Chicken and waffles is one of my specialty dishes. It’s a pretty simple dinner, and I’ve also cooked it for guests a few times. People always love it, and it’s especially fun to make for people who’ve never tried the combination before.
In talking with a couple of friends last week who’ve tried my chicken and waffles, we brainstormed the idea of making the waffles out of cornbread, and I had to try it. Typically, I make this with a buttermilk waffle recipe, which I can share another time, but today I’m sharing a different take on the Southern American classic. I hope you try it and enjoy!
6-8 boneless chicken thighs (or breasts if you prefer)
5 minced garlic cloves
1 cup flour
1/2 cup cornflour
1 cup buttermilk
1 tbspn season all (I tend to like cajun mixes)
1/2 tspn salt
1 splash apple cider vinegar
1 tspn oil
oil for frying
Wash your chicken thighs and place in a big bowl. Coat chicken in buttermilk and a splash of apple cider vinegar. Mix, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate while you prepare your waffles (around 20 minutes).
Remove chicken from the refrigerator as you prepare to bread and fry your chicken. Pour 1 teaspoon of oil into a frying pan and heat. Fry your minced garlic until it’s nice and crispy like below.
Begin heating your oil for frying. You can pan fry or deep fry your chicken– I used my deep fryer set to around 175 C (350 F). In a bowl mix fried garlic, flour, cornflour, season all and salt. Take your chicken pieces and dip them in your breading mixture one piece at a time. Place into oil and cook until golden brown. In my deep fryer that was about 6 minutes. One tip my mom taught me for deep frying chicken is that it’s usually done when the chicken begins to float.
Place on a rack to allow excess oil to drain off.
1 1/4 cup cornmeal
1 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tspn salt
1/4 cup melted butter
1 cup milk (or buttermilk if you’d like fluffier waffles)
Mix wet ingredients together, mix dry ingredients together, then combine. Pour into your waffle iron and prepare as normal. I cooked mine around 4 minutes. (Alternatively, to make cornbread muffins, grease a muffin tray, fill each cup 3/4 full and bake at 200 C for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Yum!)
Putting it all together!
I typically serve my chicken and waffles topped with a heap of coleslaw and rocket, and sweet chilli sauce and hot sauce as sauce options. It’s very filling, very easy, and is sure to impress! I hope you enjoy!