The most perfect Oven-Fried Chicken and Waffles with Maple Gravy! Crunchy chicken over a crispy Belgian waffle drizzled with sweet gravy is the ultimate sweet-and-savory combo!

Oven Fried Chicken and Waffles

If you’ve never had Chicken & Waffles, drop what you are doing right now and go make this recipe! Crunchy chicken over a crispy Belgian waffle drizzled with sweet gravy is the ultimate sweet-and-savory combo. It doesn’t matter what time of day it is…the beauty of this dish is that it is perfect for breakfast, brunch or dinner. My personal favorite is brunch!

Oven Fried Chicken and Waffles

Chicken & Waffles first gained popularity in 1930’s Harlem, when the after hours jazz crowd was looking for something to eat that satisfied both their dinner and breakfast cravings. This soulful tradition has since spread across the country and is becoming a staple on many restaurant menus.

A few months ago my husband was on a quest to find the best Chicken & Waffles in Dallas. So every Sunday for 2 months we went to brunch at a different restaurant claiming to have the best in town. We definitely tasted some delicious Chicken & Waffles creations ranging from the classic Belgian waffle and buttermilk fried chicken to the more gourmet bacon-laced waffles, crisp chicken tenders, and scrambled eggs covered in a smoked chili hollandaise sauce. As you can imagine, we really enjoyed these Sunday brunches!

After devouring every Chicken & Waffles dish in town, I began my quest to create an original Chicken & Waffles dish at home. I wanted it to be a little less heavy, but still indulgent. So I created an oven-fried chicken version with the best of both worlds. You still get that delectable crunch fried chicken should have, but without all the grease and fat. The lightly sweetened waffle batter and creamy maple gravy provide the perfect sweetness to compliment the tender spiced chicken.

This recipe is super simple and sure to please every mouth in the house!

Let’s start with the OVEN-FRIED CHICKEN…

Oven Fried Chicken and Waffles

Let the chicken marinate in a mixture of buttermilk and egg whites for at least 30 minutes.

Oven Fried Chicken and Waffles

Whisk flour, cornmeal, salt, black pepper, and red pepper in a small bowl. Place the flour mixture in a paper bag or large sealable plastic bag. Place one piece of chicken in the bag and toss to coat. Shake off excess flour and place the chicken on the prepared rack. Repeat with remaining chicken breasts. Lightly coat chicken with cooking spray.

Oven Fried Chicken and Waffles

Bake at 425°F for 30 minutes; turn the pan and bake for 20 more minutes, or until chicken is brown and crispy.

Oven Fried Chicken and Waffles

It’s waffle time and who doesn’t love fresh waffles? Especially, fluffy crispy BUTTERMILK WAFFLES!

Oven Fried Chicken and Waffles

Do as I say, not as I did on this batch. Lesson learned that I will never put more than a soup ladle full of batter into the waffle iron!

Oven Fried Chicken and Waffles

This is more like it…

Oven Fried Chicken and Waffles

And to top it off, the creamy Maple Gravy!

Heat butter in a heavy pan over medium heat. Add flour and stir constantly 2-3 minutes until flour turns golden brown. Slowly whisk in stock. Over medium-high heat, bring to a boil, stirring constantly until gravy thickens (about 10 minutes). Season with salt and pepper to taste, then stir in syrup. Reduce heat to low until ready to serve.

Oven Fried Chicken and Waffles

Let’s build this delicious dish. The idea is to get all of the amazing flavors in one bite!

Stack a piece of chicken on top of a waffle…

Oven Fried Chicken and Waffles

Drizzle with lots of maple gravy…

Oven Fried Chicken and Waffles

Top it off with some fresh rosemary or a little hot sauce and dig in!

Oven Fried Chicken and Waffles

Enjoy!

xoxo,

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Oven-Fried Chicken and Waffles with Maple Gravy

  • Author: Maegan - The BakerMama
  • Prep Time: 45 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 35 mins
  • Total Time: 2 hours 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main

Description

Crunchy chicken over a crispy Belgian waffle drizzled with sweet gravy is the ultimate sweet-and-savory combo!


Ingredients

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Oven-Fried Chicken:

  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large egg whites, beaten
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 lbs.)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • cooking spray

Buttermilk Waffles:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • cooking spray, for waffle iron

Maple Gravy:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 13/4 cups chicken stock
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup

Instructions

Oven-Fried Chicken:

  1. Whisk buttermilk and egg whites in a shallow glass dish until well blended. Add chicken and turn to coat. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Set a wire rack on the baking sheet and coat it with cooking spray.
  3. Whisk flour, cornmeal, salt, black pepper, and red pepper in a small bowl. Place the flour mixture in a paper bag or large sealable plastic bag. Place one piece of chicken in the bag and toss to coat. Shake off excess flour and place the chicken on the prepared rack. Repeat with remaining chicken breasts. Discard any leftover flour mixture and buttermilk marinade. Lightly coat chicken with cooking spray.
  4. Bake at 425°F for 30 minutes; turn the pan and bake 20 minutes longer, or until chicken is brown and crispy.

Buttermilk Waffles:

  1. Preheat the waffle iron to medium-high heat.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together buttermilk, butter, vanilla and eggs; add the flour mixture, and mix until batter is combined. Do not over mix – there should still be some lumps.
  3. Spray preheated waffle iron with cooking spray. Using a soup ladle, spoon a ladle full of batter into the waffle iron and close the lid. Cook until golden brown about 4-5 minutes. Serve immediately or keep warm for a few minutes in a low heated oven.
  4. Note: If the waffles are getting dark brown, turn down the heat on the iron. If they’re pale, increase the heat, or let them cook a bit longer.

Maple Gravy:

  1. Heat butter in a heavy pan over medium heat. Add flour and stir constantly 2-3 minutes until flour turns golden brown. Slowly whisk in stock.
  2. Over medium-high heat, bring to a boil, stirring constantly until gravy thickens (about 10 minutes). Season with salt and pepper to taste, then stir in syrup.
  3. Reduce heat to low until ready to serve.

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  1. Last night my granddaughter’s wanted Chicken & Waffles and this is the recipe we tried…. It was delicious. We ended up using seasoned bread crumbs instead of cornmeal (will try that next time). Our chicken breasts were so large, we ended up slicing them and arranging them on the waffles…. The waffles were also delicious!

  2. I did exactly as the recipe said and when I took it out of the oven the coating was still floury. All of the coating stuck to the racks (even with greasing them) and I couldn’t use it for anything. I had to throw it all out. Don’t recommend this breading at all and don’t recommend putting them on racks in the oven. I should have stuck with my gut and pan fried them. This sucks

    1. Hi Shannon! Oh no, I hate to hear this. It sounds like you needed to bake it longer. If the coating was crisp on bottom, it shouldn’t have stuck, especially if you greased the rack. Also, did you lightly spray the chicken coating with cooking spray before baking it? This step is important for binding the coating as it bakes crisp. Again, I’m so sorry to hear it didn’t turn out like it’s supposed to.

  3. Used chicken recipe (have my own for waffles) and it took about 25 min longer to cook & crisp up on top. The cornmeal added a strange color & smell to the chicken though and didn’t pair as well w/the Waffles as I’d hoped so if I used this recipe again I’d cut that out or sub something else.

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