Chicken & Waffles might seem like the strangest combination of all time, but actually people have been going crazy for the sweet-and-savory soul food dish ever since the 1920s. If you're a fan of breakfast at dinner -- aka "brinner" -- this is the dish for you. Plus, this version is served with a side of applesauce and honey-butter, which really amps up the sweetness. Never has "strange" tasted so very delicious ...
Chicken and Waffles With Honey Butter from Rachael Ray
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 1/2 cups waffle mix
- 4 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 cup plain bread crumbs
- 8 chicken breast cutlets (about 1-1/2 pounds)
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 2 cups chunky applesauce
Combine the butter with the honey; set aside.
Stir together 2 cups of the waffle mix, 2 eggs, milk, and 1/3 cup of the oil until just blended. Ladle some of the batter onto preheated waffle iron and cook the waffle until golden brown -- about 5 minutes. Transfer to the oven to keep warm at 200 (do not overlap the waffles) and cook the remaining waffles.
In a small bowl, lightly beat the remaining 2 eggs. Place the remaining 1/2 cup of dry waffle mix on a plate and the bread crumbs on another plate. In a large skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat.
Season the chicken cutlets with salt and pepper. Dredge each cutlet in the dry waffle mix, dip in the beaten eggs, then coat with bread crumbs. Working in batches, fry the chicken until browned, about 2 minutes on each side.
Warm the applesauce in a microwave on high power for about 15 seconds. Divide the chicken cutlets among 4 plates and top with half a waffle, some applesauce, and the honey-butter.
Have you ever eaten chicken and waffles?
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