Keto Chicken And Waffles, Chaffles
This meal turned out to be a major hit with my loved ones and is now categorized as a top keto comfort food favorite. This may be a much healthier option than the traditional favorite but trust me, it’s equally packed with flavor.
The chicken is super tender, juicy with a crispy batter that will have you thinking you just cheated on keto. The waffles are light, airy, crispy on the outside, and flat-out delicious.
As far as I am concerned even the genius who came up with the idea of combining these two would welcome a keto-friendly chicken and waffle recipe, that’s how confident I am in this dish.
Keto Chicken And Waffles
I served my chicken and chaffles to my family for the first time as a Friday night dinner, but it’s one dish that can be served any time of day. I promise it will be a welcomed soul food dish whether served for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner.
No matter the time you choose to serve these chaffles they are sure to illicit excitment.
It seems some version of chicken and waffles has been served for ions. There is some debate as to when exactly this appeared in food establishments.
But many believe this dish became popular during the 1930s in America. Apparently, it was first served in jazz clubs who served leftover breakfast waffles with fried chicken as a dinner option.
How To Make Keto Chicken And Waffles
I decided to use tenderloins for the chicken to make the frying process easier. Frying chicken can be a bit time consuming, which is why I opted for tenders that I lightly pounded and marinated before giving them a generous coating.
The chicken must be allowed to marinate for at least 90 minutes to ensure it’s both flavorful and tender. If making this dish for breakfast, I recommend that you marinate the chicken overnight to save on time.
I created what I consider to be keto-friendly buttermilk, by adding some apple cider vinegar to heavy whipping cream. All I can say is that it worked like a charm. Unfortunately, the use of regular buttermilk won’t work because it’s just too high in carbs.
These chicken tenders turned out juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside for one very yummy option. The best part is that it’s a guilt-free dish since it has a fraction of the carbs compared to its counterpart.
As far as the coating goes I used a combination of parmesan cheese, almond and coconut flour, and spices. Trust me when I tell you that the parm cheese is an essential part of this coating. Not only does the cheese make the coating extra crispy, but it adds a ton of flavor.
I know some people make their coating using pork rinds but I find that it does not hold up as well in the frying process and it certainly does not crisp up the same.
I came up with this trusty coating very early in our keto journey, when I wanted to make healthier chicken nuggets for my son. It’s what I use any time I need a dependable option.
You can choose to bake the chicken but you will need to drizzle the tops of the tenders with some butter to help them crisp up properly in the oven. I tested this for you and it works like a charm and of course, baking will save you some time.
I’ve had numerous requests to share a recipe that would come close to regular waffles for a while now. But I hesitated until I knew I had a winning recipe.
You see this girl can’t stand limp waffles. I wanted a keto waffle that was crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Was that really too much to ask? Well, I am thrilled to report that I accomplished what I think to be an ideal keto-friendly waffle recipe.
How? By making a batter using cream cheese, and eggs but also almond, coconut flour, and a little psyllium husk powder for stability. Yup that combination of ingredients produced the perfect texture I was after. I can’t wait for you to try them!
Cayenne Maple Syrup
Of course, after working so hard on this waffle recipe they deserved a great syrup to finish them up. As I was frying the chicken I kept thinking about how delicious it would be to make a syrup that would be spiked with a little cayenne, you know just for fun.
I went with my intuition and heated some Lakanto Maple Syrup, my favorite sugar-free syrup option, and added 1 teaspoon of Tabasco original flavor pepper sauce. All I can say is that it was the perfect accompaniment to this Southern keto dish.
The level of spiciness is totally up to you so feel free to start with 1/4 teaspoon and keep tasting until you achieve the level of spice you prefer.
After I lightly heated the syrup I then added 1/4 cup of unsalted cold butter and gave it a quick stir. The syrup will emulsify instantly due to the addition of the cold butter. It gives you a nice syrup with the consistency of caramel sauce.
Even if you opt to leave the hot sauce out of the syrup, do still heat up your syrup and add the butter. I promise once you do you’ll never go back to straight syrup.
My family was a little hesitant at first to try my cayenne maple syrup sauce but once they did they were sold. All I kept hearing throughout the meal was “can you pass me the sauce please”? LOL, I just knew it would be a hit with them!
What Is The Best Way To Eat Chicken And Waffles?
As far as which is the best way to enjoy your keto chicken and waffles, it’s really up to you. You can certainly add a couple of fried or poached eggs to the mix. Or even a couple of pieces of bacon as chicken and waffle toppings would be nice.
But frankly, the only thing it really needs is some sugar-free syrup. It’s the best way to enjoy the salty, sweet combination of this classic dish.
Keto Chicken And Waffles, Chaffles
Keto Chicken and Waffles, a low carb version of a Southern soul food favorite that combines fried chicken with waffles. The chicken is coated in keto-friendly topping and the waffles are sugar-free, grain-free and gluten-free. It’s a delicious alternative to its high carb counterpart.