Fried chicken and waffles is one of those dishes that just screams Southern comfort. Whoever invented fried chicken and waffles was equal parts culinary genius and madman, but that creation is a magnificent blend of sweet, heat, salt, and crispiness.
At its most basic, fried chicken and waffles starts with a waffle that's topped with one or more pieces of fried chicken. This seems like a great use for boneless skinless breasts, but all pieces of bone-in chicken seem to be traditional. If that weren’t enough, the chicken and waffles are then covered in maple syrup and hot pepper sauce, which combine to make a dish that gets high marks both for taste and creativity.
Really, fried chicken and waffles are a great thing, but even the greatest dishes can be tweaked here and there. For instance, to make the dish more fork-friendly, the fried chicken can be replaced with chicken fingers that have been specially seasoned to work with the maple syrup. Also, what dish can’t be improved with a little butter? We’ll swap out the maple syrup with the best maple butter you’ll ever have.
Fried Chicken and Waffles with Killer Maple Butter Recipe
The following recipe is the made-from-scratch version where you make everything in the dish (except the hot sauce) yourself. That can be a lot of work, though, so feel free to swap out the waffles in this recipe for store bought waffles. Also, you can buy premade chicken fingers instead of following the recipe below. Still, whatever you do, make the maple butter. It’s totally worth it.
- 2 sticks butter, cut into 1 ounce pieces
- 1 cup maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 2 cups flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1-1/2 tablespoon baking powder
- Non-stick cooking spray
- 3 cups flour (divided)
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups milk
- 4 chickens, cut into strips
- Oil for frying
- Hot sauce
- Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat and let it cook for about 30 seconds so that some of the water evaporates, but not so that it begins to burn.
- Pour in the maple syrup and stir to incorporate. When the maple syrup is hot, add the brown sugar and cinnamon and stir.
- Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl very well with as few lumps as possible. Spray your waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray and make the waffles according to your waffle iron’s instructions.
- Keep them warm in a 250 degree F oven.
- Put one cup of flour in a plastic bag with the salt, pepper, and sugar. Next, mix the remaining two cups of flour with the eggs and milk in a bowl. Stir until you have a smooth batter that should resemble the waffle batter you just made.
- Put the chicken in the plastic bag, 6-8 strips at a time. Shake well and remove from the bag. Repeat until all of the chicken is coated.
- Once all of the chicken is coated in seasoning, dip it in the batter you made and let it get fully submerged. Remove from the batter and let it rest so that the coating can set.
- Heat the vegetable oil to 375 degrees F (or let it get hot over medium-high heat.) You can test your oil’s temperature by putting a small ball of batter into the oil. It should immediately bubble forcefully. If the bubbles are small and not very vigorous, let the oil continue to heat.
- Fry the chicken in small batches for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown on the outside and cooked all the way through. Put on a cooling rack to drain, then keep it warm in a 250 degrees F oven.
To make the full dish:
- Assemble your masterpiece by taking a waffle, topping it with 3-4 strips of chicken, adding a second waffle and topping that with hot sauce and maple butter.
PointsandPrizes.com Keyword: MAPLEBUTTER worth 100 points good through 8/19/10