Fried Chicken & Waffles

Fried Chicken & Waffles
Serves 4

Serve with Cave De Lugny Les Charmes Chardonnay

Few things scream comfort food more potently than chicken and waffles. With a drizzle of hot honey and a glass of Cave de Lugny Les Charmes (a French Chardonnay) you’ll need to double, maybe triple this recipe for all the new friends you’ll have.

1 chicken, broken into 4 pieces
1 quarter butter milk
1 bunch thyme
2-3 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
Salt, to taste
All purpose flour
Vegetable oil
Hot honey

Place chicken in a large bowl and cover with buttermilk. Season mixture with thyme, Old Bay, cayenne and salt and allow the mixture to marinate for at least 1 hour or up to overnight.

Heat fry oil to 365° F.

Season a bowl of flour (enough to dredge each piece of chicken) with the same ingredients as the marinade, adjusting the seasoning based on how much flour you use.

Remove chicken from marinade, shaking excess buttermilk and dredge in flour. Fry until golden and crispy, with the internal temperature of 165° F. Remove from oil and sprinkle with more salt.

Serve with your favorite waffles or below. Make sure to drizzle with hot honey.

Citrus Waffles
Makes 8-12

2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup ricotta cheese
½ cup milk
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 egg
Zest and juice of 1 grapefruit

Mix all ingredients together.

Get a waffle iron nice and hot and spray with cooking spray. Using ½ cup measure, spoon batter into iron and cook until golden brown. Serve with fried chicken.

Ashton Keefe