Chicken and waffles! The first time I saw this Southern dish was about a decade ago. My mom and I about fell over. What in the world was chicken and waffles about? We had the Internet so we looked it up. Oh, It’s Southern. That’s why.
It was something that my mom had no interest in, and she sure didn’t want to watch me eat it. The idea turned her stomach. I didn’t get interested in trying it for about 10 years. I finally recently tried some, and it’s interesting. It’s not something that I naturally gravitate to, but occasionally? It’s a nice dish.
If you’re curious about how to make some chicken and waffles at home, or you already do know how, and you’re looking for a different recipe, try this one! It even comes with a lovely honey syrup recipe.
This is one of those meals that my mom and dad do NOT agree on. It’s way too heavy for my mom. It’s absolutely something that my dad would enjoy, and that, honestly, he’d need. He’s a farmer. He’ll burn those calories in almost no time at all. He works a minimum of 10 hours a day, and it’s all physical labor. A great way to start the day, or replenish your energy after a long one.
Thanks to the folks at Life Love and Good Food for this wonderful recipe!
- 1 lb. chicken tenders or 2 chicken breasts, cut into strips
- 3/4 cup flour (either all-purpose or self-rising)
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 cups panko bread crumbs
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 tablespoon Sriracha chile paste
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 cups milk
- 2 cups self-rising flour
- 1/3 cup oil
- 2 egg whites, stiffly beaten
- Rinse chicken and pat dry with paper towels.
- Combine flour, onion powder and garlic powder in a shallow dish. In a second shallow dish, whisk together the eggs and water. Place Panko bread crumbs in a third shallow dish.
- Dredge each piece of chicken in the flour mixture, shaking off the excess. Next, dip the chicken into the egg mixture, and then roll in the Panko crumbs. Set aside.
- In a heavy skillet, add about 1/2 inch of oil and heat over medium heat. Fry chicken tenders about 3-4 minutes on each side or until done and golden. Drain well on paper towels. (Heat oven to 200 degrees and keep chicken warm until waffles are cooked.)
- Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and immediately reduce heat to low. Keep warm until ready to serve.
- Preheat waffle maker, first coating irons with baking spray.
- Beat egg whites until stiff; set aside
- Combine all other ingredients in a large bowl and mix at low speed until moistened. Increase speed to medium and mix until smooth. Gently fold in egg whites.
- Cook batter on hot irons, using about 1/2 cup per waffle (or the recommended amount for your waffle iron) until golden, approximately 3-4 minutes.
- Serve waffles topped with 2-3 fried chicken tenders and drizzled with hot honey sauce.