Chicken and Waffles

I've developed a deep appreciation for gloriously fried chicken served atop a golden waffle, an American favorite available at a chain of restaurants known as Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles. Though it might take a bit of time to wrap your mind around this concept, trust me: It's delicious. This version re-creates those great flavors and puts it all, yes, on a stick.

Recipe courtesy of On a Stick! by Matt Armendariz, copyright (c) 2011
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ingredients

CHICKEN:
  • 12 wooden skewers
  • 12 chicken tenders
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp tarragon, minced
  • 1 tbsp thyme, minced
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 3 cups vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper
    WAFFLE BATTER:
    • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
    • 1/3 cup maple syrup
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    Directions

    For the chicken:
    Fold together chicken tenders, buttermilk, tarragon, thyme, and cayenne pepper in a shallow dish until thoroughly combined. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

    Remove chicken mixture from refrigerator. Sift flour, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper into a separate shallow dish.

    Preheat oil in a large cast-iron pan over mediumhigh heat. Thread each tender onto a skewer.

    Once oil reaches 350degreesF, dredge each skewered tender in flour mixture, coating completely and shaking off excess. Dip each back in buttermilk mixture and again in flour mixture, gently shaking off excess.

    In small batches, gently drop skewers into oil and fry about 5 minutes. Flip and fry an additional 3 to 5 minutes, until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and season with salt and pepper to taste.

    For the waffle batter:

    Place all waffle batter ingredients in a large bowl and whisk until no lumps remain. Dip fried tenders in batter, coating completely. In batches, gently drop skewers back into oil and fry about 4 minutes. Flip and fry an additional 3 to 4 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

    Just before serving, brush with a light coating of melted butter and drizzle with maple syrup. Serve warm.

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