Smoky Fried Chicken and Apple Cider Waffles

Boston Life & Style Blogger, The Northern Magnolia, is sharing her South Meets New England recipe for Smoky Fried Chicken and Apple Cider Waffles. The sweetness of the apple cider waffles and chili smokiness from the chicken and syrup will keep you craving more!

In the theme of this blog, as well as with a lot of my recipes, I am constantly looking for ways to mix styles and traditions from my previous way of life in the south with new learned concepts and ideas from my present life in New England. This recipe for Smoky Fried Chicken and Apple Cider Waffles does just that. Chicken and Waffles is a classic southern dish, but this version incorporates one of my favorite New England staples, apple cider. I also added some heat and smoke to the recipe using a merquén infused maple syrup from my favorite New England maple syrup company, Runamok Maple.


Boston Life & Style Blogger, The Northern Magnolia, is sharing her South Meets New England recipe for Smoky Fried Chicken and Apple Cider Waffles. The sweetness of the apple cider waffles and chili smokiness from the chicken and syrup will keep you craving more!

Although it is a rare treat in our house since I try to generally choose healthier meal options for the week, chicken and waffles is definitely a favorite in our family. I was nervous when I first started making chicken and waffles because I mistook cooking the meal for a lot of work and effort. I quickly realized I was wrong and started trying to perfect a favorite version. You will be surprised at the ease and simplicity of this recipe and should give it a go if you ever thought about making chicken and waffles on your own. There is no more need to wait for a restaurant brunch! 

Boston Life & Style Blogger, The Northern Magnolia, is sharing her South Meets New England recipe for Smoky Fried Chicken and Apple Cider Waffles. The sweetness of the apple cider waffles and chili smokiness from the chicken and syrup will keep you craving more!

I incorporate the merquén (a Chilean chili blend) syrup into both the chicken batter as well as the finishing drizzle of syrup all over the dish before I take a bite. The syrup does have some kick so I just pour a little regular maple syrup over Bennett's portion instead (the addition of the syrup to the chicken batter doesn't make the chicken spicy but just adds the perfect amount of smokiness). One of the elements I am most proud of in this recipe is the Apple Cider Waffle! It makes an incredibly delicious breakfast just on its own and is a fantastic choice when entertaining!

I hope you guys enjoy!

Smoky Fried Chicken and Apple Cider Waffles   (recipe serves 4)

Ingredients-

Chicken-

1 1/2 lbs chicken tenderloins
2 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup Runamok Merquén Infused Maple Syrup (or your favorite chili-infused or spicy maple syrup)
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 Tbsp paprika
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp black pepper
Peanut oil

Waffles-

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
2 eggs
1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 cup fresh apple cider

Some fresh chives at the end to pretty the plate.

Instructions-

1. Begin by making the chicken. Whisk buttermilk and syrup in medium bowl. After washing and drying chicken, add chicken to a large ziplock bag. Add buttermilk-syrup mixture to bag and mix, making sure it is properly covering chicken. Place in refrigerator and allow chicken to soak and least an hour and up to 24 hours.

2. When ready to fry chicken remove chicken from fridge and bring back to room temperature. Heat 1 1/2 inches of peanut oil in a deep skillet over medium-high heat (I use a dutch oven). The oil is ready for frying when it reaches 365-370 degrees, but I just do the wooden spoon test (insert a wooden spoon into hot oil and if oil bubbles around it it's ready). 

3. While oil is heating prepare the dredging mixture by whisking together flour, baking powder, paprika, garlic salt, salt and pepper in dish or medium bowl (I always use a pie plate). 

4. Working in batches cover the buttermilk-syrup coated chicken with the flour mixture and fry 2-3 minutes per side until cooked through. Then place chicken on a wire rack with paper towels underneath to cool.

5. Then begin making the delicious apple cider waffles by preparing your waffle maker and spraying with non-stick spray.

6. Prepare waffle batter by whisking flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg until well combined in large bowl. Then add eggs, vanilla extract and apple cider and continue to whisk until combined. Pour waffle batter into waffle iron in batches and cook according to manufacturer's directions to achieve a delicious golden waffle. 

7. Serve chicken atop waffles and pour on some delicious Merquén Infused Maple Syrup (or regular maple syrup if you can't take the heat). I also like to add some fresh herb like chives to add some color to the plate (I don't like an entire plate of brown food).

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