I’m calling it now- this recipe is going to be the new favorite recipe around here. So we got a waffle maker for our wedding and haven’t had a chance to make use it yet. And I was really biting at the chomp to whip that sucker out and put her to use. And it only felt right that since we just moved down south, that I make a recipe as an ode to the south. But there are so many chicken and waffle recipes out there that are friend in all their glory. So I wanted to do a baked version and see if it was just as delicious and GUESS WHAT- IT IS!!!!
Like, I so wish you all could have been sitting at our table with us when Brian was eating this. Never have I ever heard that man talk about a dish as much as he talked about this during- and after- the meal. The honey chilli lime dressing is the real MVP here, so I’m going to go out on a limb and say you’re going to be seeing this dressing in recipes in the future too 😉
So since I wanted to use my waffle maker, I made them from scratch (kinda) using Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Waffle Mix. But you can 100% just use frozen waffles if you so desire. Either way works, as long as ya got the waffles you’re golden.
So once your waffles are done you are going to make the chicken. The chicken breasts that I got were thick so I cut them in half horizontally first, and then cut the halves in half. You can see from the pictures about the size that the chicken should be. It’s a good chicken to waffle ratio at this size.
You coat the chicken in a mixture of flour, paprika, salt and pepper and then bake the chicken. To get the nice crispy top like you see in the pictures, pan fry the baked chicken for a few minutes on each side to get a little extra boost of flavor in the browning (more detailed instructions are in the official recipe down below).
When the chicken is done cooking you whisk up the honey, hot sauce of your choice (I used smoked Tobasco) and lime to make the sauce, and douce the chicken in it to give your taste buds a dance party in your mouth. And there you have it!!
To make this a whole meal, I think this would pair really well with a side kale salad and a baked sweet potato!
If you are in need of a waffle maker, this is the one I have!
Hope all ya’ll like it (just trying to fit in down here…..)!