Chicken and Waffles with Bacon, Maple Whipped Cream – A Staple in the South

So we are heading back to the United States, with a chicken and waffles recipe. This dish is a staple of the Southern United States and it is slowly, but surely making it’s way to the Northern states. Neither Zach nor I are from the South, so we didn’t grow up with a chicken and waffles recipe in our homes, but anytime you combine sweet and savory in a dish, it’s bound to turn out delicious so we decided to give it a try. This is our rendition on a southern staple, and we hope you enjoy it!

We start this recipe with our basic buttermilk fried chicken recipe. This recipe sends out rich aromas of cayenne pepper and garlic and has a slight tanginess from the buttermilk it rests in for hours before frying. To the recipe, we add a honey waffle. By replacing some of the granulated sugar content with honey, it gives the waffle a sultry, satisfying taste, and makes it taste just a tad lighter yet more sultry. We top it off with our Bacon, Maple Whipped Cream, and it’s like taking a trip to the Southern United States!

For the beer pairing for this meal, we bring you a beer from a brewery that’s far down the beaten path. We decided to you Atwater Block’s Vanilla Java Porter. This brewery is out of Detroit and may not be so easy to find in the western states, but if you can get your hands on it, it’s a fabulous beer and a fabulous pairing with this dish. We just happened to have one sitting in the cabinet.

Atwater Block Vanilla Java Porter!

Unfortunately, it was our last one, but it was well worth the pairing! It’s chocolaty and malty, and with subtle hints of vanilla and coffee, it pairs so well with the sweet and sultry of the chicken and waffles. It’s not so heavy that it takes away from the taste of the dish, but it enhances the vanilla in the waffles and the maple in the whipped cream. If for any reason you can not find this beer in your neighborhood market, try any vanilla porter, but try to find a lighter one.

We hope you enjoy!

Chicken and Waffles!

Seasoned Chicken!

Waffle Batter!

Vegetable Shortening Melting!

Drying Chicken!

Waffles and Bacon, Maple Whipped Cream!

Chicken and Waffles Done!