Hot Chicken & Jalapeño Bacon Cheddar Waffle

Makes: 4 servings

Prep Time: 4 hours

Cook Time: 30 min

Ingredients

  • FOR THE CHICKEN:
  • 4 boneless chicken breasts , pounded out to an even thickness
  • 1/2 cup pickle juice
  • 1 large egg , beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper hot sauce
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • vegetable or peanut oil for frying the chicken
  • FOR THE MAPLE HOT SAUCE:
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 3-4 tablespoons cayenne pepper hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • FOR THE WAFFLES:
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 egg , beaten
  • 1 to 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter , melted
  • 1 cup sharp cheese , shredded
  • 1/4 cup bacon (about 4 slices), cooked and crumbled
  • 3 tablespoons Rio Luna jalapeño peppers , minced
  • Optional garnish: sliced pickles

Made With

Directions

  1. FOR THE CHICKEN:
    • Marinate the chicken breasts in the pickle juice in the refrigerator in a covered container for 4 hours.
    • After marinating the chicken, remove container from refrigerator and allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Set up a breading station with two shallow dishes. In one dish, combine the beaten egg, whole milk, and hot sauce. In the other dish, combine the flour and salt.
    • Remove the chicken from the pickle juice and dip into the egg-milk mixture first, then dip into the flour mixture.
    • Pour 2-3 inches of oil into a large cast iron pot or pan and heat the oil to 350F/176C degrees over medium-high heat. Fry each chicken breast for about 8 minutes on each side, or until internal temperature registers 165F/74C degrees. Drain on a wire rack over a sheet pan.
  2. FOR THE MAPLE HOT SAUCE:
    • In a small pan over medium heat, combine the maple syrup with the cayenne pepper hot sauce, cayenne powder, chili powder, garlic powder, and paprika. Reduce to low and keep warm.
  3. FOR THE WAFFLES:
    • Pre-heat the waffle iron to the desired waffle setting (I used a soft waffle setting at 4.5)
    • Whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. In a small bowl, mix together the egg, milk, and melted butter until well combined. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and mix together just until the batter comes together. Fold the cheese, cooked bacon, and jalapeños into the batter.
    • Lightly grease the waffle iron, if needed, and cook per the iron's directions. Mine took about 3-4 minutes.
  4. To assemble the dish, place one waffle on a plate, one fried chicken breast on top of the waffle, and pour a ¼ cup of the maple hot sauce over it all. Grab a big fork and knife and dig in!

Recipe Note

This Hot Chicken and Jalapeño Bacon Cheddar Waffle recipe is a unique twist on the Nashville classic with a spicy cheesy waffle topped with a sweet-fiery maple sauce.

Thanks for the inspiration Tasty Ever After

https://www.tastyeverafter.com/hot-chicken-and-jalapeno-bacon-cheddar-waffle/