Feb 10, 2016

Fried Chicken and Waffle Wings with Bourbon Maple Syrup

Prep Time: 1 hr
Cook Time: 40 mins
This dish brings the sweet and savory combination of fried chicken and waffles into one bite.

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Chicken & Waffle Wings with Bourbon Maple Syrup

This dish brings the sweet and savory combination of fried chicken and waffles into one bite. The first rubbed with a spice mixture then the wings are dipped in buttermilk and then dredged in ground waffles before they are fried to a golden brown and then drizzled with bourbon maple syrup.

 They may look like your average wings but the waffle bits crisp up and form a crunchy outer shell that keeps the meat tender and juicy. The boozy maple syrup gives it a rich flavor while the rub gives it just a hint of spice. I would eat these for just about every meal if I could.

chicken and waffle wings ingredients

fried chicken and waffle wings with bourbon maple syrup

Chicken & Waffle Wings with Bourbon Maple Syrup

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Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 40 mins
Serves 6


  • 2 pounds chicken wings
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cups maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • vegetable oil, as needed, for frying
  • 4 medium waffles, made fresh or frozen
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 ½ cups cornstarch


  • Split the wings at the joint into wingettes and drumsticks, then discard the wing tips or use for stock. In a small bowl whisk together the paprika, cayenne, onion powder, garlic powder, ancho chili powder, salt and pepper.
  • Rub the wings thoroughly with the spice mix and arrange the chicken in a container or on a platter, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour or overnight.
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the maple syrup, bourbon and cinnamon. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture has thickened, about 15 minutes. Let cool and set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, heat 2 inches of oil to 350°F (180ºC). In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade, finely grind the waffles. Add the buttermilk to a medium bowl and in another medium bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and ground waffles.
  • A few wings at a time, dip in the buttermilk mixture then in the cornstarch and waffle mixture. Fry, turning once, until the wings are deep golden brown and cooked through, about 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer the wings to paper towels to drain while frying the remaining wings.
  • Once all of the wings have been fried, arrange them on a platter and drizzle the maple syrup mixture over the top. Serve immediately.



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