RECIPE: Fried Chicken & Waffles (new one on us!)

So the delightful @LadyCarrieAnne over on Twitter asked us if we had a pic of fried chicken and waffles. “What?”, we asked, “On the same plate?”.

Apparently it’s a thing, so we went looking. Turns out not only is it a thing, it’s a delicious thing and it’s a thing that can be done in many, many ways!

I’m going to start you off with the classic way though – fried chicken and waffles with maple syrup – courtesy of 12tomatoes.com. Sounds bizarre, looks amazing and soon I hope to be able to tell you how it tastes (or you can tell me!).

Fried Chicken & Waffles

FreidChicken & Waffles with Maple Syrup

Image Credit: 12 Tomatoes

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 8 assorted, bone-in pieces of chicken (wings, thighs, drumsticks)
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup cornmeal
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • vegetable oil, for frying

Waffles

  • 3 cups waffle mix of your choice
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • maple syrup, garnish
  • butter, garnish
  • waffle iron

Method

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together buttermilk and Worcestershire sauce.
  2. Place chicken pieces in a large, Ziploc bag, then pour buttermilk into the bag, seal it and refrigerate for 2-8 hours, or overnight.
  3. Combine flour, cornmeal, cornstarch, salts, paprika, onion powder and pepper in a paper bag and shake well.
  4. Pour mixture into a shallow bowl or dish and set aside.
  5. Heat 1-2 inches of vegetable oil in a heavy-bottomed pot or skillet until it reaches 375 degrees F (190 C/Gas Mark 5).
  6. Remove chicken from buttermilk mixture and dredge both sides in seasoned flour mixture.
  7. Carefully drop chicken pieces in frying oil and cook for about 10 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked through. Don’t overcrowd the pan.
  8. Use a slotted spoon to transfer chicken to a paper towel-lined plate. Cover with aluminum foil.
  9. To prepare waffles: preheat waffle iron and combine waffle mix with water, vegetable oil, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix well.
  10. Once completely incorporated, spoon 1/4 cup of batter into waffle iron and cook according to packaging directions, or until golden brown.
  11. Serve with butter and maple syrup, with fried chicken on top.

What do you think? Something you’d like to try? There are many variations – one that uses gravy (but American gravy…the white stuff!). Standard Southern fayre. I think it’s an exciting combination that you can get really creative with, so a huge thanks to Carrie-Anne for bringing it to or attention!