Southern-Style Chicken and Waffles with Maple Syrup


Dive into the delightful fusion of sweet and savory with our Southern-Style Chicken and Waffles with Maple Syrup. This dish is a soulful combination of crispy, golden-fried chicken and fluffy, tender waffles, all drizzled with rich, sweet maple syrup. It's a unique blend of textures and flavors that creates an unforgettable dining experience, perfect for a brunch feast or a decadent dinner treat.

Southern-Style Chicken and Waffles with Maple Syrup

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 2 waffles and 2 chicken pieces

Nutritional Profile (Per Serving)

  • Calories: 600 kcal
  • Protein: 25g
  • Carbohydrates: 60g
  • Fat: 30g
  • Saturated Fat: 8g
  • Cholesterol: 200mg
  • Sodium: 900mg
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 15g


  • For the Fried Chicken:
    • Chicken breast, cut into strips: 500g (1.1 pounds / 17.6 ounces)
    • Buttermilk: 240ml (8 ounces / 0.5 pounds)
    • All-purpose flour: 150g (5.3 ounces / 0.33 pounds)
    • Paprika: 5g (0.18 ounces / 0.01 pounds)
    • Garlic powder: 5g (0.18 ounces / 0.01 pounds)
    • Onion powder: 5g (0.18 ounces / 0.01 pounds)
    • Vegetable oil for frying
    • Salt and pepper: to taste
  • For the Waffles:
    • All-purpose flour: 200g (7 ounces / 0.44 pounds)
    • Baking powder: 10g (0.35 ounces / 0.02 pounds)
    • Milk: 240ml (8 ounces / 0.5 pounds)
    • Eggs: 2
    • Unsalted butter, melted: 60g (2.1 ounces / 0.13 pounds)
    • Sugar: 30g (1 ounce / 0.06 pounds)
  • Pure maple syrup for serving

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Marinate Chicken: Mix buttermilk, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Add chicken strips and marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Prepare Waffle Batter: Mix flour, baking powder, sugar, milk, eggs, and melted butter to form a smooth batter. Let it rest.
  3. Fry Chicken: Heat oil in a deep fryer or skillet. Dredge marinated chicken in seasoned flour and fry until golden and cooked through.
  4. Cook Waffles: Preheat your waffle iron. Pour batter and cook until golden brown.
  5. Serve: Serve hot waffles with fried chicken on top. Drizzle generously with maple syrup.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Marination Time: Longer marination makes the chicken more tender and flavorful.
  • Consistent Oil Temperature: Maintain a steady temperature for even frying.
  • Waffle Iron Preheating: Ensure the waffle iron is properly heated for crisp waffles.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use chicken thighs instead of breasts?

Yes, thighs can also be used for juicier meat.

How can I tell if the chicken is fully cooked?

The internal temperature should reach 165°F (74°C).

Can I make the waffles in advance?

Yes, waffles can be made ahead and reheated in a toaster or oven.

What can I serve with this?

This dish pairs well with coleslaw or a green salad.