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

Waffle Batter Fried Chicken Tenders via kudoskitchenbyrenee.com

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 Tender recipe, with Maple Mustard Dipping Sauce, just to put it over the edge of awesome-saucesidness! 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!

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 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) and my brother-in-law mentioned that Popeye’s Chicken has a new waffle batter chicken commercial that he’s been seeing on TV.

Right then and there, I knew what I needed to make. Pronto! No more pussy footing around. We’ve got chicken to fry!! Not Popeye’s chicken, mind you. This is my own original recipe (sounds a little like KFC, don’t you think?) which was inspired by Popeye’s waffle batter chicken, which I’ve never had, and won’t need to, because I think this recipe probably blows Popeye’s waffle batter chicken right out of the water!

Waffle Batter Fried Chicken Tenders Recipe via kudoskitchenbyrenee.com

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), but when you do, make sure to add the maple syrup into the batter along and the melted butter. You won’t be sorry!

Yield: approximately 20 tenders     Prep Time: 15 minutes     Fry Time: approximately 1 hour

For the chicken:
3 pounds chicken tenders (approximately 20 tenders)
1/4 cup pure maple syrup, plus 3 tablespoons (divided)
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 cups milk
2 eggs
4 tablespoons melted butter
Peanut oil for frying (or canola if you or anyone you’re feeding has allergies to peanuts)

-Place the chicken tenders in a gallon size zip lock bag.
-Add in the 1/4 cup maple syrup, the 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon salt and the pepper.
-Close the bag securely and gently massage the chicken to distribute the marinade evenly. Allow the chicken to sit for 30 minutes in the marinade.
-Meanwhile in large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar and baking powder.
-In a small bowl, beat the milk, eggs and melted butter together.
-Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk until well combined. *Note – you’re looking for the consistency of slightly runny pancake batter.

-In a large high sided pot, carefully bring about 3″ – 4″ inches of peanut oil to a temperature of 400 degrees.

-While the oil is heating, remove the chicken tenders to a paper towel lined tray, and pat them dry with additional paper towels.
-Add about 5-6 tenders into the waffle batter and submerge to completely coat.
-Using tongs, lift each tender out of the batter and allow them to drip a little before carefully lowering them into the hot oil *Note – Only fry about 5 tenders at a time to keep the oil temperature stable.
-Fry the tenders for approximately 15 minutes, each batch, so the chicken cooks through and the batter slowly turns a nice golden brown.
-Carefully use a large slotted spoon to lift the finished tenders out of the oil, and allow them to drain for a few minutes on paper towels. Sprinkle each batch with a little salt to season.
-Place the drained tenders on a baking sheet which is lined with a rack to keep them crispy.
-Continue the same process with the remaining tenders.
-Serve hot or cold.

For the maple mustard dipping sauce:
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons stone ground mustard
2 tablespoons honey

-Whisk together and serve with the waffle batter friend chicken tenders.
-Serve hot or cold, either way, it’s delicious!

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….





Sandwiches and Wraps


Whew, I’m stuffed and could sure use a nap under a big shade tree, but before I go I’d be remiss if after all that earlier talk about Popeye (well, sort of) I neglected to mention his better half… 🙂

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Until we eat again,


  1. Wow, the coating on your chicken tenders is incredible! These would certainly disappear quickly off the picnic table!

  2. Oh my!!! Look at that glorious batter! This chicken looks so crisp! I am sure it would be very hard to resit it!

  3. These sound so flippin' fantastic, Renee!

  4. I never had Popeye's either and I already know you hit a grand slam with this recipe. YUM

  5. I guess I even missed the commercials but what a great way to have that southern favorite of waffles and fried chicken all in one great bite, Reneé!

  6. This batter would be a huge hit at our table!!

  7. I love this idea Renee. They sounds soooooo good!!

  8. I am loving the fact these these are coated in waffle batter! It sounds amazing! I've pinned this for later

  9. This is a GENIUS idea. I love chicken and waffles and using it as a batter is a great move! Can't wait to try this!

  10. Yikes! Don't compare your dish to Popeye's Chicken. Yours is much better.

  11. I love your twist on Chicken and Waffles. I especially like that you did this with chicken tenders! Looks fantastic!

  12. You can't go on a picnic without Fried Chicken! Love how adapted this with the chicken tenders and coated it in waffle batter.

  13. Whoa!! Waffle batter? This is a great idea!

  14. Oh my goodness, I think I died and went to heaven!

  15. Awesome, chicken and waffles all in one!

  16. I love fried chicken. I love chicken and waffles and well this, well this is just incredible!

  17. I'm in love with everything about this recipe. Waffle batter and putting maple syrup into mustard. Looks delish!

  18. Way to take chicken & waffles to the next level! The waffle batter coating is pure genius.

  19. This is awesomeness on a plate!

  20. Wow! Great idea with the batter!

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

  22. Oh YUM! These look incredible!!

  23. What a fantastically funky and yummy sounding batter!

  24. 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!!!

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

  26. 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)

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

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

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