Chicken and Waffles

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Chicken for breakfast?! Oh yeah! Chicken and Waffles is a classic comfort food breakfast, and we’re showing you the best way to make it.

Chicken for breakfast?! Oh yeah! Chicken and Waffles is a classic comfort food breakfast, and we're showing you the best way to make it.

The origins of chicken and waffles are hotly contested. Some think it’s from jazz clubs like the Wells Supper Club in Harlem in the 1930s. To think that the likes of Sammy Davis Jr. or Duke Ellington were enjoying the same dish makes it an instant time traveller, which is probably the coolest part of the dish regardless of its origins.

Others think it’s a classic from the south created by African-Americans. Frying chicken was a classic Sunday dish. This was usually eaten with different types of quick bread like biscuits or corn bread which lends its way into waffles.

Yet others think it could be from the Los Angeles based restaurant, Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles, from the 1970s.

Some even think it’s from the Pennsylvania Dutch which is actually an entirely different type of chicken and waffles than we’re used to. They typically make it with pieces of chicken in a creamy brown gravy rather than frying it. While it’s tasty, when it comes to chicken and gravy, I recommend our Chicken Fried Chicken with a delicious white gravy instead. 

No matter where you think Chicken and Waffles came from, I’m just glad this delicious dish exists.

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Chicken and Waffles

Chicken for breakfast?! Oh yeah! Chicken and Waffles is a classic comfort food breakfast, and we’re showing you the best way to make it.

  • Author: Sam Ellis
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
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Ingredients

Waffles:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 /2 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 and 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Non-stick spray

Chicken:

  • 3 lbs chicken breasts
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 and 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • Vegetable oil
  • Maple syrup, to serve

Instructions

Waffles:

  1. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
  2. Separate egg whites and yolks. Put egg whites in a small bowl and egg yolks in a large bowl.
  3. In bowl with the egg yolks, mix milk, vegetable oil and vanilla extract.
  4. Using a hand mixer or stand mixer with a whisk attachment, beat egg white into stiff peaks.
  5. Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Once combined, fold in the egg whites.
  6. Heat a waffle iron over medium heat. Once heated, spray with non-sticky spray and add in about 1 cup of the mixture depending on the size of the iron and cook through according to waffle iron. Continue until batter is used. Set waffles aside.

Chicken:

  1. Butterfly the chicken breasts lengthwise. Cut each into long strips and set aside.
  2. While the chicken is resting, combine buttermilk and egg in one bowl, whisking until incorporated.
  3. In another large bowl, sift together flour, paprika, salt, garlic powder and pepper.
  4. Line a large plate with paper towels.
  5. Heat a 12” skillet with high edges over medium high heat with vegetable oil filling the skillet about 1/2” full. Use a thermometer to determine when the oil reaches 350°F.
  6. While the vegetable oil is heating, dip chicken pieces in dry mixture, covering entirely, then the wet mixture and back into the dry mixture. Set these aside on another plate until ready to fry.
  7. Carefully place chicken in the vegetable oil, not crowding the skillet. Check the temperature of the oil once the skillet is full and adjust temperature if needed. Cook on both sides about 5-6 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F. Remove from skillet and place on paper towel lined plate.
  8. Serve chicken pieces on waffles and top with maple syrup. Serve warm.

Notes

Waffle Recipe adapted from Allrecipes

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Sam Ellis

Sam blogs at The Culinary Compass where she loves to try new recipes and ingredients from around the world. She thinks trying new dishes and spices is the easiest way to travel! She loves coffee so much that she often goes to bed excited for a fresh cup in the morning.