Chicken and Waffles with Kicky Syrup

- Photo: Alison Miksch
Photo: Alison Miksch

If ever a breakfast meets dinner combo were to go viral, chicken and waffles would be it. The mash-up actually dates back a couple hundred years, and we can guess why—the sweet, crunchy, and salty trio must have been just as crave-worthy then as it is now. We skip the deep fry and intsead bake chicken breast cutlets with a super-crunchy cereal and panko crust. Lean, boneless chicken and multigrain frozen waffles also save time. To top it off, a bit of Sriracha and soy sauce adds spicy, savory depth to a maple syrup drizzle.

Yields: Serves 4 (serving size: 1 waffle, 1 chicken cutlet, and about 1 tbsp. syrup mixture)


calories 486

fat 11.9g

satfat 2.7g

monofat 6g

polyfat 2.6g

protein 33g

carbohydrate 64g

fiber 2g

cholesterol 119mg

iron 4mg

sodium 517mg

calcium 38mg

sugars 17g

Est. Added Sugars 16g


Cooking spray

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

1 tablespoon Sriracha chili sauce

1 teaspoon reduced-sodium soy sauce

1.1 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1/4 cup)

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1 cup naturally sweetened cornflakes, crushed (about 1 oz.)

1/4 cup whole-wheat panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)

4 (4-oz.) chicken breast cutlets

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon paprika

1 tablespoon butter, melted

4 frozen Belgian or multigrain waffles (such as Van's)

1/4 cup sliced green onions

How to Make It

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place a wire rack on a rimmed baking sheet. Coat rack with cooking spray.

Combine next 3 ingredients (through soy sauce) in a small bowl.

Place flour in a shallow dish. Place egg in a shallow dish. Combine cornflakes and panko in a shallow dish. Sprinkle chicken with salt and paprika. Dredge chicken in flour, shaking off excess. Dip chicken in egg; dredge in cornflake mixture, pressing to adhere. Place on prepared rack. Drizzle butter evenly over chicken. Bake at 425 degrees F for 10 minutes or until chicken is done and crust is golden.

Cook waffles according to package directions. Divide waffles among 4 plates; top evenly with chicken and syrup mixture. Sprinkle with green onions.


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