I love the fried chicken I grew up on, but this version takes the beauty of the comfort-food classic to another level, and adds a spicy sauce with a twist, for excitement. The technique here uses basically the same principle as twice-fried French fries: you fry the chicken pieces once at medium heat to just cook them through, and then fry them a second time at a higher heat to brown and crisp the skin. The key to achieving this chicken’s extra-crispy skin on the outside and juiciness on the inside is to pat the raw chicken pieces dry and refriger¬ate uncovered for several hours, or preferably overnight, to let the skin dry out. Moisture is the enemy of crispness.
With the rice flour and tapioca starch, these waffles have a chewier texture than wheat flour waffles. If you don’t have a waffle iron, the same batter can be used for cooking up 4 large pancakes or 8 smaller ones in a lightly buttered skillet; top them with melted butter and cane syrup as directed for the waffles.
From Treme, by Lolis Eric Elie