Chicken & Waffles
We were both surprised by this, neither of us had ever tried chicken and waffles and thought it might be kind of bad. Totally amazing. I’m going to be stuck making this on a monthly basis. In searching for recipes, most used freezer waffles or frozen chicken or both. I refused to cheapen my first experience with a new food, so I opted for both from scratch.
Vegetable oil, for shallow frying
1/4 cup hot sauce
1 large egg, lightly beaten
8 chicken tenders (about 1 pound)
3/4 cup instant flour (such as Wondra)
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 scallions, sliced, plus more for garnish
1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
4 buttermilk or Belgian-style frozen waffles (recipe below)
Maple syrup, for serving
Heat about 1 inch of oil in a large cast-iron or heavy-bottomed skillet over high heat. Whisk the hot sauce and egg in a medium bowl; toss the chicken in the mixture to coat.
Combine the flour, poultry seasoning, and salt and pepper to taste in a medium bowl. Set aside 3 tablespoons seasoned flour in a separate bowl; dredge the chicken in the remaining seasoned flour until coated, shaking off any excess.
Place the chicken in the hot oil and fry until golden and cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side, turning once. Transfer to a rack to cool slightly; discard the oil.
Melt the butter in the same skillet and whisk in the reserved seasoned flour until smooth. Whisk in the scallions, then slowly pour in the broth. Bring to a simmer, whisking until the gravy is smooth. Meanwhile, toast the waffles.
Place a waffle on each plate and drizzle with maple syrup. Top with chicken and gravy and garnish with scallions.
- 1 eggs
- 7⁄8 cup milk (I particularly like canned evaporated milk for some of it)
- 1⁄4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup all-purpose flour (you can substitute wheat germ for 1/4 cup of white flour)
- 1⁄2 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1⁄2 teaspoon maple extract (optional)
- Mix all dry ingredients together using a large whisk.
- Mix the wet ingredients together.
- Gently combine but don’t overmix.
- Cook as your waffle maker directs.