Fried Chicken and Waffles with Maple Hot Sauce

By Austin Purinton | October 22, 2021 | Meals,Recipes

For the fried chicken:
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 teaspoon maple sugar
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken tenderloin
Vegetable oil, for frying, as needed
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1½ cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon cornstarch

For the cinnamon buttermilk waffles:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups buttermilk
½ cup unsalted butter, melted
2 eggs

For the hot sauce maple syrup:
½ cup maple syrup
2 teaspoons hot sauce

For the Fried Chicken:
In a small bowl, combine the salt, pepper, paprika, garlic, onion powder and cayenne. Season the chicken breasts with the mixture and place in a medium bowl. Let the chicken marinate in the spices for at least an hour.
Fill a large frying pan halfway with vegetable oil. Heat the oil to 350ºF.
Whisk the buttermilk and egg together in a medium bowl. In a shallow bowl stir flour and cornstarch together. Once piece at a time, dip chicken in the buttermilk then dredge in the flour mixture. Fry in the oil until the chicken is golden brown on all sides. Remove the chicken from the oil and place on paper towels to drain the excess oil.

For the cinnamon buttermilk waffles:
While the chicken cooks, begin to make the waffles. In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. In large mixing bowl whisk together the buttermilk, melted butter and eggs until thoroughly combined. Slowly stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, until just combined.
Spray waffle iron with vegetable oil cooking spray then spoon the mix into waffle maker until the surface is completely covered and cook until golden brown according to waffle maker instructions. Repeat with remaining waffle batter.

Place waffle and two or three pieces of chicken on top and pour the maple hot sauce on top!