last 5 ingredients all combine to make the marinade.

Shape the drumsticks into lollipops

The trickiest bit of this recipe involves turning the drumsticks into chicken lollipops. Take a sharp, thin knife and use it to slice around the bonier end of the drumstick, cutting through all of the tendons. Pull down the meat so the bone is exposed. Use your knife or some kitchen scissors to trim away any excess meat, skin, or tendons so as to make for a neater-looking lollipop, then wrap the exposed bone in a small piece of foil. "Wrapping the ends in foil," says Brookes, "makes the lollipops easier to pick up and eat without getting your fingers dirty."

Marinate the chicken

Mix all of the remaining ingredients together, then dip each lollipop in the marinade. Make sure that all of the meat is coated with the sauce. Put the chicken in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, although if it's more convenient for you, you can leave it for up to 24 hours.

Bake the chicken

Preheat the oven to 400 F. Once it's hot enough, bake the chicken for 25 to 30 minutes. If you stick a meat thermometer in the thickest part of a drumstick, it should read 165 F when it's done. (All of the chicken pieces should be done at the same time, so you probably only need to poke one or two of them.) Your lollipops are ready to eat as-is, but Brookes suggests accompanying them with lime wedges and extra barbecue sauce.

Once the chicken is cooked, you'll need to either eat it up or repurpose it within short order as Brookes notes that the leftovers won't last for more than 2 days in the fridge. While she suggests reheating the drumsticks in the oven, you can certainly eat them cold if you wish.

BBQ Chicken Lollipops Recipe
5 from 29 ratings
These BBQ chicken lollipops are simple to make, fun to eat, and taste delicious with a classic barbecue flavor.
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foil-wrapped chicken lollipops
Total time: 2 hours, 50 minutes
  • 10 chicken drumsticks
  • ¾ cup barbecue sauce
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 lime, juice only
  1. Slice all the way around the thinner, bony part of the drumstick, making sure to cut through all of the tendons.
  2. Pull the meat down to reveal the bone.
  3. Trim any remaining meat, skin, or tendon off the bony end.
  4. Wrap the bony end of each drumstick in a small piece of foil.
  5. Combine all of the remaining ingredients to make the marinade.
  6. Dip each drumstick into the marinade, making sure the meaty part is coated.
  7. Refrigerate the chicken for at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours.
  8. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  9. Bake the chicken for 25 to 30 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 165 F when poked into the thickest part of a drumstick.
  10. Drumsticks can be eaten with additional barbecue sauce and/or a squeeze of lime juice.
Calories per Serving 261
Total Fat 12.1 g
Saturated Fat 3.2 g
Trans Fat 0.1 g
Cholesterol 119.6 mg
Total Carbohydrates 13.1 g
Dietary Fiber 0.4 g
Total Sugars 10.5 g
Sodium 353.8 mg
Protein 23.8 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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