For the Waffles:
- 2 cups flour, cake or pastry flour recommended
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Cooking oil or oil spray, for greasing waffle iron
For the Chicken:
- 2 quarts cooking oil, for frying
- 1 pound chicken breast
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 cups panko
For the Garnish:
- 4–ounce solid piece of Parmesan cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano recommended
- 1/3 cup hot honey, or 1/3 cup honey + red pepper flakes, to taste
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Preheat the waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s instructions and preheat the oven to 200 F.
In a large bowl mix together the dry ingredients for the waffles.
In a small bowl, beat the eggs and stir in the melted butter, the buttermilk, and the vanilla extract.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Do not use a mechanical mixer or over mix.
Grease the waffle iron with your cooking spray or oil and, using a measuring cup, add the recommended amount of waffle mix to each slot (again, per the manufacturer’s instructions, as each waffle maker may be able to handle a different amount of waffle batter). Cook until the waffles turn golden on both sides, then remove and cut them into small bite-sized pieces. Place them in the oven to keep warm until ready to serve. Repeat with the remaining batter.
In a deep heavy-bottomed pan over medium-high heat bring the cooking oil to 375 F. Prepare a paper towel-lined baking sheet for the fried chicken.
While the oil is heating, slice the chicken breast into bite-size pieces to roughly match the size of the mini waffles.
Prepare three bowls – one with flour, one with buttermilk, and one with Panko bread crumbs.
Coat each piece of chicken in flour (shake of excess), then buttermilk, and finally in Panko.
Fry in small batches for 6 to 8 minutes. Place on the paper towel-lined baking sheet.
Assemble the mini chicken and waffles onto a serving platter by securing the chicken pieces onto the waffles with toothpicks.
Using a potato peeler, shave off Parmesan bits and garnish. Drizzle with hot honey and serve.
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