Mini Chicken 'n Waffles


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In celebration of March Madness, which will ultimately be playing out in Atlanta, Georgia this April, I’m offering up a fun and easy semi-homemade recipe for mini chicken & waffles! Call ’em chicken & waffle sliders!  

They’re tasty and if you make ’em my way, just a liiiiiiittle healthier than your average chicken & waffles.

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless thin-sliced chicken breasts

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • Splash of milk

  • 3 tbsp. olive or vegetable oil

  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil

  • Whole wheat mini waffles (Eggo or other brands)*

  • 2 tbsp. molasses

  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar

  • Sea Salt

  • Green apple, sliced into small pieces

  • Brie cheese, cut into mini bite-size wedges

Panko Breading Mixture:

  • 1 cup panko crumbs

  • ¼ tsp. sea salt

  • ¼ – ½ tsp. Lawry’s Seasoned Salt (add more if you like your chicken saltier to offset the sweet sauce and waffles)

  • 1/8 tsp. chili powder

  • ¼ tsp. fresh ground black pepper

  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder

FANGATING TIP:

Tips: You don’t have to use whole wheat waffles. I just like the extra sweetness and nuttiness and they’re a little better for you.

You can also skip the molasses reduction entirely and just use maple syrup!

Directions:

  1. ‍In a small saucepot, combine the molasses, balsamic vinegar, and a pinch of sea salt. Stir well and then let reduce for several minutes over low heat while you cook everything else.

  2. Combine the egg and milk in a bowl.

  3. Dunk each chicken breast in the egg before coating completely in the panko crumb mixture.

  4. In a skillet combine the oils and heat on medium-low. Add the chicken into the skillet and pan fry over medium to medium-high heat, making sure to flip, until both sides are browned and the chicken is cooked through. (This will only take a few minutes).

  5. Remove from heat and cut into chunks roughly the size of your waffles.

  6. Warm your waffles, preferably in the toaster or oven so they’re warm but also have a bit of bite.

  7. Sandwich a piece of chicken between two waffles, top with a slice of apple, a piece of Brie, and drizzle with the molasses-balsamic reduction*, and serve!