Team Giada's Contestant Yvan Lemoine's "Adult Dish: Coconut Chicken Lollipops with Spicy Dipping Sauce" dish for the Star Challenge "SoBe Nikki Beach Family PArty" as seen on the Next Food Network's Star, Season 8.
Recipe courtesy of Yvan Lemoine

Coconut Chicken Lollipops with Tropical Ketchup and Anaheim Chile Sauce

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 9 hr 35 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Inactive: 8 hr
  • Cook: 1 hr 5 min
  • Yield: 4 servings


Mojo Marinade:

Tropical Ketchup:

Anaheim Chile Sauce:



  1. For the marinade: Combine the tangelo juice, olive oil, lime juice, oregano, cumin, garlic, and some salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add the chicken, toss to coat, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and marinate the chicken in the fridge overnight.
  2. For the tropical ketchup: Heat a large skillet over medium heat and the olive oil. Add the garlic and onions and a good pinch of salt. Saute the onions until completely translucent, about 15 minutes. Add the ketchup, mango and citrus juices. Lower the flame and cook, stirring every once in a while, until reduced and thickened. Transfer the mixture to a blender and puree. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt, pepper and vinegar (adding a little more lemon or orange juice if needed) and refrigerate until cold.
  3. For the chile sauce: Char the Anaheim peppers over an open flame or on the grill. Roughly chop the peppers and transfer to a blender.
  4. Heat a large skillet, add the olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add the garlic, onions and habanero peppers and saute, stirring, to caramelize the onions. Transfer the mixture to the blender with the charred Anaheim peppers. Puree everything until smooth. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Transfer the sauce to a bowl and stir in the mayo a little at a time until it tastes just right. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  5. Remove the chicken from the marinade. Coat in the flour, then the beaten eggs, finishing in the coconut.
  6. Fill a deep skillet halfway with vegetable oil and heat over medium-high to 350 degrees F. Fry the chicken lollipops until golden on all sides and cooked through. Drain on paper towels and season with a little salt.
  7. Serve the chicken with the tropical ketchup and Anaheim chile sauce.