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Chicken & Waffles {with Sriracha}

Yes, I know.  A certain Squishy Monster seems to want to make everything spicy.  I mean seriously, the best ice cream I had all Summer was the spicy Mexican chocolate during my trip to Asheville.  There’s something about that building heat that’s just so…{dare I say it?} …sexy.  It’s exciting, thrilling, jolting!  Here in the south, it’s a classic staple to have chicken and waffles so I decided to inject my own spin on it with some of that delish homemade sriracha.  Yes and yes.

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Chicken & Waffles with Sriracha
 
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Serves: 2-4
Ingredients
Chicken
  • 2 c whole buttermilk
  • 2 tb sriracha
  • 5 lbs chicken
  • 2 c unbleached flour
  • 1 tb baking powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 c canola oil + ½ c bacon fat
Waffles
  • ¾ c unbleached flour
  • ¼ c cornstarch
  • ½ tb baking powder
  • 1 ts baking soda
  • ½ ts salt
  • 1 c whole buttermilk
  • ⅓ c canola oil
  • 1 egg {divided}
  • ¼ ts cream of tartar
  • 2 ts sugar
  • vanilla or almond extract
Honey Sriracha
  • ½ c honey
  • 2 tb sriracha
Instructions
  1. Whisk together the buttermilk and sriracha. Submerge the chicken pieces and allow it to bathe overnight (or 2-3 hours if pressed for time).
  2. Next, dredge each piece in the mixture of flour, baking powder, salt and pepper.
  3. Heat oil/fat to 350. Fry in small batches (to prevent overcrowding the pan or lowering the heat). They're ready when the internal temperature reads 165.
  4. For the waffles, sift together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Slowly whisk in the buttermilk, oil, egg yolk, and vanilla.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg white until frothy then add in the cream of tartar. Slowly sprinkle in the sugar and beat the whites until they achieve a stiff peak.
  6. Fold the stiff egg whites into the waffle batter and cook per waffle iron instructions.
  7. For the honey sriracha, whip both together and drizzle over the chicken and waffles.
Notes
If you don't like the heat, omit the sriracha altogether {but why would you want to do that}? 😉

For the love of crispy skin {and waffles}!

Your Squishy Monster ^.~

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