Fried chicken on top of a waffle covered with syrup on a round white plate with a glass of milk and a brown and white towel behind the plate all on a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

Fried Chicken and Waffles

Fried chicken and waffles may sound like an odd combination at first. But once you try this Southern American meal, you’ll realize what you’ve been missing.

I think fried chicken and waffles has to be one of the most Southern meals I’ve ever made! Biscuits and gravy is a close second. But fried chicken and waffles covered with maple syrup seems to have originated in the American south. There were earlier versions in other countries and in the Northern states. But this particular combination is very Southern.

The first time I had chicken and waffles was at a food truck event in downtown Orlando when we were in college. I remember not being so sure about it, but I didn’t care for much at the other food trucks. I figured, if needed, I could always deconstruct the meals and have the fried chicken separate from the waffles.

Though, after that first bite, there was no reason to separate the two foods! Fried chicken and waffles is such a delicious, surprising, combination. Normally, I eat ketchup or ranch with my fried chicken. Maple syrup actually works really well with both the fried chicken and the waffles.

After having fried chicken and waffles at a few food truck events, Justin decided he really wanted to try making some at home. We already have a recipe for waffles, so we used that as our base. While I was making the waffles, he was battering and frying the chicken. Tyler and Ryan weren’t so sure about this meal. They ended up pulling it apart into two meals, but they still enjoyed both pieces.

Step by Step

Prepare waffles as directed. If you are making from scratch, get those started. Meanwhile, cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces. Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat.

Place the bread flour in one bowl, eggs in another bowl, and bread crumbs in a third bowl.

Three white bowls with flour, egg, and bread crumbs on a wooden surface

Dredge each piece of chicken in the flour, eggs, bread crumbs, then back into the egg, and into the bread crumbs once more.

Breaded chicken pieces on a white plate on a wooden surface

Carefully place the chicken in the warm oil. Turn after about 3-5 minutes, when it’s golden-brown on the bottom. Cook another 3-5 minutes on the other side.

Breaded chicken pieces frying in oil in a skillet

Remove from the pan and place on a wire rack.

Fried breaded chicken pieces on a wire rack over a wooden surface

Place a waffle on a serving plate and top with chicken. Drizzle with syrup and serve warm.

Fried chicken on top of a waffle covered with syrup on a round white plate with a glass of milk and a brown and white towel behind the plate all on a wooden surface (vertical)

Recipe

Originally Published On: May 11, 2020

Fried chicken on top of a waffle covered with syrup on a round white plate with a glass of milk and a brown and white towel behind the plate all on a wooden surface

Fried Chicken and Waffles

Fried chicken and waffles may sound like an odd combination at first. But once you try this Southern American meal, you'll realize what you've been missing.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, fried, waffles
Servings: 4
5 from 2 votes

Ingredients

  • 4 waffles
  • 1 lb chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • 2 cups oil
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup

Instructions

  • Prepare waffles as directed (If you are making from scratch, get those started)
  • Meanwhile, cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces
  • Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat
  • Place the bread flour in one bowl, eggs in another bowl, and bread crumbs in a third bowl
  • Dredge each piece of chicken in the flour, eggs, bread crumbs, then back into the egg, and into the bread crumbs once more
  • Carefully place the chicken in the warm oil
  • Turn after about 3-5 minutes, when it’s golden-brown on the bottom
  • Cook another 3-5 minutes on the other side
  • Remove from the pan and place on a wire rack
  • Place a waffle on a serving plate and top with chicken
  • Drizzle with syrup and serve warm
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Nutrition Facts
Fried Chicken and Waffles
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 917 Calories from Fat 369
% Daily Value*
Fat 41g63%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 245mg82%
Sodium 701mg29%
Potassium 742mg21%
Carbohydrates 96g32%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 40g44%
Protein 39g78%
Vitamin A 804IU16%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 251mg25%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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12 thoughts on “Fried Chicken and Waffles”

  1. Oh my word we love fried chicken and waffles. If a menu has it, I will order it. We’re definitely make this! Looks so delicious.

  2. I have never had chicken and waffles before, and it was all over Southern Maryland too when I lived there. I have to try this. You have a waffle recipe?

  3. I’m yet to try that combo but I’ve heard others who say it’s delicious. It does look really tasty.

  4. My waffle maker is probably my most under-used kitchen appliance! This recipe makes me want to pull it out and dust if off.

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