Hot Honey Fried Chicken & Cheddar Waffles
Pancakes or waffles? That’s the type of question that’ll make or break a relationship. We’ll save you some trouble and give you the answer: It’s waffles. Hands down. Why? Because there’s no such thing as chicken and pancakes, that’s why.
Today we’re re-introducing this Southern classic by introducing our bold, hot honey rub, Morning Buzz. It’s sweet, it’s spicy, and it’s surprisingly herby (thanks to a hint of thyme). So if you’re needing a kick in the rear to get your day started, then you’re in the right place, my friend. Let’s get into it.
Chicken & Waffles with Morning Buzz Hot Honey Rub
Recipe by Jordan Isom | Fire Food Family
We’re thigh people. They’re cheap and delicious, but you can always go with classic chicken breast if you’re looking for a white meat alternative. For the juiciest, most flavorful results, allow the chicken to marinate in the seasoned buttermilk pickle brine in advance, overnight.
6 boneless skinless chicken thighs, halved
6 tablespoons Morning Buzz
½ cup buttermilk
⅓ cup pickle juice
⅓ stick of butter
¼ cup of your favorite red hot sauce
½ - 1 cup honey, as desired
1 box waffle mix, and any ingredients called for on box
1 cup white cheddar cheese
2 cups flour
½ cup cornstarch
Oil, for frying
Pickles, for topping, optional
Chopped chives, for topping
In a large mixing bowl, generously season chicken thighs with Morning Buzz (about 4 tablespoons) and combine both pickle juice and buttermilk. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
When ready to cook, in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the butter and mix in the hot sauce and honey. Bring to a simmer and let reduce until thickened. Set aside.
Following the instructions on the box, create enough waffle batter for 6 waffles. Add cheddar cheese to the mixture. Refrigerate.
Preheat a deep cast iron skillet or large dutch oven filled with two inches of frying oil to 350°F.
In a separate large mixing bowl, combine flour, cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of Morning Buzz.
Working in small batches, dredge the brined pieces of chicken in the dry mix and fry until golden brown. Allow chicken to cool on a wire rack or on a bed of paper towels.
Using a preheated waffle iron, make 6 waffles.
Plate as follows: waffle, fried chicken, pickles, chives, and as much hot honey as you desire.