Mini Chicken n’ Waffle Appetizers

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Mini Fried chicn n Waffle Bites

 

By FAR the biggest food sensation of our wedding day was these mini chicken n’ waffle appetizers. The In n’ Out Truck for dinner, Sarah’s divine spiced nuts, a buffet of homemade desserts and hot french fries that arrived at each table in silver Revere bowls were no match for these tasty hand held treats.

 

Fried Chicken Steps

seasoned flour and buttermilk soaked chicken

 

Many friends (and a few parents) have admitted to waiting at the kitchen door where the servers walked out with the trays in order to take down a whole tray’s worth. The servers had to start taking a secret route in order to get through the crowd.

 

Fried Chicken Nuggets

hot out of the fryer

 

Since I never got to eat or see even one appetizer that day (joy, pictures, hugs and congratulations), Sarah and I have recreated the recipe to share with all of you.

 

Fried chicken n waffles

drizzle with maple syrup

 

I wanted the wedding appetizer’s to be Southern themed as a nod to Drew’s heritage. My fantastic caterer, Dan Molnar perfectly executed my whimsical menu of Mini Chicken n’ Waffle Bites, Mini Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Watermelon and Mint Skewers and Crudite with Americana Dips.

This is what I imagine they tasted like that day. Enjoy!

 

A & O Mini Fried Chicken ‘n Waffle Appetizer
Serves 8-10

Ingredients
10 sprigs fresh thyme
3 chicken thighs, boneless with skin on, cut into small ½ inch cubes
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
2 cups buttermilk
1 tablespoon hot sauce- Texas Pete or Tabasco
1 16oz bottle of peanut oil
Maple syrup
Mini Toaster Waffles (at least 20 individual rounds)

For the flour mixture:
2 cups flour
2 tsp salt
black pepper
¼ tsp cayenne

Directions
Remove the leaves from 5-6 sprigs thyme and mince finely.  Set aside. Cut the chicken thighs into small ½-inch square pieces leaving some skin on each little piece. Toss with 1 teaspoon of salt, a few grinds of freshly cracked pepper and 1 tablespoon of the minced thyme. In a medium bowl mix the buttermilk with 1 tablespoon of hot sauce (I like Texas Pete) and add the seasoned chicken pieces to the buttermilk mixture. Stir well and add any remaining sprigs of thyme to the buttermilk. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Remove the chicken in buttermilk from the fridge and drain in a colander.  Scoop 2 cups of flour in a pie plate or shallow bowl and season with 2 teaspoons salt, black pepper and ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper. Add the chicken pieces to the flour mixture and toss well, thickly coating each piece. In a large saucepan heat 2-3 inches of peanut oil to high heat, (approximately 350 degrees). Carefully add your chicken in batches, being mindful not to splatter or crowd the pan or the temperature of the oil will drop. Stir occasionally until nicely browned on all sides and then remove to a paper towel to drain. Repeat with remaining chicken pieces. Toast the mini waffle rounds until golden brown and top each round with a piece of warm fried chicken. Drizzle with warm maple syrup before serving.

 

Fried chicken n waffle bites

xo,
LEH

18 Comments on Mini Chicken n’ Waffle Appetizers

  1. Alicia @ AliGirl Cooks
    May 18, 2011 at 8:30 am (3 years ago)

    Perfect timing! My boyfriend just asked me to make chicken and waffles last night! I love the bite size of these!

  2. Sarah
    May 18, 2011 at 8:47 am (3 years ago)

    This was SO chic and delicious at the wedding and amazing when we tested them last week. The best little app ever!

  3. Jessica Lyndsey
    May 18, 2011 at 8:49 am (3 years ago)

    Josh still dreams of these…..his all time favorite appetizer at ANY wedding EVER.

  4. Julia
    May 19, 2011 at 8:37 am (3 years ago)

    Incredible. I LOVE me some chicken and waffles!

  5. Hänni
    May 25, 2011 at 12:19 pm (3 years ago)

    Am trying to think up an excuse to have a party specifically so I can serve these!

  6. onenita
    February 2, 2012 at 11:15 am (3 years ago)

    Where can I find the “mini toaster waffles”? I’d love to take these to an upcoming Super Bowl party I am attending. Thanks!

  7. applesandonions
    February 2, 2012 at 9:12 pm (3 years ago)

    We found mini toaster waffles in the freezer section of our local large grocery store (Ralph’s or Safeway on the west coast.) I bet the big warehouse stores like Costco and Sam’s club carry them as well. This is a GREAT Super Bowl dish idea. xo,Lydia

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