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crisy chicken and waffles on silver plate with syrup

Chicken and Waffles Recipe

  • Author: Quin
  • Prep Time: 10m
  • Cook Time: 15m
  • Total Time: 25m
  • Yield: 3-4 1x


Homemade chicken and waffles has never looked better; super crispy and perfectly flavored buttermilk fried chicken paired with fluffy and tender golden waffles! The most perfect pairing!


  • 1 lb chicken tenderloins (about 67 pieces)
  • 1 cup whole buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Vegetable oil (about 1.5 quarts), for frying
  • Buttermilk Waffles, click link for full waffles recipe
  • pure maple syrup, for serving

Seasoned Flour Mixture

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika


  1. To make buttermilk mixture; combine buttermilk, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, white pepper and smoked paprika together in a large bowl. Stir to fully incorporate and add in chicken tenderloins. Be sure all chicken pieces are saturated in mixture.
  2. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let chicken marinate in mixture overnight in the fridge. 
  3. In a a large cast iron/dutch oven, heat up oil. Allow oil to reach at least 350°F for optimum frying levels. If you do not have a deep fry thermometer, take the end of a wooden spoon and dip it into the hot oil. If bubbles form around spoon, oil is hot and ready. If oil is bubbling hard, then oil is too hot and let cool.
  4. To make seasoned flour: in a shallow pie plate or medium bowl, whisk together flour and seasonings. 
  5. Take each chicken piece and shake off excess buttermilk mixture, then dip into seasoned flour and coat chicken all over, shaking off any excess. Fry each piece of chicken until golden brown and crispy, about 7-10 minutes, or until cooked through completely. Careful not to overcrowd pan, fry in batches if you need to.
  6. Lay cooked chicken on a rimmed baking sheet fitted with a wire rack and let cool.
  7. Make buttermilk waffles and top waffles with chicken and maple syrup. Enjoy!
  • Category: Breakfast, Brunch
  • Method: Frying
  • Cuisine: American, Southern

Keywords: breakfast, brunch, southern, chicken, waffles