Chicken and Waffles

Here’s a dinner plate that’s simply out of this world.

Lindsey Joy Smith shares her recipe for sweet buttermilk syrup over salty fried chicken and a rich soft waffle.
Fried Buttermilk Chicken
8 chicken tenders
2 c buttermilk
1 Tablespoon hot sauce
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
½ teaspoon of smoked paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon of onion powder
3-4 cups of oil

Combine buttermilk, hot sauce and salt in a Ziplock bag. Add chicken tenders to the bag and remove air. Place in fridge to marinate for at least a few hours or up to a day. When ready to fry chicken, remove the bag from the chicken and let it come to room temperature while preparing the flour mixture. Combine the flour, paprika, garlic and onion powders in a large dish. Remove the chicken from the back and wipe off excess buttermilk. Dredge in the flour. Heat oil in a pot to 375 degrees. Fry 4 tenders at a time for 3 minutes. Check one tender for done-ness, frying a minute longer if chicken is still pink. Remove with a slotted spoon and let rest on wax paper.

When chicken is fried properly, it will remain deliciously crispy long after its been fried. Perfectly fried chicken is crispy on the outside, moist and tender on the inside,, flavorful and will be gobbled up by your fan club the second you turn your back to it. You’ve been warned.

Buttermilk Waffles
2 cups flour
2 Tablespoons of sugar
¼ cup cornmeal
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
½ teaspoon of salt
2 cups buttermilk
½ teaspoon of vanilla
2 eggs
½ cup of butter, melted and cooled

Plug in waffle iron to heat. Combine flour, sugar, cornmeal, baking powder and soda in a bowl. Combine the buttermilk, vanilla and eggs in a separate large bowl. Slowly add the butter to the wet ingredients. Pour the flour into the buttermilk and stir to combine.

Batter will be thick (and delicious.) Prepare hot waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray. Then pour about a cup of batter into your heated waffle iron, depending on the size of your iron. Bake until golden and crispy.

Other waffle recipes require the extra step of whipping and folding egg whites into the batter, which can be tedious if you have a genuine waffle craving. This recipes honors the fact that when you wake up thinking waffles, you really don’t want to wait.

Buttermilk Syrup
1 stick of Butter
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda

Heat the butter, buttermilk and brown sugar in a sauce pot until the butter has melted and the mixture starts to boil. Simmer for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, then remove from the heat. Stir in the vanilla, then the baking soda, which will cause a chemical reaction making the mixture foam up a bit.

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