So…yeah…that’s a chicken and waffle with melted cheese all up on it. I made these rosemary-laced waffles with a decidedly savory slant for a project I was working on for Bisquick that didn’t end up getting used…and I couldn’t hold out on you and just let it whither away on my desktop. I had to share it! I mean, it’s crispy chicken and rosemary waffles meets cheesy melt, with a little sweet and spicy condiment, and it’s real good.
I’m a firm believer that most things are better with cheese. It’s just science, ya know? The waffles can be made with whatever your favorite, basic waffle recipe is with the addition of a heap of rosemary. It makes for a savory, herbal waffle that pairs perfectly with the super-crispy, Panko-crusted chicken. There’s a maple drizzle that’s spiced up with tangy Tabasco…it’s pretty amazing as a dipper for chicken fingers and makes total sense with this savory waffle concoction. The chives bring a little savory bite and the cheese does it’s magical, melty cheese thing. This crazy dish was intended to bring together breakfast and dinner to make everyones favorite meal: brinner! I think it works for a savory + sweet + cheesy + spicy breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner or brinner…it’s a versatile one.
Chicken and Waffle Melts
Since these waffles were intended for a project using Bisquick, they are made with the mix. I have not included a recipe for the waffles here, but you should use whatever waffle recipe is your stand-by and add 1 to 2 tablespoons of chopped, fresh rosemary.
4-6 rosemary waffles
1/2 lb. chicken breast cut into chunks
1 tablespoon flour
1/4 cup milk
5 dashes of hot sauce, like tabasco
3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup flour
salt and pepper
1/4 cup maple syrup
as many dashes of hot sauce (tabasco) as you like
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3 tablespoons chopped chives
Mix the chicken with the 1 tablespoon of flour to coat. Place the egg, milk, and hot sauce in a shallow, wide dish and whisk to combine. Place the panko, 1/4 cup flour, a big pinch of salt and pepper in another shallow, wide dish and mix to combine. Dip the flour coated chicken pieces in egg mixture, and dredge through the panko mixture to coat. Set on a plate and allow to rest for about 10 minutes so the breading adheres well to the chicken. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat with about 1 inch of canola oil. Once the oil is hot, shallow fry the chicken in batches until cooked through and golden on all sides. Drain on a paper towel lined plate.
Preheat your oven’s broiler.
In a small bowl whisk together the maple and hot sauce. Place waffles on a baking sheet and layer with chicken pieces, and a generous amount of cheese. Place under the broiler and cook until cheese is melted and bubbly. Remove from over, place on plates and sprinkle with chopped chives. Drizzle with the spicy maple and eat! [/recipe]
I hope Zingerman’s Roadhouse reads yo blog girl, because I want to eat this for brinner tonight!
they better have their shiz together and get this on the menu 😉
Oh My Gawsh gurl yes.. this is the bomb.com.. You know how I feel about fried chicken and waffles..
Fried chicken and waffle love FOREVER!
Sarah | The Sugar Hit
Crispy rosemary waffles? Crispy panko chicken? Maple hot sauce? MELTY CHEESE??? It’s all just a beautiful dream.
it’s REALITY! thanks, Sarah!
Cindy! Really, these are amazing!! I kind of have been doing the cheesy waffle thing a lot lately, but never with chicken! Why? I have no idea! These are freaking awesome. In love with them!
YES! I’m so glad to know you like some cheese with your waffles…the chicken is just the next step 😉
OMG this looks amazing. Had my first chicken and waffles experience a few weeks ago and now I can’t get enough!
yay! the first chicken and waffle experience is a game changer!
Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen
WHY do I not own a waffle maker? This looks delicious Cindy!
every home should have one! thanks, Maggie!!
Maria | Pink Patisserie
Oh, goodness these look lush. Brinner is my absolute favorite meal, hands down.
Brinner always wins!
Amy | Club Narwhal
Okay, you have me. I’m so hopping on this chicken and waffles train. Especially since there’s cheese. So much luscious cheese.
YES! Cheese is the great uniter, it’s a fact.
GET OUT OF TOWN, CINDY.
THEN COME TO MY TOWN SO WE CAN EAT THESE TOGETHER.
we’ll have these then high-five with all the popsicles!
Wow, came over here from Jess’s blog and have to say that these look amazinggggg!
Thank you for clicking through, Stephanie!!
Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
Don’t ever stop being so amazing and inventive girl. This whole cheesy chicken waffle situation is making me salivate!
Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine)
I’ve never had chicken and waffles–aside from that horrid potato chip–but if I am ever going to eat it, I think this should be how. It looks sooo gooood!
yikes! those chips scare me…you definitely need a redeeming chicken and waffles experience!
Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)
Seriously? Wow! I have to try this!
You got a good brain up there! Love this!
Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough
OH EM GEEEEEE to these waffles! I would have breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and brinner in one day just so I could eat as many of these as possible.
I like that plan!
Oh my gosh girl!
These are kicked up fabulous!
You should get a reward or something! LOL
Need to share these on my friday link roundup!
share away! thanks, Dawn!!
Bisquick’s loss is our gain! Those photos literally took my breath away – amazing. I’d love a plate of these for dinner tonight.
exactly! thanks, Jess!!
How much rosemary do you put into the waffle mix? Or, where can I buy frozen rosemary waffles?
1-2 tablespoons, it’s just below the recipe title and above the ingredients list 🙂
Saw your photo on Pinterest and instantly fell in love. I’ve never had chicken and waffles before, but your combo of favors can only be a win. Thank you for sharing!
Rachel @ Bakerita
OMG. Literally drooling. Need these in my life ASAP.
Elizabeth @ SugarHero.com
Whaaaaat?! I literally just finished dinner but now I can’t stop thinking about these beauties. You are a genius!
Whoa, whoa, whoa! It all looks incredible, but the maple syrup tabasco is really blowing my mind. Savory/sweet/sour/spicy for the win.
Things *are* just better with cheese. It’s a complete truth! Just came upon your blog and I’m having a good time scrolling through your lovely posts. Nice to meet you!
Gina @ So Lets Hang Out
When I first saw this picture, I thought you had taken a waffle and then put tater tots on top with melt-y cheese. Let’s just say I wasn’t mad about it. 😉 Oh, my brain. I guess this whole chicken thing looks pretty darn delish too! Maybe I will gluten-free this situation up. Get crazy.
Renee @ Awesome on $20
This is pure genius. Let’s put cheese on all the foods ever! Seriously, though, I love the sweet and savoury action you have going on with this. The thing I don’t like about chicken and waffles is the bones. Who has time for that? I’m so trying this!
Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper
I totally need to try savory waffles. This sounds like a great way to start!
Holy cow girl, these look amazing! Well done!