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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
Renee - Kudos Kitchen: Renee - Kudos Kitchen
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
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.