Cajun Glazed Chicken Lollipops on Sweet Potato Hay
 
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A big time-saver is to find the drumettes, the thick first section of a chicken wing that resembles a drumstick that are already cut and packaged together. Most supermarkets sell them separately from the wings.
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
Chicken Lollipops
  • 2 dozen chicken drumettes
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 1 gallon peanut oil
  • 2 cups rice flour
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
Cajun Wing Glaze
  • ½ cup squeezable butter, such as Parkay
  • ½ cup vinegar-based barbecue sauce, such as Jack Miller’s
  • 3 tablespoons mild hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
Sweet Potato Hay and Garnish
  • 2 Louisiana sweet potatoes, peeled
  • 1 gallon peanut oil
  • ½ cup green onion tops, finely diced
  • ½ cup finely chopped Louisiana pecans
Instructions
Chicken Lollipops
  1. To create the “lollipop,” stand the drumette on its meaty end and while holding the narrow bone end at the top, use a sharp paring knife to cut the flesh away from the bone while pushing and scraping the skin and meat downward to expose the bone. With your fingers, pull the meat over the tip end of the bone and make a plump “lollipop” of chicken. Repeat with the remaining chicken. You can either leave the bone end as is, or take a pair of kitchen shears and snip the end knob of the bone off for a cleaner look.
  2. In a large storage container with lid, add the buttermilk along with all the dry ingredients. Mix well.
  3. Submerge the chicken lollipops in the marinade. Cover and refrigerate overnight or for at least 2 hours.
  4. In a large pot, add the peanut oil and heat to 350ºF.
  5. In a large shallow mixing bowl, mix the flour with all dry ingredients and blend.
  6. In a colander placed over the sink, pour the chicken pieces and buttermilk marinade. Strain the marinade from the chicken and move the still-soaked chicken pieces to a platter. Add the chicken pieces to the flour mixture and coat. Move the floured chicken to a platter.
  7. Working in batches, drop the chicken pieces into the hot oil. Fry until golden brown and remove to a paper towel-lined platter to drain. Finish frying all the chicken and keep warm until serving.
Cajun Wing Glaze
  1. In a large mixing bowl, add all the ingredients and combine. Microwave on high for 2 minutes until the sauce is just warmed through. Keep warm for serving.
Sweet Potato Hay and Garnish
  1. Using a mandoline, julienne the sweet potatoes to long matchstick size.
  2. In a large pot, add the peanut oil and heat to 350ºF. Add the sweet potatoes and fry until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
  3. For serving, mound the sweet potato fries in a shallow serving bowl, platter or skillet. Add the fried chicken pieces to the mixing bowl containing the glaze and shake to coat the chicken. Arrange the chicken lollipops on top of the sweet potato hay and garnish with green onion tops and finely chopped pecans. Serve with ice-cold beer and plenty of napkins.
Notes
I use rice flour for extra crunchy crust, but regular all purpose flour should work as well. The spice level in this sauce is medium so feel free to regulate the heat to your palate. Other sauce variations could be fun to add, and next time I plan to do a Creole mustard version balanced with local honey.
Recipe by Acadiana Table at /2013/12/09/cajun-glazed-chicken-lollipops-on-sweet-potato-hay/