Apr 20, 2016

Fried Chicken and Waffles with Hot Sauce Maple Syrup

Prep Time: 1 hr
Cook Time: 30 mins
This is the ultimate sweet & savory meal. It may sound like an odd combination, but the sweet waffles taste amazing when they are drenched in the spicy maple syrup and eaten with the crispy fried chicken.

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This is the ultimate sweet & savory meal. It may sound like an odd combination, but the sweet waffles taste amazing. Especially when they are drenched in the spicy maple syrup and eaten with the crispy fried chicken. This sweet and savory combination is a specialty at the Los Angeles institution Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles. While there are several different locations around LA it has become a tradition of Aaron and mine to make a stop after USC football games at the Coliseum. We are always tired and hungry after a long day of tailgating with cheap beer so we stuff our faces with sweet waffles and crispy, juicy chicken.

While fried chicken is a Southern food, LA has perfected chicken and waffles.

I had never heard of this combination before eating there and it’s definitely something everyone should try. I still remember the first time I went with a group of friends in college and my friend showed me how to combine the hot sauce into the small dishes of sticky syrup. Roscoe’s has a simple menu but their secret ingredient is adding cinnamon to the waffles. I have eaten the combination at different restaurants now as it gained popularity but my version modeled after Roscoe’s chicken and waffles is still the best version in my opinion!

Fried Chicken and Waffles with Hot Sauce Maple Syrup


What cut should I use for the best fried chicken?

I always recommend to use boneless chicken thighs. In this recipe it’s easier to eat then cutting the meat off of the bone and they are still flavorful and tender. I find that for fried chicken using some form of chicken thighs are best.

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What sets this apart?

  • This fried chicken and waffle recipe is topped with maple syrup spiked with hot sauce. Don’t opt out of using the spicy maple syrup it completes the meal.
  • Adding some cinnamon to the waffle batter adds to the contrast of the sweet and savory flavors. 
  • Need a shortcut? Pick up some good, old Kentucky Fried Chicken and serve over the waffles. Though I prefer the fresh buttermilk fried chicken instead.


Fried chicken and waffles sweetened with a hint of cinnamon and served with hot sauce maple syrup is the ultimate sweet and savory meal

When should fried chicken and waffles be served?

I think this sweet and savory meal makes for a great brunch option similar to fried chicken biscuits. Of course it makes for a great breakfast for dinner or late night meal as well.

Troubleshooting Fried Chicken

  • The chicken is too dark on the outside but raw inside. Your oil is too hot! Check the temperature of your oil with a thermometer. If you don’t have a thermometer then add the end of a wooden stick into the oil. If small bubbles form around the wood then the oil is ready to fry. If it is bubbling hard then the oil is too hot. The crust of the chicken will fry too fast and the inside won’t cook through. This can also happen if you cook the chicken directly from the fridge. The meat is too cold still and won’t cook evenly. 
  • The chicken is oily and takes forever to cook. Your oil is too cold. Take breaks in between batches so the oil can come back to the desired temperature. Every time food is added to hot oil the temperature decreases drastically. Allowing time for it to heat back up again results in an even fry among batches. This could also happen if you are overcrowding the pan when you cook.

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Fried Chicken and Waffles with Hot Sauce Maple Syrup

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Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 30 mins
Serves 6


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
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Vegetable oil, for frying, as needed
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 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 large eggs

For the hot sauce maple syrup:

  • ½ cup maple syrup, warmed
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce, (I use Franks’s Mild Hot Sauce or Tabasco®)


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.

For the hot sauce maple syrup:

  • While the waffles cook, whisk the maple syrup and hot sauce together in a small bowl and set aside.

For serving:

  • Place one or two pieces of chicken on top of a waffle and pour spicy maple syrup over the top of both.



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  1. Assuming these pictures are originally yours, I understand a local business from my location is using them to promote their restaurant. Just thought I’d let you know, I tried to trace them to see if they happened to be stock images but I always came back to this blog.

    • Hi Edgar – thank you so much for bringing this to my attention! Yes, these are all my original photos and I have not given any restaurants permission to use them for any marketing materials. Do you mind sending me an email at [email protected] with the name/ location of the restaurant so I could get in contact with them and sort it out? Thank you so much for looking out for me, I really appreciate it.