Spicy Chicken and Cheddar Waffle Sandwiches (!!!)

Knowing the soft spot in my heart for waffles, a co-worker sent me a recipe for spicy chicken and cheddar waffle sandwiches the other day. The recipe sounded pretty doable, so decided to tag team and give it a shot – planning also to make a large batch to share at work!

Results? A happy office 😀

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Spicy Chicken and Cheddar Waffle Sandwiches (Adapted from Rachel Ray)
Quantity of waffles depends on your iron, but I ended up having around 4 cups of batter which made 5 batches in a Belgian waffle iron.

Cheddar Pecan Scallion Waffles:

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pepper
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
2 eggs, room temp
5 tablespoons melted butter
2 cups buttermilk
1 1/2 cups cheddar, shredded
1 bunch scallions, chopped, whites and greens
1 cup chopped pecan

Spicy Fried Chicken:

Vegetable oil for frying
4 pieces chicken breast, 6 ounces each, pounded ½ inch
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 tablespoon hot sauce
1 cup flour
Salt and pepper
1/2 teaspoons granulated garlic
1/2 teaspoons granulated onion
1/2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Maple Mustard:

1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup brown spicy mustard
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

Instructions

1) Preheat waffle iron to high and a couple of inches of vegetable oil in large cast-iron skillet to 365°F over medium to medium-high heat.

2) Mix dry and wet waffle ingredients in separate bowls then combine. Consistency should be a thick, almost not-pour-able batter. Prepare waffle iron with nonstick spray or oil and cook waffles to very crisp.

3) For the chicken, set chicken cutlets into buttermilk and hot sauce for a few minutes. Whisk up the flour with spices. Double-coat the chicken in buttermilk and flour, and fry to deeply golden, about 8 minutes.

4) Create the maple mustard by stirring together the maple syrup, mustard and Worcestershire sauce.

5) Serve chicken with bacon, lettuce and tomato or any other sandwich fix-ins you like on waffles drizzled with maple mustard.

Here’s a couple angles of the waffle stack right after I made the batch!

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It’s not often that I make actual waffles, but this was exciting! Looking forward to trying more interesting recipes in the future!

-Shirley

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