Appetizer Essentials: Spicy Chicken Waffle Bites

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By Andy Anderson !
from Wichita, KS

I had two goals for today… One was to finish up a painting I’ve been working on, and another was to come up with an appetizer for a casual Saturday afternoon party I’m hosting tomorrow. This is the appetizer… the painting is still a work in progress. So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

serves 4
prep time 15 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Deep Fry


  •   1/4 c
    fresh clover honey
  •   1/2 tsp
    hungarian paprika
  •   1 pinch
    cayenne pepper
  •   1 large
    chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  •   10 small
    mini waffles, plain variety
  •   1 1/2 c
    fresh buttermilk
  •   1 1/2 c
    flour, all-purpose variety
  •   1 tsp
    black pepper, freshly ground, or to taste
  •   1 tsp
    chili powder, or to taste
  •   1 tsp
    cajun spice, or to taste i prefer tony chacheres
  •   1/2 tsp
    salt, kosher variety
  •   1/2 tsp
    onion powder or to taste
    peanut oil, for frying, or other non-flavored oil

How To Make

  • 1
  • 2
    Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  • 3
    Mix the honey, cayenne and paprika together in a small bowl, and reserve.
  • 4
    Chef's Note: The interplay between the honey, the paprika, and the cayenne, create some really interesting flavor notes for your palette.
  • 5
    Mix all the ingredients for the batter in a large bowl.
  • 6
    Chef’s Tip: The batter should be nice and thick; almost like a tempura batter.
  • 7
    Add the chicken bites into the batter.
  • 8
    Add some oil (about 1in/2.5cm) to a pan, or pot, and heat up to 350f (175c).
  • 9
    Shake off the excess and add the chicken in small batches into the hot oil.
  • 10
    Fry until the chicken is cooked through and golden brown, about 3 – 5 minutes.
  • 11
    Drain on paper towels, and finish cooking the remaining chicken bites.
  • 12
    Toast the mini waffles until golden brown.
  • 13
  • 14
    Place the chicken bites, on the toasted mini waffles, drizzle with the honey/paprika/cayenne mixture, and serve while nice and warm. Enjoy.
  • 15
    Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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