Fried Chicken and Strawberry Jalapeno Sweet Corn Waffles

  • prep time105 min
  • total time 195 min
  • serves 4
Lynn Crawford
Lynn Crawford Pitchin' In

A southern mainstay, chicken and waffles, brought to new flavour heights with the addition of strawberry-infused chicken, waffles, strawberry butter, and a peppery strawberry-flavoured maple syrup.

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Directions for: Fried Chicken and Strawberry Jalapeno Sweet Corn Waffles


Strawberry Jalapeno Sweet Corn

1 cup (250 mL) cornmeal

1 cup (250 mL) all-purpose flour, sifted

2 ½ tsp (12 mL) baking powder

¼ tsp (1 mL) baking soda

1 Tbsp (15 mL) granulated sugar

½ tsp (2 mL) kosher salt

1 ½ cup (375 mL) buttermilk

¼ cup (60 mL) vegetable oil

1 large egg

¼ cup (60 mL) pickled jalapeno peppers, minced

1 cup (250 mL) kernel corn, thawed and well-drained

½ cup (125 mL) strawberries, finely diced

3 green onions, chopped

vegetable cooking spray

Strawberry Black Pepper Maple

1 cup (250 mL) straberries, hulled and chopped

1 cup (250 mL) pure maple syrup

1 tsp (5 mL) freshly cracked black pepper

Strawberry Butter

1 cup (250 mL) unsalted butter, room temperature

½ cup (125 mL) fresh strawberries, chopped

Fried Chicken & Assembly

1 (about 3 lbs/1.3 kg) chicken, cut into 8 pieces OR alternatively 8 small boneless, skinless chicken breasts

⅒ cup (30 mL) kosher salt, divided

2 tsp + 1 tablespoon (25 mL) freshly ground black pepper, divided

1 ½ tsp (7 mL) paprika

¾ tsp (3 mL) cayenne pepper

½ tsp (5 mL) EACH of garlic powder, onion powder

1 cup (250 mL) buttermilk

1 large egg

½ cup (125 mL) strawberries, puréed

3 cup (750 mL) all-purpose flour

1 Tbsp (15 mL) cornstarch

1 tsp (5 mL) rosemary leaves, finely chopped

peanut or vegetable oil for frying


Strawberry Jalapeno Sweet Corn

1. In a large bowl, stir together cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt. Set aside.

2. In another bowl, whisk together buttermilk, oil and egg, whisk into flour mixture, then fold in jalapeno, corn, strawberries and green onion until well combined.

3. Preheat a (4-grid) waffle iron and coat with cooking spray.

4. Spoon about 2/3-cup batter onto waffle iron. Close lid and cook until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Repeat procedure with remaining batter. Keep waffles in a low oven until ready to serve.

5. Makes 12 waffles.

Strawberry Black Pepper Maple

1. In a small saucepan set over medium heat, stir together all ingredients, bring to a boil, then remove from heat and let cool before using.

Strawberry Butter

1. In the bowl of a mini food processor, add butter and blend until smooth. Add strawberries and pulse until just combined so there are still small pieces of strawberry visible. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Fried Chicken & Assembly

1. In a small bowl, whisk together 1 tablespoon salt, 2 teaspoons black pepper, paprika, cayenne, garlic and onion powder, toss with chicken until well coated, and set aside.

2. In another bowl, whisk together buttermilk, egg and pureed strawberries and set aside.

3. In another bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, rosemary, and remaining salt and pepper, and set aside.

4. Pour oil into a large high sided cast iron skillet to a depth of ¾-inch depth, set over medium high-heat, and heat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit/180 degrees Celsius.

5. Working with one piece of chicken at a time, dip first into buttermilk mixture then dredge in flour mixture tapping off excess flour back into bowl. Discard buttermilk and flour mixture.

6. Place 4 chicken pieces into hot oil and fry until golden, about 5 minutes per side for boneless chicken and 10 minutes per side for chicken pieces, or until an instant read thermometer inserted into thickest part of chicken registers 165 degrees Fahrenheit/74 degrees Celsius. Repeat process with remaining chicken.

7. To plate: Place 2 waffle wedges on each of 4 dinner plates, spread with a little strawberry butter and drizzle with strawberry maple syrup. Then place 1 piece of fried chicken on top of each waffle and, if desired, garnish with fresh quartered strawberries and a little more strawberry syrup and serve immediately.

See more: Moderate, Brunch, Dinner, Bake, Saute, Fry, North American

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