Mini Chicken and Waffles

Mini chicken and waffles recipe

The Spruce / Ulyana Verbytska

  • Total: 60 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Servings: 12 servings

Mini chicken and waffles are excellent as a passed hors d'oeuvre, party appetizer, or a fun brunch buffet item.

As a twist on the well-loved American dish of fried chicken served on top of a stack of waffles and flavored with hot sauce and maple syrup, this recipe is designed to satisfy comfort food cravings in a bit more elegant way.

Buttermilk and Panko-crusted chicken tenders are secured on top of small pieces of fluffy buttermilk waffles with toothpicks. Parmesan shavings add a touch of nutty depth and saltiness, and a generous drizzle of hot honey rounds off the flavors and introduces a spicy kick. If you cannot find prepared hot honey making your own is as easy as folding hot red pepper flakes into your favorite honey.

With only a few simple ingredients, easy to follow steps, and the help of a waffle iron, even a kitchen novice can successfully tackle these delicious bites. The recipe for the waffles yields about a dozen regular-sized waffles. Cut into mini pieces only as many of them as you need and freeze the rest. Once frozen they are perfect for the toaster when you need a quick breakfast.

It is absolutely acceptable to prepare the stacks of mini chicken and waffles in advance and to heat them up in the oven for a couple of minutes just before garnishing with Parmesan shavings and hot honey and serving them.

Ingredients

  • For the Waffles:
  • 2 cups flour (cake or pastry flour recommended)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Cooking oil or oil spray (for greasing waffle iron)
  • For the Chicken:
  • 2 quarts cooking oil (for frying)
  • 1 lb. thinly sliced chicken breast
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups Panko
  • For the Garnish:
  • 4 oz. solid piece of Parmesan cheese (Parmigiano-Reggiano recommended)
  • 1/3 cup hot honey (or 1/3 cup honey + red pepper flakes, to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for mini chicken and waffles
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  2. Preheat the waffle iron according to the manufacturer's instructions and preheat the oven to 200 F.

    Preheat waffle iron
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  3. In a large bowl mix together the dry ingredients for the waffles.

    Mix together dry ingredients
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  4. In a small bowl, beat the eggs and stir in the melted butter, the buttermilk, and the vanilla extract.

    Beat eggs
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  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Do not use a mechanical mixer or over mix.

    Add wet ingredients
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  6. Grease the waffle iron with your cooking spray or oil and, using a measuring cup, add the recommended amount of waffle mix to each slot (again, per the manufacturer's instructions, as each waffle maker may be able to handle a different amount of waffle batter). Cook until the waffles turn golden on both sides, then remove and cut them into small bite-sized pieces. Place them in the oven to keep warm until ready to serve. Repeat with the remaining batter.

    Make waffles
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  7. In a deep heavy-bottomed pan over medium-high heat bring the cooking oil to 375 F. Prepare a paper towel-lined baking sheet for the fried chicken.

    Take temperature
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  8. While the oil is heating, slice the chicken breast into bite-size pieces to roughly match the size of the mini waffles.

    Slice chicken breast
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  9. Prepare three bowls - one with flour, one with buttermilk, and one with Panko bread crumbs.

    Prepare three bowls
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  10. Coat each piece of chicken in flour (shake of excess), then buttermilk, and finally in Panko.

    Coat each piece of chicken
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  11. Fry in small batches for 6 to 8 minutes. Place on the paper towel-lined baking sheet.

    Fry in small batches
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  12. Assemble the mini chicken and waffles onto a serving platter by securing the chicken pieces onto the waffles with toothpicks.

    Mini chicken and waffles
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  13. Using a potato peeler, shave off Parmesan bits and garnish. Drizzle with hot honey and serve.

    Waffles and chicken
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