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Getting tired of grilling the same ole chicken drumsticks? Mix up and next time and make chicken lollipops instead.

chicago's best chicken lollipop recipe

Is it chicken or is it a lollipop??

These are called chicken lollipops because, well, they look like a lollipop and are made from chicken drumsticks. The prep is a bit of a pain but they are fun to eat when done and kids love them!

Step 1: Prep the chicken lollipops

Start with regular chicken drumsticks and cut around the bone, right below the meaty part. This will allow you to pull off the skin and cartlige from the thiner part of the drumsticks. After the bone is nice and clean, you can push the meat down some more to make a nice, round, lollipop shaped chicken drumstick.

I linked my Instagram prep video on the bottom so you can see the whole process in action.

After the chicken is prepped and seasoned, it’s ready to hit the grill. I like cooking drumsticks using this handy dandy chicken holder . It allows them to hang and cook evenly on all sides.

For the seasoning, I used Dad’s All Purpose rub , which is awesome on chicken. It’s a great all around rub with a nice sweet aftertaste, but not too sweet.

Dad’s Seasonings

Must have grillin seasonings!

Step 2: Time to grill up some chicken lollipops

Fire up the grill and set it up for indirect grilling. I like to cook these at a higher temperature, which helps get the skin nice and crispy. Set the grill temperature for 375-400 degrees and let these lollipops cook. Don’t forget your meat thermometer, as it’s a must have, especially with chicken. I’m a big fan of the Thermoworks Smoke .

Step 3: Going for the dunk

After the chicken hits 150 degrees internal, which should take about 30-45 minutes, it’s ready to get sauced! Preheat your bbq sauce in a small sauce pan and take the chicken lollipops one by on and dunk them in the bbq sauce. Put them back on the rack and let them continue cooking until they hit 165 degrees internal. This will set the sauce and make nice and sticky.

Remove them from the grill, LET THEM REST A FEW MINUTES and then enjoy! These are always a hit with the family.

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5 from 6 votes

Chicken Lollipops

Tired of the same chicken drumsticks? Make delicious chicken lollipops. Dunk them in your favorite BBQ sauce and enjoy!
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 People


  • 6 Chicken drumsticks
  • 3 tbsp BBQ Seasoning
  • 1 cup BBQ Sauce


  • French the drumsticks by cutting around the bone, right above the meaty part
  • Remove the skin and cartilage from the top part of the bone
  • Season the drumsticks with your favorite BBQ seasoning
  • Set your grill for indirect cooking and set the temperature to 375 degrees
  • Place the drumsticks on the grill, use of the chicken rack is optional
  • Cook until 150 degrees internal, approximately 30-45 minutes
  • Dunk the chicken drumsticks in warmed up BBQ sauce and place back on the grill
  • Cook until the meat registers 165 degrees internal temperature, remove, and rest 10 minutes before serving
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About Maciek

I make easy meals that anyone can replicate at home. I’m not a professionally trained chef, just your average guy that likes to fire up the grill. So follow along and see what’s cooking today!

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  1. 5 stars
    Delicious! I never tried making chicken lollipops until now and I like them more than regular drumsticks. I’m going to make lollipops all the time now. Thanks Grillin with Dad!

  2. 5 stars
    Making chicken lollipops was a game changer! You get good satisfying bites of chicken, the extra work is worth it every time 👍🏻👍🏻