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Southern Fried Chicken and Waffles

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Total Time

1 hour




Pat chicken thighs dry with a paper towel, then cut into strips. Place chicken in a large bowl with Kosher salt and black pepper, then cover with plastic wrap and let sit.

Season the chicken


In a large bowl, whisk together buttermilk, eggs, and hot sauce. In a second large bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, Kosher salt, and garlic powder.

Make the marinade


Place a wire rack on a rimmed baking sheet, then begin coating chicken. Dip each piece of chicken first in the flour mixture, then in the buttermilk. Transfer to wire rack, repeat until all chicken strips are coated.

Dredge the chicken


Fill a large cast iron or heavy bottom pan with oil. Heat over medium-high until oil reaches about 350 F.

Heat the oil


When oil is hot, carefully add about ~8 pieces of chicken, and cook. Transfer chicken to a clean wire rack, then repeat cooking remaining chicken.

Fry the chicken


Combine butter, honey, cayenne,garlic powder, sweet paprika, chili powder, Kosher salt and black pepper in a saucepan. Use a brush to coat chicken with hot sauce.

Make the hot sauce & cook the waffles


Serve & enjoy!


Serve waffles immediately with hot fried chicken, maple syrup, and pickle slices.

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