These Hot Honey Chicken + Chocolate Waffles are the ultimate sweet + savory meal. Derived from a Classic Southern-style dish, these easy dairy-free + vegan chocolate waffles are naturally sweetened, fluffy, thick, and airy; coupled with these crispy hot honey chicken strips (all oven baked), this recipe is a real reminder that everything bold in flavor tastes better! Nothing short of goodness on a plate! The perfect comfort food with soul!
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Hot Honey Chicken + Chocolate Waffles. The epitome of flavor on a dish. What more can I say?
If you’ve been an avid follower of Orchids + Sweet Tea, then you know that I thoroughly enjoy sharing dishes that showcase and highlight my Southern roots.
After all, I’m a Southern girl, through and through! Haha.
If you aren’t too familiar, my Southern peeps don’t eat the traditional breakfast. What do you mean? Whelp, I grew up eating pancakes, waffles, eggs, oatmeal, grits, and even ribs for breakfast. Crazy, right?
OK, so the original chicken + waffles dish comes with perfectly fried chicken and fluffy buttermilk waffles. While I do enjoy this dish in it's classic version, I definitely wanted to add a twist to everything, especially for the Fall season and Holidays coming closer.
These chocolate waffles are absolutely perfection! Super soft, fluffy, thick, and full of chocolate! Definitely decadent with every bite.
On the other hand, the chicken is beautifully crispy (all baked by the way) and tastes amazing from the hot honey glaze. I don't know about you, BUT I've been obsessing over hot honey lately.
My fave brand is Mike's Hot Honey and I literally purchase at least 2-3 bottle per month. My husband and I add this sauce to most things, especially fries! OMG. I so recommend!
Rest assured, if you aren't able to get your hands on this stuff for whatever reason, making your own version of hot honey is SUPER easy + simple.
When it comes to making your own Hot Honey, you simply need a handful of ingredients: butter, honey, cayenne pepper, chili powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and salt.
Honestly, one of the best recipes for this sauce comes from Tieghan at Half Baked Harvest. You can find the sauce ingredients + measurements in her Oven Fried Southern Hot Honey Chicken recipe. SO good.
For a little back story into my obsession with chicken. Growing up, I was a super picky eater. Honestly, I don't even remember what my faves were because I really didn't eat a lot of variety. My go-to's definitely was McDonald's Happy meal (those Chicken Nuggets were my lifeline back then) and chicken!
Literally, my Grandfather would pick me up from school and bring me right to McDonald's before heading home or to a friend's house.
During outdoor cooking events or family + friends gatherings, I would be so elated whenever they had jerk chicken or some good ole' friend chicken wings. OMG! I was obsessed with chicken since then and nothing hasn't changed.
As I got a bit older, my taste buds began to evolve a bit and that's when my Grandfather would introduce me to Fried Gizzards, Fried Catfish + Wonder Bread, Chicken Sandwiches, Goat Soup, Curry Goat and the list goes on.
Can you tell that I had a plethora of food combos and flavors? Yup. Sure did. Haha.
Then of course, you enter the 'unhealthy' kid phase of eating where Hot Sausages, Chips, Candy, and everything in between were my favorite things to eat with friends as we played outside. At one point I even enjoyed a good beef jerky, which was short lived but definitely a phase.
OK, so I mention all of this to say this: my food journey was one crazy ride growing up, but it definitely has shaped the way that I chose to eat today.
That's why you'll always find a little bit of everything on Orchids + Sweet Tea and it isn't ever subscribed to just one diet. While being on just one diet isn't a bad thing at all, I just enjoy the freedom to eat healthy without extreme restrictions.
Does the cut of chicken actually matter?
Honestly, I don't think that it does since some chicken + waffle recipes use drumstick, thighs, etc. However, I enjoy using boneless chicken breasts and cutting them into strips. It's definitely a matter of preference.
Is there a difference when pan-friend or oven baked?
Personally, I love frying my meats or anything for that matter in the oven. It's such a healthier option and they do turn out really crispy when you use the right breading and batter. However, if preferred, you can pan-fry your chicken.
How do you get your chicken to be so crispy?
It's all in the breadcrumb + batter combo! Much like with my cauliflower bites, I've found that by first dipping my chicken in a wet flour mixture and then rolling it in breadcrumbs, my chicken has been SO CRISPY and GOOD! Traditionally, an egg wash is used, however, I found that my way of doing it has produced better results for me.
When is it best to eat Chicken and Waffles?
ANYTIME! Haha. I literally enjoy eating this dish during any time of the day---breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. It's honestly perfect for any meal.
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Oh and let's not end it without mentioning my previous Food Themed Weeks. Many of you have been living my #PumpkinWeek, #AppleWeek and #OrangeWeek. I'm so elated and have really enjoyed making dishes that best showcase each themed ingredient.
But since this recipe features chocolate waffles, I thought that it would be worth mentioning another Themed Week ahead-----#ChocolateWeek. There's going to be a lot of deliciousness happening so stay tuned!
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