Gluten Free Chicken and Savory Cornbread Waffles

March 25, 2014

The only way to improve on waffles, is to eat them for dinner! We love these cornbread waffles. They are savory and yet still have a bit of that breakfast decadence about them. Add a piece of amazing fried chicken, and you are in heaven. 

Gluten Free Chicken and Cornbread Waffles

Ingredients for the Chicken:
2 packages organic boneless, skinless chicken thighs, fat scraps removed (Trader Joe’s brand)
1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt plus a small pinch
2 teaspoons sweet Hungarian paprika
1 teaspoon crushed black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Biscuit Baking Mix, or more as needed
2 whole large eggs
1 cup grape seed, corn or sunflower oil for cooking
Ingredients For the Cornbread Waffles:
1 package Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Cornbread Mix - add ingredients on the back of the package in addition to those below
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/3 cup Almond Milk (Organic Pacific brand)
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, stems removed, finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh chives, finely chopped
1 teaspoon sugar
pinch of kosher salt
Ingredients for Honey Tabasco Sauce:
About 3 tablespoons per person
1 cup raw honey
2 teaspoons jalapeno pepper tabasco sauce, or plain, more or less to your taste
Place all the chicken on a baking sheet or cutting board, season both sides evenly with kosher salt, black pepper.
In a shallow bowl scramble the eggs add a small pinch of salt, set aside.
In another shallow bowl add the biscuit flour, paprika, and garlic powder. Set next to the eggs bowl.
Place a large skillet set over medium high heat, when skillet is hot add oil.
Meanwhile begin dredging only a few pieces of chicken (once the first batch is cooking then continue to dredge and flour, set aside).
First dip the chicken into the egg then into the flour, gently pressing the chicken to have the flour stick to it.
Note: I use one hand for egg dipping and the other for flour dipping to prevent clumps of egg white forming in the flour mix and on my hands.
Test oil by dropping a little bit of flour, when it quickly sizzles, it’s ready for frying.
Gently add each piece of chicken slowly, do not overcrowd the pan, otherwise, it will not get crispy.
Cook on each side 4-5 minutes.
Transfer to a cooling rack over a baking sheet or onto a plate.
At this point I turn on my waffle maker (I have my waffle batter prepared and set aside before making my chicken) and wait a few minutes for it to get hot while I begin to dredge and cook my second batch of chicken.
Gently and slowly put the remaining floured chicken into the pan.
Again, cook for 4-5 minutes on each side.
Note: When your oil is very hot before frying (350 degrees F) it will not have any oil drippings on your plate or baking sheet so a paper towel on the plate is not necessary.
For the Waffles:
Follow instructions on the back of the cornbread mix.
Once the ingredients on the cornbread mix have been blended (I use a hand held mixer for this recipe), add almond milk, and oil, mix to combine.
Add the rosemary and chives, stir until just combined.
When the waffle maker is hot, ladle the waffle batter into each waffle mold.
Cook for 3 minutes (set a timer) or 3 minutes 30 seconds maximum.
Note: More cooking time will result in a crispier waffle.
Repeat with remaining batter.
For the Sauce:
Mix honey and tabasco sauce until combined.
Transfer to individual condiment cups or a small bowl.
Serve hot or warm.

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