If you're still shaking your head, and thinking...no way does that combo sound good-- hear me out! Please. Waffle ingredients are very similar to biscuits. Right? Chicken and biscuits...yes? So, why not chicken and waffles? When you add pure maple syrup over the crispy chicken, and get that salty and spicy coating.... um, yes.
I liked it! I liked the combination of salty, sweet and crunch. So did my husband, but he loves fried chicken and he loves waffles, anyway. I live two hours away from Oakland, and I rarely go there. So, why not recreate it as best as I could at home?
The Pioneer Woman". Her recipe is almost like the Buttermilk Fried Chicken recipe that I posted here. I do believe that fried chicken tastes best, when soaked in buttermilk the night before. I've also learned that shallow frying the chicken, and then finishing the cooking in the oven produces chicken that has a crunchy exterior, moist interior and cooks thoroughly.
Ree made waffles that includes folded in egg whites, plus jalapeño. That sounds good, but um...I didn't have any jalapeños on hand. So, I resorted to my tried and true Buttermilk Waffle recipe--quick, easy and adapted for two.
As for the waffles, they got nice and crunchy, since I did set them in the oven to keep warm. I think that's important, in order to support the chicken and maple syrup. We each only ate one chicken thighs, and the next day, I reheated the leftover chicken in the oven on a cast-iron skillet. That way, the coating didn't become soggy.
I've, since, noted that some people serve a side of peaches. I'm definitely going to try that-- perhaps roasting them to bring out more flavor.
Obviously, this isn't a recipe I'll make often. But, once in a while, it's something that my husband enjoys-- and he's worth it!
Here's the printable recipe card: