I’ve talked about my love of entertaining for brunch. But sometimes I can’t decide whether I want to make a sweet brunch, or a savory one. Why not both?
This is what I call a semi-homemade brunch. The waffles are made from scratch and can be made the day before. Simply toast in an oven at 400 degrees for 3-5 minutes on a cookie sheet.
The chicken tenders can be bought at your local grocery store. Reheat and toss in Frank’s Hot Sauce and you are in business and won’t be stuck in the kitchen and can enjoy your guests!
Chicken and Waffles
Recipe for 6 Waffles in a standard waffle maker:
2 cups self-rising flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
½ cup plain Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 chicken fingers (store bought)
1/3 cup Frank’s hot sauce
1 tablespoon butter
Sugar free pancake syrup
2 tablespoons fresh parsley
Mix the flour, salt, baking powder and sugar together in a large bowl. In a second bowl, mix the eggs, almond milk, yogurt and vanilla. Combine the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir with a fork, just until combined.
Now here is the key to fluffy waffles – let the batter sit at least 15 minutes before cooking to let the baking powder do its magic. If you can do 30 minutes – all the better!
Using ½ cup measuring cup per waffle, cook according to manufacturer instructions. I cook mine on medium heat for about 4 minutes.
The waffles can be made the day before. Simply cool and store in a Ziploc bag.
The morning of the brunch:
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Place the store-bought tenders on a baking sheet and bake for about 8-10 minutes, or until heated through. While that cooks, in a sauce pan, add the hot sauce and butter and simmer over low heat, just until the butter melts.
Pour the sauce in a large bowl. Remove the chicken from the oven. Put the waffles in the oven and cook for 2 minutes. When the waffles are done, toss the chicken in the buffalo sauce.
Plate the waffles on the bottom of the plate, top with the buffalo chicken, drizzle with the pancake syrup and garnish with the parsley.
It’s sweet, savory, the waffles will be slightly crunchy on the outside, yet tender on the inside. And then you get the spice of the buffalo chicken - the best of both worlds!
If brunch is your thing, check out The Chopping Block's Bellini Brunch at the Merchandise Mart on Saturday, May 25 at 10am.
Start the weekend off right with a sumptuous and seasonal brunch. One Bellini per person is included in the price of the class.
Or if you’d rather sit back and sip on wine, check out our Mother’s Day Demonstration Brunch on Sunday, May 12 at 10am:
Treat mom to a relaxing and delicious brunch complete with cooking demonstration. Class includes a full meal, so come hungry! Mimosas and Bellinis will be available for purchase.
Or if you enjoy Bloody Mary’s, check out Bloody Mary Brunch on Sunday, May 19 at 10am at Lincoln Square.
Learn how to make the perfect brunch to accompany this classic morning beverage. This cooking lesson includes a full meal, so come hungry!
- Bloody Mary’s (One Bloody Mary per person is included in the price of class with additional for purchase.)
- Fried Chicken and Waffles with Tabasco Honey Butter – um, how good does that Tabasco honey butter sound?!
So what team are you on – team spicy or team sweet?! Let me know in the comments.