Chicken and Waffles

Chicken and Waffles Recipe

Kristina Vanni

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 65 mins
Servings: 8 chicken and waffles
Yield: 8 chicken and waffle
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
892 Calories
52g Fat
62g Carbs
46g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 892
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 52g 66%
Saturated Fat 15g 77%
Cholesterol 265mg 88%
Sodium 1273mg 55%
Total Carbohydrate 62g 23%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 46g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 239mg 18%
Iron 5mg 29%
Potassium 658mg 14%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Chicken and waffles are a an iconic American dish with the perfect flavor combination of sweet with salt and spice. The crisp texture of the fried chicken pairs perfectly with the soft fluffy waffles. They can be topped simply with a drizzle of maple syrup or honey to a sticky sweet finish. If you are serving chicken and waffles for dinner they can be served with some cooked greens or even some pickle slices to add some tang to the meal.

Some say chicken and waffles were created at the Wells Supper Club in Harlem in the 1930's to feed hungry jazz musicians after their sets ended between dinner (fried chicken) and breakfast (waffles). Others claim the history of this dish goes back much further to the 1800's in the South, or even as far back as the 1600's with the Pennsylvania Dutch. Even if it is hard to pinpoint the exact origin of this uniquely American dish, it is a stick to your ribs meal that is unforgettable.

Ingredients

Fried Chicken

  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

  • 2 cups buttermilk

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • vegetable oil for frying

Buttermilk Waffles

  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk

  • 2 large large eggs

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter

  • Nonstick cooking spray

To Serve:

  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Chicken and Waffles Recipe

    Kristina Vanni

  2. Place the chicken thighs in a large bowl and cover with the 2 cups of buttermilk. For extra-spicy fried chicken, add a few dashes of hot sauce into the buttermilk.

    Chicken and Waffles Recipe

    Kristina Vanni

  3. Cover with plastic wrap and soak in the fridge overnight or up to 24 hours. The next day when you are ready to fry the chicken, remove the bowl from the fridge and let it sit on the counter for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 250 F.

    Chicken and Waffles Recipe

    Kristina Vanni

  4. In a large bowl combine the flour, seasoned salt, paprika, pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper.

    Chicken and Waffles Recipe

    Kristina Vanni

  5. Heat 1 1/2 to 2 inches of vegetable oil in a deep skillet over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 365 degrees F.

    Chicken and Waffles Recipe

    Kristina Vanni

  6. Lift the chicken thighs out of the buttermilk and thoroughly coat each chicken piece with the flour mixture, pressing extra flour mixture onto the chicken if necessary. Reserve the floured pieces on a tray. At this point, you can set the tray in the lowest part of your refrigerator, uncovered so the batter can set until ready for frying.

    Chicken and Waffles Recipe

    Kristina Vanni

  7. Add the chicken to the oil 3 or 4 pieces at a time. Make sure they aren't sticking together. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes, turning occasionally, or until the chicken is crisp and cooked through. Monitor the oil temperature and adjust as necessary to make sure the chicken doesn't burn.

    Chicken and Waffles Recipe

    Kristina Vanni

  8. Transfer the fried chicken pieces to a baking sheet and place in the preheated oven to keep warm while you make the waffles.

    Chicken and Waffles Recipe

    Kristina Vanni

  9. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

    Chicken and Waffles Recipe

    Kristina Vanni

  10. In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and eggs.

    Chicken and Waffles Recipe

    Kristina Vanni

  11. Whisk the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture until a batter is formed.

    Chicken and Waffles Recipe

    Kristina Vanni

  12. Whisk in the butter until incorporated, being careful not to overmix the batter.  

    Chicken and Waffles Recipe

    Kristina Vanni

  13. Preheat the waffle iron according to manufacturer's instructions. Pour in enough batter to lightly cover the surface of the iron.

    Chicken and Waffles Recipe

    Kristina Vanni

  14. Close the iron and cook until the waffles are a deep golden brown and slightly crisp, about 3 minutes. Repeat with the remaining batter.

    Chicken and Waffles Recipe

    Kristina Vanni

  15. Remove the fried chicken from the oven and place on top of the hot waffles. Serve immediately with maple syrup or honey.

    Chicken and Waffles Recipe

    Kristina Vanni

  16. Chicken and Waffles Shortcuts

    Feel no pressure to make this masterpiece of a dish all by yourself. Pick one element on which to focus and use frozen waffles or prepared/frozen fried chicken to create a shortcut version.


    • If making the chicken is your favorite part, rely on thick frozen Belgian waffles or even those ones you cannot "leggo."
    • If making waffles are your forte, purchase your favorite prepared fried chicken or frozen fried chicken...nuggets even.