Sunday, 29 June 2014

Chicken and Waffles - A Taste of The Deep South

I have been fascinated by this American classic ever since seeing the legendary global superstar Beyonce share this dish on her Instragram page when she visited a native Texan restaurant all the way back in February 2013. I was fascinated on how an unusual breakfast combination of waffles, something so sweet with meat would work, but it had to work as it's eaten throughout the Deep South, so it must be fabulous. Type in the term chicken and waffles in google there are so many different variations but I decided to develop my own healthier version. Perhaps if I didn't gain weight easily I would have dunked the chicken in a deep fat fryer, but sometimes all the frying can detract from the wonderful moist flavour of the chicken. Anyway, I liked my buttermilk marinaded oven baked version, the marinading from the night before makes the chicken incredibly tender and moist, and the crispiness comes from the flour which the chicken is liberally dunked into. As the oven does all the hard work it leaves you plenty of time to get on with other things. The waffle is simple to make and once paired with the chicken, strawberries and lime marmalade it's a taste sensation which will leave you wanting to make this hearty weekend breakfast over again.
Here is how my chicken and waffles turned out:
Chicken and waffles

Chicken and waffles

Marinaded chicken


Waffle mixture

Batter in the iron.

Chicken and waffles

Recipe for chicken and waffles
2 chicken legs
1tbsp all purpose seasoning
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp paprika
3 tbsp plain flour
A good splash of milk (around 6 tbsp milk)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
3 strawberries
lime marmalade or 2 tbsp golden syrup
waffles can be made in accordance to the instructions a waffle packet mixer or follow a basic waffle batter recipe.

You will need an ovenproof dish and a waffle maker.

Get started the night before, mix the all purpose seasoning, cayenne pepper, paprika and pinch of pepper in a bowl until combined. Pour 1tbsp oil over the 2 chicken legs then evenly share the seasoning between the two legs. Place the chicken legs in the oven proof dish then add the milk and the lemon juice to the oven proof dish. Leave in the dish overnight in the fridge, if it's not possible to marinade overnight leave for as long as possible as the milk makes the chicken tender and moist.

Once the chicken has marinaded, remove the dish from the fridge. Preheat the oven to Gas mark 6. Place the plain flour in a plate and carefully dip the chicken pieces in the flour, ensuring all the chicken is coated with the flour mixture. In another oven proof dish add 1 tbsp oil and place the chicken legs in the dish. Oven bake for 40 minutes, turning over after 20 minutes. Whilst the chicken is cooking and 10 minutes away from being baked, preheat the waffle machine, drizzle a little oil inside the waffle iron and prepare the waffle mixture. Pour the waffle mixture and cook according to the instructions on your waffle iron.  Once the waffle is cooked, carefully remove with a fish slicer and place on your plate. Remove the chicken from the oven and position next to the waffle. Add the strawberries to the plate and drizzle the lime marmalade or golden syrup if using.



  1. I've never had savoury waffles- I always like the look of this dish when I've seen it on US food programmes

  2. It's really nice. I now eat this regularly :-) x


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