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Waffle-Battered Fried Chicken Tenders

Chicken and waffles get a picnic-ready upgrade with this recipe for Waffle Batter Fried Chicken! Now you can pack up this classic treat, up and easily take it wherever you want to go.
 
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In my mind, you can’t go on a picnic without fried chicken. It’s un-American! I’ve whipped up this amazing Waffle Batter Fried Chicken Tenders, because why not put fried chicken over the edge of awesome-sauciness!

Italian Baked and Breaded Chicken Legs (showcased in the featured video) is another great picnic recipe I know you’ll enjoy!

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All the flavors you love from a traditional chicken and waffles recipe, but in an easily transportable package. Waffle Batter Fried Chicken Tenders with Maple Mustard Dipping Sauce is perfect for parties or picnics. - kudoskitchenbyrenee.com

The ingredient list;

  • chicken tenders
  • pure maple syrup
  • balsamic vinegar
  • all-purpose flour
  • granulated sugar
  • baking powder
  • milk
  • eggs
  • butter
  • salt and pepper
  • light-colored oil for frying (I used peanut oil)
  • stone-ground mustard
  • honey

The story behind the recipe:

Chicken and waffles have been on my list of things to make for a long, long time but somehow they just kept getting pushed back to the end of the list of things I’ve wanted to cook and share with you.

Then, a few weeks ago while we were out to dinner with my sister and her husband, the subject of chicken and waffles came up (go figure that we’d be discussing food, haha) and my brother-in-law mentioned that Popeye’s Chicken has a new waffle batter chicken commercial he’d seen on TV.

Right then and there, I knew what I needed to make. Pronto! No more pussyfooting around. We’ve got chicken to fry!!

This is my original recipe (sounds a little like KFC, don’t you think?) which was inspired by the idea of Popeye’s waffle batter chicken.

I’ve never had, Popeye’s chicken, and now I won’t need to, because I think my waffle batter-fried chicken tenders probably blows Popeye’s chicken right out of the water!

All the flavors you love from a traditional chicken and waffles recipe, but in an easily transportable package. Waffle Batter Fried Chicken Tenders with Maple Mustard Dipping Sauce is perfect for parties or picnics. - kudoskitchenbyrenee.com

The instructions for making Waffle Batter Fried Chicken Tenders:

  • Place the chicken tenders in a ziptop bag along with pure maple syrup and balsamic vinegar.
  • Set aside to marinate for 30-40 minutes.
  • Meanwhile stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and pepper.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the milk, eggs, melted butter, and maple syrup.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk until blended.
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  • Remove the chicken tenders from the marinade and dry them with paper towels.
  • Dip the marinated chicken tenders into the waffle batter allowing the excess to drip off before frying them in hot oil (325-350 degrees).
  • Carefully fry the tenders on both sides until golden brown (approximately 8-10 minutes) and the chicken is no longer pink in the middle.
  • Carefully remove the chicken tenders from the hot oil using a large slotted spoon and place on a rack to drain.
  • Season lightly with additional salt, if desired.
  • Continue the same process with the remaining chicken tenders. To make the dipping sauce stir the maple syrup, mustard, and honey together in a small bowl.
  • Serve the tenders with the sauce.
  • Enjoy cold or hot!

One more thing before we get to the actual recipe. I made my own waffle batter from scratch, but feel free to use your favorite variety of boxed waffle mix (I won’t tell).

However, when you do make the Waffle Batter Fried Chicken Tenders using a boxed waffle batter, make sure to add the maple syrup into the batter along and the melted butter. You won’t be sorry!

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Below is the printable recipe card along with nutritional information for today’s Waffle Batter Fried Chicken Tenders with Maple Mustard Dipping Sauce.

3.73 from 11 votes
Waffle Batter Fried Chicken with Maple Mustard Dipping Sauce
Waffle Batter Fried Chicken Tenders with Maple Mustard Dipping Sauce
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

All the flavors you love from a traditional chicken and waffles recipe, but in an easily transportable package. Perfect for parties or picnics.

Course: family favorite, Main Course
Cuisine: American Comfort Food, picnic
Keyword: chicken and waffles, fried chicken tenders, waffle batter fried chicken
Servings: 14
Calories: 881 kcal
Renee – Kudos Kitchen: Renee – Kudos Kitchen
Ingredients
To marinate the chicken tenders;
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 pounds chicken tenders
  • 1 gallon zip top bag
  • 2½ 3 cups light oil for frying, I used peanut
To make the waffle batter;
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • ½ teaspoons black pepper
  • cups milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
To make the maple mustard dipping sauce;
  • ¼ – ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons stone ground mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey
Instructions
To marinate the chicken tenders;
  1. Place the chicken tenders, maple syrup, and balsamic vinegar in the zip-top bag. Massage the bag to coat all the chicken. Allow the tenders to marinate at least 30 minutes, but no longer than 1 hour.

  2. After the chicken has marinated, dry the tenders on paper towels. Discard the remaining marinade.

To make the waffle batter (or use store-bought);
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, pepper, and baking powder.

    In a small bowl, whisk together the melted butter, eggs, milk, maple syrup.


  2. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk until combined. Allow the waffle batter to sit for 10 minutes before coating the tenders.
  3. In a large, high-sided pan, bring the oil up to a temperature of 325-350 degrees.

    *Note – if you dip the handle of a wooden spoon into the oil and small bubbles happen around the base of the spoon (think champagne bubbles), the oil is ready for frying.

  4. Dip the chicken tenders into the waffle batter and allow some to drip off before carefully adding the waffle coated tenders to the hot oil.

    Fry the tenders on both sides until golden brown (approximately 8-10 minutes) and the center is no longer pink.

  5. Carefully remove the fried tenders from the oil using a large slotted spoon. Drain the fried tenders on paper towels and season immediately with additional salt, if desired.

    Continue the same process with the remaining chicken tenders.

To make the sauce;
  1. Combine all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and serve with the waffle batter fried chicken tenders. Serve hot or cold.

Recipe Notes

Note – If using boxed waffle mix, I still suggest adding the maple syrup and melted butter to the batter for extra flavor.

Tools and equipment:

large high sided pan (for frying), large slotted spoon, large bowl, medium bowl, small bowl, measuring cups, measuring spoons, gallon zip-top bag, cooking thermometer (for heating oil), paper towels, baking sheets (optional).

Nutrition Facts
Waffle Batter Fried Chicken Tenders with Maple Mustard Dipping Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 881 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 231mg77%
Sodium 1221mg53%
Potassium 1358mg39%
Carbohydrates 77g26%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 33g37%
Protein 57g114%
Vitamin A 450IU9%
Vitamin C 2.7mg3%
Calcium 256mg26%
Iron 3.9mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Want more chicken and waffles? Check out Nomageddons post inspired by my chicken and waffles recipe!

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Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen

Tuesday 12th of May 2020

These look absolutely fantastic, Renee! I have bookmarked this to make it at home sometime soon. We love chicken and waffles, so this is like the best of both worlds. My son is gonna be in HEAVEN when I make this one :)

Renée

Tuesday 12th of May 2020

Awesome, Ashley! I love this recipe too and have been meaning on re-making it but time keeps getting away from me. Soon though. I do hope you'll enjoy it...especially your son! Renee

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Debi@The Spring Mount 6 Pack

Thursday 3rd of July 2014

I have heard of waffles and fried chicken but never waffle battered chicken. It sounds yummy

Laura Hunter

Wednesday 2nd of July 2014

I have heard so much about waffles and fried chicken but have never seen it served let alone tried it. Maybe one day I will get to that but until than this looks like a fun way to have it.

Sherron Watson

Wednesday 2nd of July 2014

This may turn into a family favorite. What a great idea and I have a really good gluten free waffle mix I can try for me. Thanks for the recipe.

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