Hot Honey Chicken and Waffles

I bought chicken and waffles recently…they were the most disappointing chicken and waffles I have ever had.

I decided to no longer trust, so I took matters into my own hands and made my own chicken and waffles. Soooo I made fried chicken pieces coated in a slightly sweet, slightly spicy hot honey. And then soft fluffy waffles.

If you enjoy chicken and waffles, you need to try this recipe!

The hot honey chicken and waffles on a plate.

Video Tutorial

Breakdown of the process

This recipe is pretty simple, but there are a few different parts to it. So let me give a quick overview of what we’re going to be doing. 

  • Season the chicken – in the recipe card below I’ve said to season the chicken then leave it in your fridge for an hour. Honestly, I didn’t wait. It’s better if you do, but you don’t have to.
  • Coat the chicken – we’re going to coat the chicken in a batter first, and then a seasoned flour mixture.
  • Fry the chicken
  • Make the hot honey
  • Coat the chicken in the hot honey – after this I recommend turning your oven on a lower heat and leaving the chicken in there whiles you make your waffles. 
  • Make your waffle batter
  • Cook your waffles – then after you can dig in.
A close up of the chicken and waffles on a plate.

The seasonings

Here are the seasonings I used for the chicken:

  • Lemon juice (I don’t think this counts as a seasoning but I’m including it)
  • Salt
  • Chilli powder
  • Chilli flakes
  • Paprika
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Black pepper

I wanted to say, you don’t have to use the same seasonings I used. You can use whatever ones you want.

Even with the measurements I’ve added into the recipe card, you don’t need to follow those exactly.

Season the chicken to your taste. 

The chicken and the seasonings before being mixed together.

The coating 

When frying chicken, there are so many different ways you can coat your chicken.

Like I mentioned, I coated mine in a batter first and then some seasoned flour.

I use this coating every time I’m frying chicken. 

I’ve always struggled a little when it comes to making fried chicken. The coating would always fall off after frying.

But since making it this way, with a batter and flour mixture, the coating never falls off and it also gives you such crispy chicken without needing to double fry it. I love it.

These are the ingredients I used for the coating:

  • Plain flour – also known as all purpose flour.
  • Corn flour – also known as corn starch.
  • Some seasonings
  • Eggs – to make the batter. 
  • Water – also to make the batter.
The coated chicken pieces on a wire rack, before being fried.

Frying the chicken

You want to fry your chicken in oil that is around 180c.

Any flavourless oil works, but I always like to use vegetable oil.

We’re going to fry the chicken, in batches, until they’re golden brown, crispy and cooked.

It’s hard to give an exact time on how long it will take for the chicken to cook. It just depends on the size of your chicken pieces.

If you are unsure if they are cooked, you can just take one out of the oil and cut it in half. If the inside looks cooked, the chicken is cooked.

Also if you don’t have a thermometer DO NOT WORRY.

Instead, heat up your oil for a bit, then add one of your chicken pieces into it.

If the chicken starts gently bubbling, the oil is ready. You can add more chicken into it.

If the chicken doesn’t bubble, the oil is too cold, let it heat up for longer.

If the chicken starts aggressively bubbling, the oil is too hot. Lower the heat or turn it off, and let the oil cool down for a few minutes.

You want your chicken to be gently bubbling throughout the whole frying process.

The chicken on a wire rack, after being fried.

The hot honey

Once the chicken has been fried, we can make the hot honey.

For this, all you need is:

  • Honey
  • Hot sauce – use any hot sauce here, use your favourite. Also I’ve said to use 100ml in the recipe card, but you can use more or less depending on how spicy you want it to be.
  • Butter
  • Chilli flakes – this is optional, I just added them for some extra spiciness.

You just heat these together, then dip your chicken into it.

You will have extra leftover. This is good, you can pour it over your waffles, kinda like maple syrup, but hot honey instead.

The chicken on a wire rack, after being coated in the hot honey.

The waffles

Now that the chicken is done WE CAN MOVE ONTO THE WAFFLESSSSS.

These do not take long to make at all, and they’re also so easy to make.

This is what I used for the batter:

  • Plain flour – again, also known as all purpose flour.
  • Granulated sugar – caster sugar works too.
  • Baking powder – to help give the waffles some fluffiness.
  • Salt – to help enhance the flavours.
  • Plain yoghurt
  • Whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • Vanilla – for extra flavour.
  • Unsalted butter – salted butter works too, but don’t add the 1/4 teaspoon of salt the recipe tell you to add.

Don’t over mix your batter

The only thing I have to say when it comes to making this batter, is to not over mix it.

You will not have soft fluffy waffles if you over mix the batter. So just mix it until you can no longer see any flour.

It will be slightly lumpy, but this is ok. 

But once the batter is made, follow the instructions on your waffle iron to cook them. 

Then everything is done!

1 waffle on a wire rack.

Hot Honey Chicken and Waffles

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Ingredients

  • 500g-600g chicken breasts, cut into small pieces

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 2 teaspoons chilli powder

  • 2 teaspoons chilli flakes

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • For the coating:
  • 200g plain flour

  • 200g corn flour

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 2 eggs

  • 120ml water

  • For the hot honey:
  • 250g honey

  • 100g hot sauce (you can use more or less depending on how spicy you want this to be)

  • 50g butter

  • 2 teaspoons chilli flakes (optional)

  • For the waffles (this makes 2 whole waffles):
  • 150g plain flour

  • 20g granulated sugar

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 120g plain yoghurt

  • 120ml whole milk

  • 1 egg

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 50g unsalted butter, melted

Directions

  • Marinating the chicken:
  • In a large bowl, add the chicken, lemon juice and the seasonings. Mix all this together.
  • Cover and leave in your fridge for at least an hour.
  • The coating:
  • After an hour, you can make the coating.
  • In a large bowl, add the flour, corn flour and the seasonings. Whisk these together.
  • Get half of this flour mixture and add this into a separate bowl.
  • Add the eggs and water into this bowl and whisk. You want a smooth batter that is a little thin, but thick enough to coat the chicken. If it seems too thick, add more water. If it seems too thin, add some more plain flour.
  • Mix your chicken into this batter.
  • Take a piece of the chicken out of the batter, let any excess batter drip off, then coat it in your flour mixture.
  • Repeat until you've coated all of the chicken. Leave the coated chicken on a tray, or wire rack, whiles your oil heats up.
  • Frying the chicken:
  • You want to fry your chicken in oil that is around 180c.
  • Fry your chicken in batches, until fully cooked and a golden brown colour. The time this takes will vary depending on the size of your chicken pieces.
  • Take the chicken out of the oil and leave on a wire rack so the excess oil can drain off. Then repeat until you've fried all of the chicken.
  • Making the hot honey
  • In a pan or pot, add all the ingredients for the hot honey.
  • Place this onto medium heat and heat until the butter melts, then let this come to a simmer. Let this mixture simmer for 1-2 minutes. You just want it to thicken slightly.
  • Take this off the heat.
  • Dip your fried chicken pieces into this, then place them back onto a wire rack.
  • At this point, I recommend turning your oven on, on a low heat. Leave your chicken in there whiles you make the waffles. This will keep the chicken warm.
  • Making the waffles:
  • In a large bowl, add the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Whisk these together.
  • Add the yoghurt, milk, egg, vanilla and melted butter into this. Whisk just until combined. You don't want to over mix this batter, mix just until combined. It's ok if the batter is a little lumpy.
  • To cook them, follow the instructions on your waffle iron. Every waffle iron works differently, so follow those instructions.
  • But once cooked, plate up with the chicken, then enjoy!
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