Sweet Chick's Buffalo Fried Chicken and Waffles

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The Daily Meal is spending football season getting favorite game-day and tailgating recipes from chef supporters of Taste of the NFL. This week, John Seymour, the restaurateur and owner of Sweet Chick, shares his recipe for buffalo chicken & waffles. A native New Yorker and life-long New York Jets fan, John enjoys watching his favorite New York team while noshing on one of his favorite New York dishes: Chicken & Waffles. “What I love about this dish is that you can enjoy it plain but it’s a great vehicle for all types of flavors and variations.” To give this game-day meal a flavor that punts right off the plate, John likes to prepare his fried chicken with buffalo sauce. (Tip: Panther fans might want to opt for Carolina BBQ sauce instead or Titan fans for some cayenne-laced Nashville hot fried chicken).

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Ingredients

For the fried chicken:

  • 10-12  pieces of chicken
  • gallon water
  • 1  Cup  sweet tea
  • 3/4  Cups  salt
  • 1/4  Cup  pepper
  • 1  Tablespoon  dried thyme
  • 1  Tablespoon  oregano
  • 1  Tablespoon  garlic powder
  • Flour, for dredging
  • quart buttermilk
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

For the buffalo sauce:

  • 4  Cups  hot sauce, such as Franks
  • 1  Pound  butter, diced into one inch cubes
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste

For the blue cheese dressing:

  • 1  Cup  crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 1/2  Cup  mayo
  • 1  Cup  sour cream
  • 2  Tablespoons  lemon juice
  • 1/4  Teaspoon  cayenne pepper
  • 1/4  Teaspoon  paprika
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste

For the carrots and celery waffles:

  • 10  Ounces  flour
  • 3/4  Teaspoons  salt
  • 1  Tablespoon  plus three fourths teaspoon baking powder
  • egg yolks (do not discard the yolks)
  • 15  Ounces  milk
  • 5  Ounces  butter, melted
  • egg whites
  • 3  Tablespoons  sugar
  • 1  Cup  celery, diced
  • 2  Cups  carrots, shredded

Directions

For the fried chicken:

Rinse and pat dry 10-12 pieces of chicken. Combine water, sweet tea, salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, garlic powder and chicken in an air tight container and brine chicken for 24 hours in refrigerator.

Remove the chicken and coat chicken with flour, shaking off the excess. Coat with buttermilk, dredge again, set aside. Fry with vegetable oil at 300 degrees F for 15-20 minutes until done. 

 

 

For the buffalo sauce:

Place franks hot sauce in a sauce pot and add cubed butter. Bring to boil for 5 minutes, reduce to simmer and continue simmering for 40 minutes until reduced by ¼. Season to taste with salt and pepper and set aside.

 

For the blue cheese dressing:

In a medium size mixing blow, whisk together all ingredients until thoroughly combined and season to taste with salt and pepper.  Set the dressing aside, this can be done in advance and refrigerated.

 

For the carrots and celery waffles:

Combine flour, salt and baking powder in a mixing  bowl. Add egg yolks, milk and melted butter and whisk until combined, small lumps are okay. In a separate bowl, whip egg whites to a soft peak , add sugar. Whip the egg whites and sugar to a stiff peak and gently fold the whites into the large mixing bowl with all other ingredients. Fold in celery and carrots into the waffle batter. Cook waffle in waffle iron until golden brown.

Coat fried chicken in buffalo sauce and plate with celery waffle and blue cheese dressing.

 

Fried Chicken Shopping Tip

Buy whole chickens and ask the butcher to quarter them for you. You will save an average of $5 per pound, or more.

Fried Chicken Cooking Tip

Wash everything that chicken touches with soap and hot water.

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