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Hot Chicken & Waffles

Hot Chicken & Waffles

Serves 6

Produced by Bon Appétit with The Home Depot.
The combination of sweet and heat move the traditional chicken & waffles to the next level.

Hot Chicken & Waffles

For the Chicken:

  • 3 teaspoons smoked paprika, divided
    • 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
      • 2 teaspoons powdered mustard
        • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
          • 1 3.5 to 4 pound whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces
            • 2 cups buttermilk
              • 2 tablespoons hot sauce, like Tabasco
                • 2 cups all-purpose flour
                  • 6 cups vegetable oil

                    For the Waffles:

                    • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
                      • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
                        • 2 teaspoons baking powder
                          • 1 teaspoon baking soda
                            • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
                              • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
                                • 1 large egg
                                  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
                                    • 1/4 cup vegetable oil, plus more for waffle iron
                                      • 2 tablespoons finely chopped herbs, can be a combination of parsley, chives, dill, etc.

                                        For Serving:

                                        • 1/2 cup maple syrup
                                          • 2 tablespoons hot sauce, like Tabasco
                                            • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
                                              • 1/4 cup dill sprigs

                                                For the Chicken

                                                Whisk together 2 teaspoons paprika, garlic, mustard, 2 tsp kosher salt, 1 tsp black pepper in large bowl. Add chicken and toss to coat. Add buttermilk and hot sauce, cover with plastic, and marinate minimum 6 hours and up to 24 hours.

                                                Take the chicken mixture out of the fridge 1 hour before cooking. Whisk flour, 2 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper, and remaining paprika in a large bowl. Dredge chicken pieces in flour, shaking off excess.

                                                Heat oil in a Lodge Cast Iron Pan over medium heat until oil registers 350F. Add chicken pieces and fry until golden brown and cooked through, flipping occasionally, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer chicken pieces to a wire rack fitted over a baking sheet and season with more salt and pepper.

                                                For the Waffles

                                                Whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Whisk together egg, buttermilk, and vegetable oil in a large bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix gently to combine, do not overmix. Stir in chopped herbs.

                                                Heat Kalorik Easy Pour Waffle Maker. Brush with vegetable oil. Add 2/3 cup batter and cook until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack. Repeat with remaining batter.

                                                To Serve

                                                Whisk together maple syrup and hot sauce. Place waffles on plates, top with fried chicken pieces, scallions, and dill. Serve with hot syrup.