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Posted in: Poultry
Prep Time:
25 Minutes
Marinade Time:
3 Hours
Grill time:
30 Minutes

Chicken And Waffles

Yep, you can grill it!

Posted on by Andrea Alden
Chicken And Waffles
Serves 4
Prep Time:
Marinade Time: 3 Hours
Grill time: 30 Minutes
The month of June is National Soul Food Month. I've been wanting to do Chicken And Waffles for a while now, having never tried them, and National Soul Food Month was the perfect opportunity to do so. This meal is by no means, in any way, the least bit healthy. But it is delicious. For added grillitude, once the chicken was fried, I glazed it over direct heat with maple syrup, 'cause, you know, I had to make it more awesome somehow. I truly recommend making this outside if you can. Frying food inside can be a messy business. 
Crunchy chicken, waffles on the side
Crunchy chicken, waffles on the side
Serve with extra maple syrup
Serve with extra maple syrup
Pour that golden sauce on there
Pour that golden sauce on there

Chicken And Waffles

Serves: 4       Total Time: 55 Minutes + Marinade


Buttermilk Brine

  • 3 cups of buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup of kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 clove of garlic, grated


  • 4 chicken quarters, preferably leg sections
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • pinch of salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. poultry seasoning
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 to 3 cups cooking oil
  • 1 cup maple syrup, plus more for serving

Buttermilk Waffles

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter, or oil
  • 2 cups +/- buttermilk
    (enough to make the batter the right consistency)


Step 1
Prepare the chicken by removing the drumstick from the rest of the chicken parts and remove the excess fat and skin. Prepare the brine by whisking the salt, sugar and garlic into the buttermilk in a nonreactive dish. Place the chicken into the brine and refrigerate for 3 hours.
Step 2
Set your waffle iron to preheat. You can use an electric one, or an old time-y cast iron one that you heat on the grill/stove. Prepare the waffle batter by combining the flour, powder, soda, salt, and sugar. Add the egg, vanilla, and oil, then slowly add the buttermilk until you have a batter that is the same consistency as pancake batter, not too thick and not too thin. Make the waffles like you normally would, and set them aside in the grill to keep warm while you make the chicken.
Step 3
Preheat the frying oil in a deep frying pan, on your side burner. While it's heating (and you're keeping one eye on it) combine the salt, pepper, turmeric, garlic, and poultry seasoning. In a separate shallow dish, pour in some more buttermilk. Remove each piece of chicken from the brine, pat it dry with paper towel, and then dredge with the flour mixture. Dunk the dredged chicken into the fresh buttermilk, then dredge it again in flour. Repeat with the remaining chicken parts.
Step 4
Once the oil is hot, around 350°F, place 2 to 3 chicken parts into the oil to fry for about 5 minutes per side. Preheat your grill to 350°F as well, to keep your chicken parts and waffles warm while you cook all of the chicken. PRO TIP: Place a cookie sheet with paper towel over indirect heat so that the chicken will remain warm while draining off excess oil.
Step 5
Once the chicken is all cooked, move it from the paper towel onto direct heat. Brush all sides with pure maple syrup and grill until the syrup caramelizes. About 5 minutes.
Step 6
Serve the chicken with the waffles and additional maple syrup for the most insane meal ever.
Chicken And Waffles is one of the first foods that come to mind when you think Soul Food. Now I had a little trepidation when it came to serving fried chicken with maple syrup, however, I dip my chicken fingers into honey, not honey mustard, but pure honey, so why is this any different? It was amazing. Just saying. Be careful as well not to burn the chicken while glazing it with the maple syrup. The sugar will heat and burn quickly, so pay attention, because the end result is well worth it.  How did yours turn out? What is your favorite Soul Food? Leave a comment and let us know!

As with all deep frying and oil based cooking, please be careful. Remember to have a tight fitting lid for the pot you are using on hand, as well as baking soda just in case of emergencies. Never use water to put out a grease fire in the home or on the grill. 

Happy Grilling!


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