I have lived in the South for five years, y'all. And until now, I have never eaten chicken and waffles.
Please note, I do not actually say "y'all" in real life. Just can't.
But any way. The chicken and the waffles and all the things. It just felt too ambiguous, you know? Is sweet? Is it savory? Is it breakfast for dinner or dinner for breakfast? Maybe brunch? I mean, maple syrup on fried chicken and fried chicken on waffles... I had a hard time going there.
To many questions, too much fried-ness (I try to save my fried food allotments for really important things. Like donuts.). But I'm going to lose some sort of food creds if I don't up my Southern food game, so I decided to go for it, and throw in a few more elements to make it just so extra (<--whatever that even means).
Ok, so tbh... it was still a little weird to eat. But in a "oh my word, why didn't I do this sooner" weird way. Here, your basic buttermilk waffles get a savory cheddar upgrade (and I always recommend Belgian waffles), then the blueberries on top are a nice little element of tangy sweet. Drizzle it all with maple syrup, and what is not to love?
Nothing. There is nothing not to love.
- 2 cups buttermilk, well shaken
- 6 Tbsp. butter, melted then cooled to room temperature
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 Tbsp white sugar
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 1 cup white cheddar, finely shredded
- 1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries (I like wild blueberries in the recipe, because they are smaller)
- 2 tsp. cornstarch
- 2 tsp. white sugar
- 1 lb, or about 4-6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- salt and pepper, to taste
- flavorless oil for frying (I recommend canola, peanut, or vegetable)
- maple syrup