Hotlanta-style chicken and waffle sandwiches with spicy maple mayonnaise

  • Preparation Time25 mins
  • Cooking Time20 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyMedium
100g plain flour
30g cornflour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp salt
250ml buttermilk
70ml peanut oil
1 egg
1 tsp sugar
Peanut oil, for frying
70g plain flour
90g panko breadcrumbs
3/4 tsp Cajun seasoning
10 dashes hot sauce
1 egg, beaten
1 tbsp water
12 chicken fillets
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
220g mayonnaise
60ml pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp mustard powder
1 tsp horseradish
12 slices applewood smoked streaky bacon, cooked until crispy and drained
8 slices sharp Cheddar
1) In a large bowl, combine the flour, cornflour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, and salt; mix well. Add the buttermilk, peanut oil, egg, and sugar. Mix well. Let the batter sit for 30 minutes before cooking the waffles.

2) Preheat a waffle iron. Follow the directions on the waffle iron to cook the waffles accordingly - you will need at least 4 large size waffles to assemble the sandwiches.

3) Once the waffles are golden, remove from the iron. Allow to cool and split them horizontally. Keep the waffles warm in a low oven, if necessary, until required.

4) Heat about 7cm of peanut oil to 190C in a large enamel or cast iron Dutch oven.

5) Place flour in a small bowl. In another bowl, mix panko and Cajun seasoning. In a third bowl, mix hot sauce, egg, and water. Remove the tough tendon from each fillet.

6) Roll each tender in flour, then in egg mixture, then in panko mix. Fry immediately until the fillets are cooked through and golden brown, about 3 to 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside or keep warm in a low oven.

7) In a medium bowl, mix the mayonnaise, maple syrup, mustard powder and horseradish.

8) To assemble the sandwiches, lay 1/2 the waffle bottom on an ovenproof plate; top with the 3 chicken fillets, 3 slices of bacon, and 2 slices of Cheddar. Grill the sandwich for a few minutes until the cheese melts.

9) Spread about 3 tbsp of the maple mayonnaise on the top waffle and place on the sandwich.

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