Thursday, May 19, 2011

Chicken and Waffles

A few nights ago I was sitting on the sofa with the laptop poking around some of those websites, just at the wrong time Kris walked in, the exchange that took place went like this...

Bryan: (one eyebrow arched) Ooh... Sexy!
Kris: What are you looking at?
Bryan: Nothing sweetie, I'm just poking around on the web..
Kris: What websites?
Bryan: I'm just surfing the web, nothing in particular.
Kris: Epicurious?
Bryan : OK, Food Network but... I mean... look at this video! she mixes chicken stock and maple syrup!  My god, who comes up with this?!?

Kris gave me the arched brow, eyeroll combo that I get sometimes when I act up like that.  Sometimes maybe the foodie stuff gets out of hand, then again who gets to measure that?  I was looking up chicken and waffles on several websites... really what isn't sexy about that?  Let's see you have the savory fried chicken the fluffy waffles the sweet touch of maple syrup and well let's face it there has to be that bit of bacon.  Utter comfort food heaven!

There is quite a bit to this so lets get started.  First I am the only person in my house that likes my food with all the animal parts attached, you know bones and skin bother some people.  Often when I cook chicken or something with the bones in I will quickly filet some between cooking and serving it up.  That being said I decided to bread and pan fry chicken strips for this.

For the Chicken I used two large boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into strips about 3/4 of an inch thick

The Marinate
2 cups buttermilk
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp hot sauce
1 tsp that stuff by the stove*
Marinate overnit

The Flour Mixture
1 1/2 cup all purpose flower
1 TBS salt
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder

When ready to cook preheat to 375 then heat about 1/2 inch of oil in a skillet to 350 pull chicken out 2 or 3 pieces at a time dredge in flour mixture and fry in the oil until golden brown, about 2 -3 minutes on each side.  Put the strips on a well oiled baking sheet, when all of the strips are done put them into the oven for 10 -15 minutes.

The Waffles
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 TBS white sugar
1 tsp salt
2 cups milk
2 eggs
2 TBS melted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract

In a large bowl mix dry ingredients together then add milk, eggs, butter and vanilla, mix well.  Spray a pre heated waffle iron with pan spray then cook waffles to golden brown.

The Bacon
Well I won't be insulting cook it the way you like it...

When it is time to serve plate it up and be ready for brunchie comfort food satisfaction.  Like I said above the crispy chicken, fluffy waffles and bacon with that touch of maple syrup work so well together...  Well just give it a try!

*I know a lot of people that keep that container of seasoning by the stove Paula Deen calls hers "house seasoning"  me, I call mine "that can of stuff by the stove" it is 1 part black pepper, 1 part garlic powder, 2 parts table salt.  Sometimes I will add a little chili powder or paprika to it but it is just my go to seasoning for whatever is cooking.


  1. WOW Bryan. A part of me wants to say what the?? but another part (larger part) is salivating over fried chicken, bacon waffles and syrup!


  2. I'm not sure I get the combination, but I'm willing to give it a try!

  3. Fried chicken and waffles! You can't get more southern than this! Looks gorgeous, Bryan!

  4. I've only heard great things about this combination, and I know where I'm going to turn when I want to give it a try. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe with me, Bryan. It looks amazing (as all of your food does!)

  5. The universe must have been lining up for this to happen, we just got a waffle maker. This is on my list of things to make.

  6. WOW this looks great! One of my favorite diners serves this combo with strawberry butter and maple syrup with a dash of hot sauce. YUM