Never ever have I had fried chicken and waffles. In fact the only person in my family, that I know of that has had them is my husband, and this was just recently.
I have heard the stories of chicken and waffles. How delicious they are and that people love them. So where/who came up with chicken and waffles. I read several conflicting stories about the origin of chicken and waffles. Here’s the run down. Some say that chicken and waffles started in Harlem restaurant in NYC in the 1930’s in small restaurants , I also read that African Americans in the south started the tradition and recipes of chicken and waffles. Then there are the theories that the Pennsylvania Dutch started the chicken and waffles recipe.
Does it really matter???? Probably not!! Because this is wonderfully delicious. As I ate this pairing I kept asking myself what makes this so delicious. I mean who would have ever thought that a piece of fried chicken on top of a waffle covered in syrup would be that phenomenal! As you can tell, I was shocked and totally fell in love with the recipe.
So what’s in this, well I am going to tell you…and then you need to go and make this. Let’s start with the fried chicken recipe, the waffle part is very easy. Here are the ingredients for the chicken.
- 2 tbsp pine nuts
- 1 tbsp cornmeal/corn flour
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp ground paprika
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- 1/2 tsp baking powder (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 tsp black pepper and salt
- 4 chicken cutlets
- olive oil
First off, preheat your oven to 425 degrees. I used my food processor a lot for this recipe. Place the pine nuts, cornmeal in food processor and process.
Mix onion powder, paprika, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, oregano, and thyme, baking powder, almond flour, cheese, and pepper and salt in a small shallow dish or bowl. Put aside.
Combine your buttermilk and egg mixture in another dish. Whisk to blend together.
Next, dip each piece of chicken into the buttermilk mixture and then dunk it into the flour mixture.
Heat olive oil in a deep chicken fryer cast iron skillet until hot. Add chicken to the hot pan and let cook on each side for 3-4 minutes.
Now you have two options here. Once the chicken has cooked on each side for 3-4 minutes you can either place the cast iron skillet into the 425 degree oven or you can continue cooking the chicken on the stove top until cooked throughly through, typically 165 internal temp.
While your chicken is frying up go ahead and start mixing up your waffle mix. I love Namaste Foods and several of their mixes and this is one of them. They whip up extremely fast and are delicious.
So at this point your chicken and your waffles should be ready to assemble. Now, I was very hesitant to try this combination…..in fact I sat and tried to decide how to assemble mine. I got out my syrup (any that you have will be fine) put a waffle on my plate, added a little bit of syrup on top of the waffle and then placed a piece of chicken on top of the waffle with syrup and took a bite. OH my it was fabulous! I never imagined that a waffle with syrup, and fried chicken onto of it would be that tasty, but let me tell you it’s amazing. Try this recipe or go find a restaurant that makes fried chicken and waffles. This is a combination you won’t regret trying at all. We will definitely be having this a lot in our house.