Crispy Chicken and Spring Onion Waffle Sandwich

  • Preparation Time25 mins
  • Cooking Time20 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyMedium

For the chicken

2/3 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 teaspoons hot sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon granulated onion
2 pounds boneless chicken tenders
Vegetable oil, for frying
2 cups unbleached plain flour
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
3 cups panko breadcrumbs
3 tablespoons ancho chilli powder
3 large eggs

For the spicy maple butter

8 tablespoons salted butter, softened
3 tablespoons maple syrup
3 teaspoons hot sauce
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

For the waffles

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup bicarbonate of soda
2 cups unbleached plain flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup chopped spring onions
Nonstick cooking spray
4 green tomatoes, cleaned and thinly sliced, for serving

For the chicken: In a small bowl, mix together the buttermilk, hot sauce, salt, granulated garlic and granulated onion. Place the chicken into a re-sealable bag and pour the buttermilk marinade over the chicken. Marinate for at least 2 hours, or overnight, in the fridge.

Preheat the oven to 95°C and have 2 baking sheets with wire racks set inside. Preheat a waffle maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. In a large cast-iron frying pan, bring an inch of oil to 175°C.

In a baking dish, add the flour and season it with the paprika and some salt and pepper. In another baking dish, add the panko and season it with the ancho chilli powder and some salt and pepper. In another dish, beat the eggs.

Remove the chicken from the marinade, allowing the excess buttermilk to drip off. Then dredge the chicken first in the flour, then in the eggs and finally coat the chicken in the panko.

Fry the chicken in batches, being careful not to overcrowd the pan, until each side of the chicken is golden brown and the interior reads 71°C on an instant-read thermometer, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove the fried chicken to one of the prepared baking sheets and place into the warm oven to stay warm and crispy while you make the waffles.

For the spicy maple butter: Mix the butter, syrup, hot sauce and cayenne in a bowl.

For the waffles: Whisk the oil, vanilla and eggs in a medium bowl until combined. Add the buttermilk and bicarbonate of soda.

In another bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, table salt and baking soda to combine. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and whisk until smooth. Stir in the spring onions.

Spray the waffle maker with some nonstick cooking spray. Pour the batter in the waffle iron and cook until golden. Set aside in a warm oven on the other prepared baking sheet until ready to serve.

For the sandwich build: Spread each waffle with a generous portion of the maple butter. Place some tomato slices on a waffle and then some of the hot crispy chicken. Top with the other waffle to seal the deal.

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