These chicken lollipops, served with a sticky, sweet and spicy dip make a fun and interesting appetizer or party food. They’re a little bit fiddly to prepare, but they go down an absolute storm at any gathering.

A plate of chicken lollipops with a bowl of spicy dipping sauce. One of the wings is being dipped into the sauce and is dripping. The wing is being held by fingers with pink-painted fingernails.

I love how cute these crispy little appetizers are.
They remind me of those tiktok videos you see of people putting a chicken wing in their mouth and pulling out the clean chicken bones. It amazes me every time!

Well, these chicken lollipops have most of the chicken-pulling hard work done for you. The chicken is pushed down the bone, right to the end, so we’ve got all of the chicken in one bite-sized piece.

The chicken is then coated in flavour-packed coating and fried to crispy perfection.

They’re amazing as they are, but I do like a sauce, so I’ve included a simple little sticky-spicy sauce in this recipe for dunking your chicken lollipops into.

How to cut the chicken

Full recipe with detailed steps in the recipe card at the end of this post.

4 image collage showing how to make 2 chicken lollipops from a chicken wing. The prep is taking place on a red chopping board. There is an instruction box for each step.
  1. Take one of the chicken wings and cut it into three pieces – slicing at the joints. Discard the pointy tips of the wings.
  2. Take the smaller of the two remaining pieces and carefully cut the meat around the bone at the thickest end. You don’t want to cut any meat off, you just want to detach it from the bone at one end.
    • Push the chicken flesh down the two bones, using your fingers until the meat is pushed down to the end. It takes a little bit of effort, and you may need to carefully use your knife a couple of times to detach any meat you can’t push down.
  3. Once the meat has been pushed down the two bones, the smaller bone can be removed. Simply pull and twist the smaller bone and it will come free.
  4. Take the larger piece of the chicken wing you cut earlier and cut the chicken away from the bone – this time at the thin end. Push the chicken flesh down using your fingers until the meat is pushed down to the end.

Once the chicken has been prepared, we coat the chicken and fry it up.

**See recipe card at the bottom of this post for full instructions**

👩‍🍳PRO TIP Try to stand the chicken lollipops up in the oil for the first minute or two, when you cook them. This firms up the flesh, to give a nice bulbous lollipop shape. After a minute or two, you can let them fall onto their sides so continue cooking all the way through.

Chicken lollipops arranged in a circle on a blue plate with a dipping bowl of sticky spicy sauce int he middle. The lollipops and sauce have been sprinkled with chopped spring onions and the plate is in a wooden table next to a blue napkin.

🍽️ What to serve it with

Why not serve up as part of a Chinese-style buffet with:


Wrap the tips of the wings in a little foil for a cute finish. This also helps to prevent greasy fingers!

Chicken lollipops, standing up on a piece of white baking paper that's decorated with newspaper-style writing. The lollipops have been wrapped in foil at the ends and they're next to a small light bowl of a dark dipping sauce.

Just look at that sticky drippy sauce 😍

A plate of chicken lollipops with a bowl of spicy dipping sauce. on a wooden table. One of the wings is being dipped into the sauce and is dripping. The wing is being held by fingers with pink-painted fingernails.

Close up side image of chicken lollipops arranged in a circle on a blue plate with a dipping bowl of sticky spicy sauce int he middle. The lollipops and sauce have been sprinkled with chopped spring onions and the plate is in a wooden table next to a blue napkin.

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Crispy Chicken Lollipops

These chicken lollipops, served with a sticky, sweet and spicy dip make a fun and interesting appetizer or party food.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 20 lollipops
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Indo-Chinese

Ingredients

Chicken Lollipops:

  • 10 whole chicken wings about 900g/2lbs
  • oil for deep frying approx. 500ml or a little over 2 cups
  • 60 g (1/2 cup) cornflour (cornstarch in USA)
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 60 g (1/2 cup) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 1 tbsp Chinese rice vinegar
  • 120 ml (1/2 cup) cold water

Chilli Honey Sauce:

  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sriracha chilli sauce

To Serve:

  • 3 spring onions (scallions) finely sliced

Instructions 

  • Take one of the chicken wings and place it on a secure cutting board. Using a sharp knife, carefully cut the wing into three pieces – slicing at the joints. Discard the pointy tips of the wings.
    10 whole chicken wings
  • Take the middle piece of the wing and carefully cut the meat around the bone at the thickest end. You don’t want to cut any meat off, you just want to detach it from the bone at one end.
  • Push the chicken flesh down the two bones, using your fingers until the meat is pushed down to the end. It takes a little bit of effort, and you may need to carefully use your knife a couple of times to detach any meat you can’t push down.
  • Once the meat has been pushed down the two bones, the smaller bone can be removed. Simply pull and twist the smaller bone and it will come free.
  • Take the larger piece of the chicken wing you cut earlier and cut the chicken away from the bone – this time at the thin end. Push the chicken flesh down using your fingers until the meat is pushed down to the end.
  • Repeat with the remaining wings. You should have 20 chicken lollipops altogether.
  • Preheat the oven to its lowest setting – this is for keeping the wings warm, as you’ll need to cook in two batches)
  • Heat the oil over a medium heat in a large, thick-based pan that is suitable for deep frying, until it reaches 175C/350F. Alternatively, you can use a deep-fat fryer.
    oil for deep frying
  • While the oil is heating, mix the cornflour, baking powder, garlic salt, pepper, and paprika together in a large bowl.
    60 g (1/2 cup) cornflour (cornstarch in USA), 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp garlic salt, 1/2 tsp ground black pepper, ½ tsp paprika
  • Place the chicken wings in the bowl and toss to coat them evenly in the coating. Remove the wings from the bowl and place on a plate.
  • Add the flour, rice vinegar, and water to the remaining cornflour that’s left in the bowl and mix, using a balloon whisk until combined. This gives us the second coating for the chicken.
    60 g (1/2 cup) plain (all-purpose) flour, 1 tbsp Chinese rice vinegar, 120 ml (1/2 cup) cold water
  • Dip a chicken wing in the wet batter and turn to coat. Allow any excess batter to drip off and carefully add to the hot oil to deep fry.
  • Repeat with the remaining wings. You should be able to cook up to 10 chicken wings at a time if your pan is large enough.
  • Cook for 6-8 minutes, moving the chicken around in the pan a couple of times to prevent it sticking together.
  • Once cooked, remove the chicken from the oil and place on a baking tray and place in the oven to keep warm, while you cook the second batch.
  • Repeat with the remaining wings.
  • Whilst the chicken lollipops are cooking, make the sauce by adding all of the sauce ingredients, to a small saucepan.
    1 tbsp minced ginger, 4 tbsp honey, 3 tbsp light brown sugar, 4 tbsp dark soy sauce, 2 tbsp sriracha chilli sauce
  • Stir together and bring to the boil. Turn down the heat and allow to bubble gently for 2 minutes, then turn off the heat.
  • Place the chicken lollipops on a tray or plate. If you like, you can wrap the very ends of the bones in a little foil.
  • Serve the chicken lollipops with the sauce and garnish with a sprinkling of chopped spring onions (scallions).
    3 spring onions (scallions)

Notes

Can I air fry instead of deep frying?
You won’t get the quite the same crispness and golden colour, but you can air fry the lollipops and they’ll still be pretty crispy.
If you want to air fry the lollipops, only coat in the dry coating (don’t add the plain (all-purpose) flour, rice vinegar and water). 
Once the lollipops are coated in the cornflour coating, spray them liberally with spray oil, then air fry them (stand them up if you can) at 200C/400F for 20-25 minutes, until completely cooked through. Be sure to move the wings around the air fryer basket a couple of times during cooking.
Other sauces for dipping:
Note on nutritional information:
Nutritional information is approximate, per chicken lollipop – not including the sauce.
I’ve estimate that approx. 5ml (1 teaspoon) of oil is absorbed for each lollipop during the frying process. This is just an educated guess.
The sauce works out to be approx 460-500 calories for the whole thing.

Nutrition

Calories: 118kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 135mg | Potassium: 53mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.01g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    Great recipe…thanks. Luv wings of all types and flavours. Korean, American, Chinese, you name it.
    Cheers!