Chicken and Waffles Recipe

Bake crispy chicken, whip up fluffy waffles and top it all with spicy honey. Yum!

By: Elizabeth Stark

If you’ve never had them together before, chicken and waffles may feel like an unlikely combo, but this soul food dish became a classic for a reason –– it’s delicious. For a family dinner at home, breaking out both the waffle iron and the deep fryer can be a bit too much, especially on a weeknight. So here’s a take that makes things a little simpler:

Baked “Fried” Chicken
Makes: 8 pieces
Prep time: 10 minutes
Set time: 30 minutes (or overnight)
Cooking time: 45-50 minutes

2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs*
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided into 1 tablespoon each
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
vegetable oil cooking spray

*Tip: For this recipe, chicken thighs are a great option because they retain their moisture well and cost less, but feel free to go with your family's favorite chicken cuts.


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, 1 tablespoon olive oil, garlic, 2 teaspoons salt, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, and the black pepper
  2. Place the chicken thighs in the marinade, cover, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or as long as overnight
  3. Preheat the oven to 425 F, spray a rimmed baking sheet with vegetable oil and then set aside
  4. In a large bowl, combine the panko, flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons paprika, and chili powder
  5. Working one at a time, pick up each piece of chicken, letting any excess buttermilk drip off, and press into the panko mixture, coating both sides
  6. Place on the baking sheet
  7. Before sliding into the oven, drizzle the remaining tablespoon of olive oil over the breaded chicken pieces
  8. Bake the chicken for 45-50 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 F

Cornmeal Waffles
Makes: 12 waffles
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15-20 minutes for all 12 waffles

1/2 cup fine or medium grind cornmeal
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 1/4 cup buttermilk, room temperature
4 tablespoons butter, melted


  1. Preheat the waffle iron
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cornmeal and flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt
  3. In a small bowl, beat the eggs, and then whisk in the buttermilk and melted butter
  4. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry, stirring just until combined
  5. Ladle 1/3 cup batter per waffle into your waffle iron, cooking until the waffles are golden brown
  6. Keep cooked waffles warm on a baking sheet in a 200 F oven

Tip: For another easy waffle option, simply buy and prepare your favorite frozen waffle from the grocer.

Spicy Honey Topping: For a zingy treat, mix together equal parts honey and Asian chili sauce or your favorite hot sauce. Adjust the hot sauce for your family’s tastes.

Elizabeth Stark, along with her husband Brian Campbell, writes the blog Brooklyn Supper — the story of a family eating with the seasons in Virginia and Brooklyn. They believe strongly that good, local food and wholesome meals should be for everyone.


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