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Fried Chicken and Waffles with Hot Sauce Maple Syrup

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.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword buttermilk, cinnamon, fried chicken, hot sauce, maple syrup, waffle
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 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.