Indian Chinese Style Lollipop Chicken

Treat your children to a fried chicken drumstick recipe that looks fun to eat and tastes delicious too. Lollipop Chicken is a popular appetiser in Indian Chinese restaurants. The batter guarantees crispy Lollipop Chicken with a crunch on every bite! Lollipop Chicken is seasoned with spices, and is great as an after school or weekend snack, or even lunch. Learn how to french drumsticks. It’s a great summer recipe, and your kids will be asking for them all the time!

indian chinese lollipop chicken frenched drumstick

Watch how to french and make Indian Chinese Lollipop chicken in the video at end of post

You’ll probably think I’m one of the strangest omnivorous homo sapiens because I hate chicken drumsticks. You may close your gaping mouth now, I know it’s weird but I just don’t like them! Reminds me too much of meat…yes I’m saying it loud to myself and know how peculiar that sounds. It works well for everyone though – I never fight for drumsticks, there are always white meat pieces left for me, and my sister or father or friend can always be guaranteed a drumstick. The world balances out.

But Lollipop Chicken is different. I can bear to eat them. Maybe because of the way they are trimmed, maybe because my mom makes them, maybe because they look like elongated mushrooms. I don’t go crazy over them but EVERYONE else who tries them, does! Kiddos and adults alike. My mom would often make them when kids came over or when we went for a picnic. In fact she made this when we went for a picnic while she was visiting. I of course had to get the recipe and share it with you all!

My mother’s version of lollipop chicken is slightly different to regular Western lollipop chicken. They are cut differently and are marinated with spices. This is more the “Desi” (South Asian) version of Lollipop Chicken that you’ll find as an appetiser in Indian Chinese restaurants.

So how do you get the drumsticks to look like lollipops? You “french” the drumsticks. To do this, you hold the drumstick vertically, with the bone facing upwards Now you start cutting around the bone to disconnect all the tendons and tissue. Then you scrape the meat downwards towards your counter top / chopping board (If that is not clear, watch the video for recipe steps at the end of the post or here). You marinate the chicken, make the batter, dip and fry. That’s it! Serve with ketchup, hot sauce or your favourite dipping sauce.

Hope you make these for your kids (or yourself) and let me know how you like them! If you can get a drumstick hater to eat them, I think ANY ONE will love them! Enjoy!

Indian Chinese Style Lollipop Chicken
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Lollipop Chicken is a popular appetiser at Indian Chinese restaurants. Drumsticks are marinated in spices, frenched and deep fried with a crispy batter. Children (and adults) alike will keep asking for these drumsticks! This is my mother's version. 

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Indian Chinese
Servings: 6 drumsticks
Author: Tamara at Foodieverse
  • 6 chicken drumsticks
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp worcestershire sauce (optional)
  • 1 tsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp chilli garlic sauce
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 cup water
  • Oil for deep frying
  1. French the drumsticks. Hold chicken drumsticks vertically with the bone facing upwards. Use a sharp knife and cut around the bone. 

  2. Slide chicken downwards until drumstick looks like a lollilop.

  3. Add all marinade ingredients to drumsticks, mix and marinade for 10 minutes.

  4. Mix all batter ingredients together.

  5. Heat enough oil in deep pan or wok for deep frying.

  6. Dip drumsticks in batter one at a time, holding it vertically and dipping the meat in.

  7. Place drumsticks one at a time, holding drumstick vertically to allow the drumstick to fry and remain vertical. Hold for a minute then let go and fry until done, about 4-5 minutes. Repeat with others (you may fry multiple at once, depending on the size of your pan). 

  8. Drain chicken on paper towel. Wrap ends with foil and serve with your favourite dipping sauce.


Watch how to make Indian Chinese Style Lollipop Chicken 


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