Waffle Batter Fried Chicken Tenders with Maple Mustard Dipping Sauce #SundaySupper

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Chicken and waffles get a picnic-ready upgrade with this recipe for Waffle Batter Fried Chicken Tenders with Maple Mustard Dipping Sauce! 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!  And with the 4th of July looming just a few mere days away, I’ve whipped up this amazing Waffle Batter Fried Chicken Tenders with Maple Mustard Dipping Sauce, because why not put it over the edge of awesome-sauciness!

I know, I know, that’s not a real word but somehow it just seems to fit! LOL Happy #SundaySupper everybody! Let’s go on a PICNIC!

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions and complete ingredient measurements for making Waffle Batter Fried Chicken Tenders with Maple Mustard Dipping Sauce is available near the end of this post. 

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

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 long 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 Kudos Kitchen Waffle Batter Fried Chicken Tenders with Maple Mustard Dipping Sauce 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 ingredient list for making Waffle Batter Fried Chicken Tenders with Maple Mustard Dipping Sauce is as follows;

  • 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 instructions for making Waffle Batter Fried Chicken Tenders with Maple Mustard Dipping Sauce is pretty straightforward. Let me show you how;

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 for today’s Waffle Batter Fried Chicken Tenders with Maple Mustard Dipping Sauce. If you enjoy this recipe and are anxious to give it a try, I’d appreciate if you’d take a moment to give this recipe some feedback by way of stars. Thank you so very much! 🙂

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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
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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*
Total Fat 36g 55%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 231mg 77%
Sodium 1221mg 51%
Potassium 1358mg 39%
Total Carbohydrates 77g 26%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 33g
Protein 57g 114%
Vitamin A 9%
Vitamin C 3.3%
Calcium 25.6%
Iron 21.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this recipe for Waffle Batter Fried Chicken Tenders with Maple Mustard Dipping Sauce as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you!!

Waffle Batter Fried Chicken with Maple Mustard Dipping Sauce - kudoskitchenbyrenee.com

Ahhhh, so good, right?

Before we go any further with our virtual #SundaySupper picnic, I’d like to take a moment to thank our hostess for this week Jane, of Jane’s Adventures in Dinner, and as always the “behind the scenes” hard working bees that keep us all organized and in line…Heather of Girlichef and of course Renee of Magnolia Days. Thanks, ladies. Guess it just goes to show that sometimes too many cooks in the kitchen can be a very, very good thing!

And now, let’s open that picnic basket a little further and see what the other #SundaySupper members brought to our virtual picnic…I hope you’re hungry!
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33 Comments

  1. This is awesomeness on a plate!

  2. Wow! Great idea with the batter!

  3. Oh my goodness are these for real???? Amazing!

  4. Oh YUM! These look incredible!!

  5. What a fantastically funky and yummy sounding batter!

  6. Fantastic looking chicken. I need to try this next time I make fried chicken tenders. And I love honey mustard sauce…but then you took that to a whole new level with the maple….WOW!!!

  7. Perfect batter dipped chicken! Let's picnic!

  8. This is such a fun idea! I've made fried chicken with pancake batter before, but waffle batter never occurred to me (which is funny, considering chicken + waffles in actually a thing… who's ever heard of chicken and pancakes? haha)

  9. The waffle battered fried chicken looks great and having marinated the chicken in your maple and mustard sauce must have made it all the more scrumptious. Great original recipe (s) Renee.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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

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