Fried chicken with sourdough waffles at home!

Fried chicken with sourdough waffles at home!

Chicken and waffles are the perfect brunch!

These sourdough waffles are light and tangy and pair beautifully with buttermilk fried chicken that's both moist and crispy. Let's try this recipe and save money on the way!


for 4 servings

Chicken marinade

4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

kosher salt, to taste

freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1 cup buttermilk(240 mL), (or 1 cup milk + 1 tablespoon lemon juice)

Fried chicken

6 cups canola oil(1.4 L), for frying

2 cups all-purpose flour(250 g)

2 tablespoons baking powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste

½ cup buttermilk(120 mL), (or ½ cup milk + 1½ teaspoons lemon juice)

Sourdough waffles

1 cup all-purpose flour(125 g)

3 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon kosher salt

2 large eggs

¾ cup buttermilk(180 mL), (or ¾ cup milk + 2 teaspoons lemon juice)

1 cup sourdough bread(115 g), starter discard

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled

For serving

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

maple syrup, for drizzling

hot sauce, optional

Fried chicken with sourdough waffles at home!


1- Marinate the chicken: Generously season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper, then place in a large zip-top bag. Pour the buttermilk into the bag and seal to close. Marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

2- Fry the chicken: Heat the canola oil in a large pot until it reaches 350°F (180°C). Set a wire rack over a baking sheet. Preheat the oven to 250°F (120°C).

3- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt. Add the buttermilk, a little bit at a time, and stir with a rubber spatula to incorporate into the dry ingredients. It should be clumpy.

4- Transfer a chicken thigh directly from the marinade to the flour mixture. Evenly coat the chicken all over, pressing to adhere to the dry ingredients. Set on the wire rack and repeat with the remaining chicken.

5- Working 2 pieces at a time, fry the chicken in the hot oil until golden brown and the internal temperature reaches 165°F (75°C), 5–7 minutes, turning occasionally to make sure the chicken browns evenly. Remove from the oil and let drain on a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Season with salt. Keep warm in the oven while you make the waffles.

6- Make the waffles: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

7- In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, sourdough discard, and melted butter. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until fully combined.

8- Add ½ cup (55 G) of waffle batter to the center of the preheated waffle iron. Cook until the waffle is golden brown and cooked through, 4–6 minutes. Transfer waffle to plate spread 1 tablespoon of butter on top, then repeat with the remaining batter.

9- To serve, add 1 waffle to each plate. Top with a piece of chicken and drizzle with maple syrup and hot sauce, if using.

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