Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Chicken & Waffles



Hola Guapos!! Y'all didn't think I would flee the country for nine days and leave you with nothing to read, did you? I couldn't do that a second time you guys, I love y'all too much for that. So let's get right to it, shall we?

Chicken and Waffles is one of those dishes that sounds kind of wrong, but tastes so right. Whether it's dinner or breakfast is debatable, but what I do know is that it's crispy, and salty, and sweet, and savory, and freakin' awesome! What I don't know, is why after months of having "borrowed" my sister's waffle iron and having made countless waffles for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it took me so long to make this dish. Sometimes, I'm really slow on the uptake...I have to start reading more and watching less Housewives, because I think I'm literally becoming dumber.

I've had chicken and waffles at several restaurants, and my favorite rendition of it so far was NOT at Gladys' and Ron's Chicken n Waffles in Atlanta. In fact, I was really quite disappointed in their rendition, as the chicken was bland and the waffle was just "eh". Adam Richman lied to me..damn you Travel Channel! But the C&W and Miss Shirley's in Baltimore does this dish justice, with a slightly sweet and savory boneless chicken breast and savory waffles, and was what I used as inspiration for my interpretation. What I ended up with something far more amazing than I could've ever expected for my first try. Mmm mmm good!



Chicken & Waffles

Chicken
3 Chicken Breast, boneless and skinless optional
1 Cup Buttermilk
1/2 Tbsp +1 Tsp Moroccan Paprika (or really good quality alternative)
Sea Salt
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1/2 Tbsp Fresh Rosemary leaves, chopped
1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour
1-2 Cups Vegetable oil

Waffles of Insane Greatness via My Life on a Plate
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Prepare Chicken
Season chicken breasts generously with salt, pepper and paprika in a bowl. Pour buttermilk over chicken breast, stir in chopped rosemary, cover and refrigerate. In another bowl, combine flour with black pepper, a pinch of salt, and 1 Tsp of paprika. Set aside.



Prepare waffle batter
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; mix well. Add the milks, vegetable oil, egg, sugar and vanilla and mix well. Let the batter sit for 30 minutes. Turn oven on to 200 degrees.

While waffle batter is resting...
In a large, cast iron skillet, heat vegetable oil until hot*. Remove chicken from buttermilk, shaking to remove excess liquid. Lightly dredge each breast <---[hehe] in flour mixture, shaking to remove excess flour, set on a plate. Carefully add chicken breast to hot oil, putting only what can easily fit in the pan, to avoid crowding. Let fry at least 6-8 minutes on each side, until each side is a deep golden brown.





While chicken is a frying...
Preheat your waffle iron. Depending on the quality of your waffle iron, you may need to coat the plates with oil or non stick spray. If it's anything like mine, lube it up good and well with vegetable oil. Once waffle iron is heated--go check on your chicken. Once it is a deep golden brown on one side, gently flip it over, to cook other side. Only then, should you begin making your waffles. Follow the directions on your waffle iron to cook the waffles. The waffles will likely cook before you're done with the chicken. Place them in a 200 degree oven to keep warm.

Once Chicken is cooked, remove from oil and place on paper towels to absorb access oil. Remove waffles from oven. Place chicken breast over warm waffle, and serve with syrup or honey, and dig in!





So you have noticed this dish was a bit labor intensive. But I promise you, it was worth it. Mmm, waffles!

*You can test the heat by dipping the end of a wooden spoon in the oil. If it bubbles consistently, it's hot enough for frying. Or you could do like me, and use your bloodhound nose to smell to tell if it's hot enough

12 comments:

  1. I will never get this weight off will I? Not with recipes like this around! Enjoy your trip!! Can't wait to see and ready all about it :)

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  2. I've never had chicken and waffles! But I'm with Maddy... I need to lay off it until I drop a few pounds. It's bad enough that we just successfully learned to grill pizza... life-changing, I tell ya.

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  3. This is definitely not a light dish, so I hear you, its defintely something I would only make once or twice a year. And did you just say grilled pizza? Omg, I want some!
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  4. I'll admit, this recipe is a calorie bomb for sure. But I doubt I would make it more than twice a year :)
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  5. Wow. This looks like heaven on a plate. I need to purchase a waffle iron immediately (or perhaps borrow one long term!). And you hit a chord with me and Housewives. I had to cancel my recordings of New Jersey and Orange County. Too much is a bad thing for the brain.

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  6. thanks for sharing this recipe! i definitely have to try it :)

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  7. this looks so good. We really need to get a decent waffle maker. maybe I'll try this over the weekend. I want to try "real" chicken and waffles since having it at ihop.  

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  8. you don't need a fancy wafflemaker, trust, the one I'm using is def a little bajigity, but it gets the job done. And I'm sure whatever you make will be better than the IHOP version, because everything is better when it's homemade 

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  9. This was definitely awesome, so awesome that if it weren't so decadent, I would make it this weekend. And yeah, the first thing I did when I got back was to take all the housewives off my DVR, I'll just watch the reruns casually. But I left my WWHL, cuz I love Andy Cohen. He's totally my friend in my head :)

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  10. rosefromrosedaleJune 2, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    I love your blog and plan on trying this recipe ASAP!!! thanks for the step-by-step instructions and pics - I need those :)

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  11. Thanks Stacy, let me know how it turns out!

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  12. Dave at eRecipeCardsSeptember 3, 2011 at 8:34 PM

    Chicken and waffles... the idea is sweeping the world!  I made mine with a Mole sauce and it was a huge hit.

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