How to Cook Southern Fried Chicken 'Lollipops' & Dip

by Bradley Ogden

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.

Supplies

  • 6 Chicken drumsticks
  • Buttermilk
  • Flour
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cayenne
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Mustard
  • Mayonnaise
  • Sour cream
  • Chipotle sauce
  • Lemon
  • Maytag blue cheese (or your favorite blue)
  • Instructions

    Step 1

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

    Step 2

    Cut through the meat and tendons and the skin.

    Step 3

    Pull the meat upward, exposing the bone.

    Step 4

    Cut off excess skin.

    Step 5

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

    Step 6

    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.

    Step 7

    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.

    Step 8

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

    Step 9

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

    Step 10

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

    Step 11

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

    Step 12

    Set aside the coated drumlettes.

    Step 13

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

    Step 14

    Prepare your skillet..

    Step 15

    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.

    Step 16

    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.

    Step 17

    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.

    Step 18

    Cook the chicken for about 15 minutes.

    Step 19

    Rotate occasionally until all sides are crisped.

    Step 20

    Crisped.

    Step 21

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

    Step 22

    Be careful of the hot oil.

    Step 23

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

    Step 24

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

    Step 25

    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.

    Step 26

    I think these are looking ready to eat.

    Step 27

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

    Step 28

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