How To Prepare Mini Chicken and Waffles

It is absolutely acceptable to prepare the stacks of mini chicken and waffles in advance and to heat them up in the oven for a couple of minutes just before garnishing with Parmesan shavings and hot honey and serving them.


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:

  • 4ounce 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

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for mini chicken and waffles
  2. Preheat the waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s instructions and preheat the oven to 200 F.

    Preheat waffle iron
  3. In a large bowl mix together the dry ingredients for the waffles.

    Mix together dry ingredients
  4. In a small bowl, beat the eggs and stir in the melted butter, the buttermilk, and the vanilla extract.

    Beat eggs
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Do not use a mechanical mixer or over mix.

    Add wet ingredients
  6. 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.

    Make waffles
  7. 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.

    Take temperature
  8. While the oil is heating, slice the chicken breast into bite-size pieces to roughly match the size of the mini waffles.

    Slice chicken breast
  9. Prepare three bowls – one with flour, one with buttermilk, and one with Panko bread crumbs.

    Prepare three bowls
  10. Coat each piece of chicken in flour (shake of excess), then buttermilk, and finally in Panko.

    Coat each piece of chicken
  11. Fry in small batches for 6 to 8 minutes. Place on the paper towel-lined baking sheet.

    Fry in small batches
  12. Assemble the mini chicken and waffles onto a serving platter by securing the chicken pieces onto the waffles with toothpicks.

    Mini chicken and waffles
  13. Using a potato peeler, shave off Parmesan bits and garnish. Drizzle with hot honey and serve.

    Waffles and chicken

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