Chicken lollipops with orange flavoured sauce

Chicken lollipop is an Indo-Chinese appetizer and is made from chicken wings. You can make chicken lollipop according to your taste and you can add your own spices. This dish is in a dry form and it can be eaten as a starter or any time you want. In this recipe, I have marinated the chicken with some sauces and other ingredients and fried directly. Unlike my other recipes, I fried the lollipops directly with the marinade instead of dipping the lollipops in a batter and frying it. I just wanted to have a different taste and texture.

I prepared sweet and sour sauce made with orange juice (Tropicana brand). You can use any readymade orange juice but not the sugary one. This orange sauce is different and goes well with any fried dish. I had a few chicken wings and I prepared chicken lollipops with them. I used about 6 to 7 chicken lollipops for this dish.

See how to make the chicken wings into lollipops.

Ingredients

  • Chicken lollilops - 6 to 7
  • Marinade

  • Soya sauce – 1 tsp
  • Vinegar – 1 tsp
  • Egg – 1
  • Ajinomoto – 1/4 tsp
  • Pepper powder – 1/4 to 1/2 tsp
  • Chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Corn flour – 3 tbsp
  • Maida (plain flour) – 2 tbsp
  • Chilli sauce – 2 tbsp
  • Colour (orange, biryani colour) - optional
  • Salt - as per taste
  • Sauce

  • Oil – 1 1/2 tbsp
  • Onion (small, chopped) – 1/2
  • Spring onion (chopped) – 1
  • Garlic (chopped) – 2
  • Green chilli (chopped) – 1
  • Salt - as per taste
  • Sugar – 1 1/2 tsp
  • Orange juice – 200 ml
  • Chilli powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Tomato ketchup – 3 tbsp
  • Vinegar – 1 tsp
  • Pepper powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Corn flour starch – 1/3 cup (1 tsp corn flour + 1/3 cup water)

Method

  • Chop spring onion, onion and green chilli finely. Keep it aside.
  • Marinating and frying

  • Take a bowl and put all the ingredients for the marinade. Mix well. Check the seasoning. Add chicken lollipops into it and mix well. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Take the marinated chicken lollipops about 1/2 hour in advance before frying. Be careful in adding salt as soya sauce has a good salt content.
  • If you want, you can deep fry directly with the marinade. It will give you a crispy texture.
  • Heat sufficient oil and when it is hot, drop chicken lollipops in oil very carefully and fry it on medium heat. It will take 10 to 12 mins to cook. Cook until the chicken is cooked well.
  • Never fry the chicken on a very high heat. Otherwise, it will become dark soon and the inside will not be properly cooked.
  • Place the chicken lollipops in a kitchen towel/paper to get rid of the excess oil.
  • At this stage you can even serve this as is.
  • Orange flavoured sauce

  • Preheat any vessel, add oil and when hot add onions, spring onions and garlic. Saute for a few minutes until they are soft and transparent. Do not brown them.
  • Add green chilli and saute for another 30 secs. Add orange juice and cook on medium heat for about 3 mins.
  • Add tomato ketchup, sugar, vinegar, chilli powder, pepper powder and salt. Cook on medium heat for another 3 to 4 mins.
  • Add few more green spring onions (only green part) and simmer for 5 to 7 mins or until the sauce thickens lightly.
  • Stir in between. Check the seasoning and adjust if needed.
  • At this stage you can add cornstarch and cook for 2 mins or you can avoid adding it like me. Switch off the heat.
  • Pour the orange flavoured sauce over the chicken lollipops and serve.

Notes

  • The spring onions which I get in the market is very long and thick. You can use 2 or as per your spring onion size.
  • Do not turn the chicken pieces quickly. Otherwise, the coating will get separated from the chicken pieces.
  • I have used Tropicana orange juice. You can use any fresh orange juice with no sugar content.

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