These Honey Garlic Chicken Lollipops are officially here to shake up your Tuesday night meal plan. My kids (and me, let’s be honest) love chicken drumsticks. Something about having my own little handle to convey meaty goodness into my mouth hole just makes me feel like a kid again!
The only problem is that drumsticks are dang messy, which can be fine unless you have a 2 year old who is obsessed with having clean hands all of the time. Which is my current predicament. Luckily, I follow about a million BBQ instagram pages and blogs and I’ve seen these chicken lollipops floating around. I thought I should give them a try! Cleaning the skin and everything off of the bones before grilling made these meaty morsels perfect for hand held consumption.
After watching a few videos (and attempting to duplicate the instructions) I found that using a knife to clean the bones was no fun and super ineffective. I grabbed my trusty kitchen shears, cut all around the bone, and everything just slid right off! I had all of my lollipops prepped in just minutes.
Now that my chicken was the right shape, I needed to add the perfect flavor combo. My kids like sweet, sauce covered drumsticks and I like to be able to actually taste the chicken so I needed a fair compromise. My friend Paul at grillingmontana.com reached out to me about these awesome T-Lish salad dressings that were specifically created to double as meat marinades (HELLO genius! I love double duty ingredients.) I’d been using the Sweet Garlic on my salads at lunch and thought it could be a great addition to add some sweet flavor to my lollipops without overwhelming them. I was right (it happens occasionally) and the marinade worked wonders.
Once everything was marinated and ready to grill, I seasoned the chicken with a little salt and pepper and threw them out on the grill grates. I combined a little more of the dressing, a little bit of BBQ sauce, and a squeeze of honey in a pan to create the sauce. Not too heavy, but sweet and sticky enough to make my kids go crazy. Clean hands and happy little mouths full of yummy chicken. Also, I called them chicken lollipops. So that right there was a solid mom win, because what kid doesn’t want lollipops for dinner?!
Hope you guys give them a go! I was a little intimidated a first, but making the drumsticks into lollipops was way easier than I anticipated. While you’re here, check out the rest of the T Lish dressings (I am loving the Spicy Chipotle on taco salads right now). Go read Tiff’s awesome start up story and give them a follow on Instagram! Yay small business owners!!
**This post was sponsored by T Lish Dressings, but the recipe, images, ideas and opinions are entirely my own. I love that I get the opportunity to promote and share products that I love, created by awesome people who are passionate about what they do. 🙂
Honey Garlic Chicken Lollipops
- 2 lbs chicken drumsticks
- 1 cup T Lish Sweet Garlic Dressing
Honey Garlic Glaze
- 1/2 cup T Lish Sweet Garlic Dressing
- 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
- 1/4 cup honey
- Begin by preparing your chicken drumsticks. Using sharp kitchen shears. cut the skin and connective tissue off of the bone. Press the remaining leg meat on the drumsticks down so about 3 inches of the bone are exposed and the meat is somewhat condensed into a rounded "lollipop" shape.
- Place all of your trimmed lollipops into a large gallon zip top bag and pour in 1 cup of the T Lish dressing. Seal the bag and gently toss to coat all of the drumsticks. Place in the refrigerator and allow to marinate for 6-8 hours.
- When you're ready to cook, start up your grill on Medium heat. You want your temperature to be around 350 degrees.
- Remove your chicken lollipops from the bag and discard the marinade. Season the chicken liberally with salt and pepper or your favorite BBQ rub. Place directly on the grill grate and cook for 30-35 minutes, turning every 10 minutes.
- While your chicken cooks, prepare your glaze. Combine the T Lish dressing, BBQ sauce, and honey in a small sauce pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the ingredients are well combined and the sauce starts to thicken (about 10 minutes). Transfer to a large bowl and allow to cool for a few minutes.
- Remove your chicken lollipops from the grill and place them in the bowl of sauce. Toss to thoroughly coat all of the chicken in the glaze. Return the lollipops to the grill and reduce the temperature to low. Cook for an additional 10 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. F.
- Transfer your chicken to a serving platter and serve with additional honey on the side, if desired.