How to Cook Southern Fried Chicken 'Lollipops' & Dip

Great for a big game or any time, this fresh take on fried chicken can be prepared ahead, then quickly cooked for guests. This lollipop-shaped chicken is pan fried, then gets crisped in the oven.

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Shape the chicken legs into an easy-to-dip lollipop shape. Cut the skin above the joint, leaving the bone intact.

Shape the chicken legs into an easy-to-dip lollipop shape. Cut the skin above the joint, leaving the bone intact.

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Cut through the meat and tendons and the skin.

Cut through the meat and tendons and the skin.

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Pull the meat upward, exposing the bone.

Pull the meat upward, exposing the bone.

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Cut off excess skin.

Cut off excess skin.

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Make your marinade from buttermilk, cracked black pepper, and cayenne. How much heat you use is up to you.

Make your marinade from buttermilk, cracked black pepper, and cayenne. How much heat you use is up to you.

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Marinate the drumlettes. It's best to give them time to marinate overnight. I like this recipe because it can be prepared a day ahead, but quickly cooked for a crowd, like on a big game day.

Marinate the drumlettes. It's best to give them time to marinate overnight. I like this recipe because it can be prepared a day ahead, but quickly cooked for a crowd, like on a big game day.

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The next day, make your blue cheese dip. Combine mayonnaise, sour cream, blue cheese, and buttermilk, then season with lemon juice, chipotle sauce, mustard, and salt to taste.

The next day, make your blue cheese dip. Combine mayonnaise, sour cream, blue cheese, and buttermilk, then season with lemon juice, chipotle sauce, mustard, and salt to taste.

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Season your flour for the coating. I use chopped parsley, salt, pepper, and cayenne.

Season your flour for the coating. I use chopped parsley, salt, pepper, and cayenne.

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Mix the seasoned flour in a bowl big enough to toss the chicken.

Mix the seasoned flour in a bowl big enough to toss the chicken.

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Dip the drumlettes in the seasoned flour and coat them thoroughly.

Dip the drumlettes in the seasoned flour and coat them thoroughly.

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Make sure they're well coated by shaking them in the seasoned flour.

Make sure they're well coated by shaking them in the seasoned flour.

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Set aside the coated drumlettes.

Set aside the coated drumlettes.

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This is what they should look like when they are ready.

This is what they should look like when they are ready.

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Prepare your skillet..

Prepare your skillet..

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Fill the pan with half an inch of oil to shallow fry the drumlettes. I like grapeseed oil for frying because of the high smoking point, but you can use any neutral-tasting vegetable oil.

Fill the pan with half an inch of oil to shallow fry the drumlettes. I like grapeseed oil for frying because of the high smoking point, but you can use any neutral-tasting vegetable oil.

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Test to see that the pan is hot, then add the drumlettes one by one. Make sure you leave plenty of space in the pan; you don't want to crowd the chicken as you fry it.

Test to see that the pan is hot, then add the drumlettes one by one. Make sure you leave plenty of space in the pan; you don't want to crowd the chicken as you fry it.

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When you're frying or sautéing anything in oil, be sure to drop it into the pan away from you so you don't get splashed.

When you're frying or sautéing anything in oil, be sure to drop it into the pan away from you so you don't get splashed.

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Cook the chicken for about 15 minutes.

Cook the chicken for about 15 minutes.

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Rotate occasionally until all sides are crisped.

Rotate occasionally until all sides are crisped.

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Crisped.

Crisped.

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As the chicken is crisped, move the drumlettes to the side of the pan.

As the chicken is crisped, move the drumlettes to the side of the pan.

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Be careful of the hot oil.

Be careful of the hot oil.

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Heat the oven to 325. Prepare a baking sheet for the oven. You can use a reusable silicon mat or just parchment.

Heat the oven to 325. Prepare a baking sheet for the oven. You can use a reusable silicon mat or just parchment.

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Take your lined baking sheet  and transfer the drumlettes to the oven.

Take your lined baking sheet and transfer the drumlettes to the oven.

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Cook the chicken in the oven for about 30 minutes or until it is done. You can check the temperature with a meat thermometer to be sure it's cooked through. Look for it to be around 180.

Cook the chicken in the oven for about 30 minutes or until it is done. You can check the temperature with a meat thermometer to be sure it's cooked through. Look for it to be around 180.

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I think these are looking ready to eat.

I think these are looking ready to eat.

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Serve each drumlette with a generous helping of blue cheese dip.

Serve each drumlette with a generous helping of blue cheese dip.

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Take the time to get it just right, and enjoy!

Take the time to get it just right, and enjoy!

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