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
- 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
- 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
- In a medium bowl, stir together buttermilk and Worcestershire sauce.
- Place chicken pieces in a large, Ziploc bag, then pour buttermilk into the bag, seal it and refrigerate for 2-8 hours, or overnight.
- Combine flour, cornmeal, cornstarch, salts, paprika, onion powder and pepper in a paper bag and shake well.
- Pour mixture into a shallow bowl or dish and set aside.
- 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).
- Remove chicken from buttermilk mixture and dredge both sides in seasoned flour mixture.
- 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.
- Use a slotted spoon to transfer chicken to a paper towel-lined plate. Cover with aluminum foil.
- To prepare waffles: preheat waffle iron and combine waffle mix with water, vegetable oil, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix well.
- Once completely incorporated, spoon 1/4 cup of batter into waffle iron and cook according to packaging directions, or until golden brown.
- 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!