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.

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Cut through the meat and tendons and the skin.

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Pull the meat upward, exposing the bone.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Set aside the coated drumlettes.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Cook the chicken for about 15 minutes.

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Rotate occasionally until all sides are crisped.

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Crisped.

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

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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.

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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.

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I think these are looking ready to eat.

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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!

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