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Fried Chicken & Cheddar Chive Waffles

Fried chicken and waffles is a revelation for brunch - or breakfast for dinner - when paired with a savory, cheesy waffle.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Fried Chicken


Fried Chicken

  • 2-3 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 c all purpose flour
  • 1/2 c cornstarch
  • 1.5 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1.5 tbsp paprika
  • 3 tsp cayenne
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1.5 c buttermilk
  • 8 c vegetable oil, for frying

Cheddar Chive Waffles

  • 1 serving favorite waffle mix my box makes about 6 waffles
  • 1 c shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp chives, chopped, plus more for garnish
  • maple syrup, for serving


  • Salt chicken and place in the refrigerator for 6 hours or overnight. 
  • When the chicken is ready, mix flour, cornstarch and spices in a medium bowl and set aside for dredging.
  • Beat egg in a separate bowl; add buttermilk and mix well to combine. 
  • Dredge all the chicken pieces in the flour mixture and place on a rack. 
  • Pour 4 tbsp of the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture and mix to make chunky pieces. 
  • Dredge the chicken in the buttermilk. Then, pat the buttermilk-flour mixture onto each chicken piece - this is how you get the craggly pieces!
  • Place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or up to 12 hours. 
  • While the chicken is chilling, prepare the waffles by making your waffle batter according to the box instructions, adding 1 c of cheddar and 2 tbsp of chopped chives. Stir well to combine. 
  • Make your waffles according to the waffle maker instructions; place in a warm oven to keep hot. 
  • While making your waffles, start to heat the oil for frying until it reaches a 350 degrees (use a thermometer!)
  • Fry the chicken pieces until deep golden brown about 5-8 minutes, turning the pieces frequently. Transfer to a wire rack set over paper towels to drain. 
  • Monitor the heat while frying to keep it at 350 consistently. 
  • When the chicken comes out of the fry, toss salt over it. Serve hot with warm waffles and maple syrup, plus chives for garnish.