Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Fried Chicken and Waffles

If you have never had Fried Chicken and Waffles, you just have never lived. This is one of my favorite weeknight meals because it's fairly simple to put together, tastes delicious, and everyone loves it. It's pretty much a one meal dinner. If you like cooking "breakfast for dinner" every now and then, you will love Fried Chicken & Waffles!

**Our Southern Style is a 6-person family so most of my recipes are designed with our family size in mind. Feel free to adjust the recipe to your families needs.


- Badder for your favorite waffles (or if you are in a time crunch you can use frozen - but fresh just taste so much better and really aren't that hard to make. I like to use the recipe on the back of the Bisquick box)

-2 lbs chicken tenderloin (or you can cut chicken breasts into strips)

-1 cup milk
-1/4 cup hot sauce
-1 1/2 cup flour
-1 3/4 teaspoons salt
-3/4 teaspoons pepper
-2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
-6 TBLS Butter
1/4 cup minced onion
-3 cups chicken broth
-peanut oil for frying

- Maple syrup for topping

Let's Get Cookin' 

1. Mix together the milk and hot sauce. Add the chicken and set aside.

2. In a shallow dish, mix the flour, salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning.

3. Dredge each chicken strip in the flour mixture, making sure it's evenly coated. Set the pieces aside and allow to sit for about 20 minutes. This gives the flour mixture time to fully stick to the meat - keeping more of it on the chicken and less falling off during the frying process. Keep the left over flour mixture, you'll need it for the gravy.

I like to sit my floured chicken on a rack over my sink - it makes for easy clean up!

4. While the the strips are resting, in a small sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for about 5 minutes. Next add 1/2 cup of the left over flour mixture and wisk for 2 minutes until smooth. Slowly add the chicken broth, stirring until the gravy thickens. Turn the gravy to low until ready to serve. 

5. In a large frying pan, add enough peanut oil to fill approximately 2 inches full, heating it on medium temperature. Fry each strip of chicken until it is golden and crispy. Set aside and keep warm while preparing the waffles. I like to put my fried strips in a 225 degree preheated oven just to keep them warm while I make my waffles.

Drop a clump of the flour mixture into the oil - if it bubbles immediately when you drop it in, you know the oil is ready to fry the chicken.

6. To put your Fried Chicken & Waffles together, simply take a hot waffle, drizzle it with a light layer of maple syrup, top with several strips of fried chicken, and then top with the hot gravy. Food doesn't get more comforting than this!

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  1. Oh, yum! Really this looks amazing. I know my family will totally love every bit of this. One question: do your kids find the chicken or gravy to be too spicy? Thanks!

    1. Hi Kathryn! Actually it's not spicy at all - you will probably be surprised that that amount of hot sauce doesn't actually spice it up at all - it's really more about adding a little more base flavor and color. The gravy isn't spicy either - all of my kids were asking for more :)