Home » RECIPE: Chicken And Waffles With Beer Glazed Onions
July 29, 2016
Chicken and waffles may be the greatest dish to ever grace the plates of human beings. Something about the saltiness of the crispy fried chicken combining with the sweetness of the fluffy waffle transforms it into heavenly goodness. And who doesn't love beer glazed onions? If you've never had them, be prepared to never want a non-beer-glazed onion ever again. Adding the onions to the chicken and waffles takes it to that next culinary level.
The beauty of this recipe is the freedom to experiment with it. Want to add other spices to your breading? Go for it! Want to add jalapeños to the waffles? Why not? Feel like throwing some bacon on there? Perfect!
In case you don't like getting creative in the kitchen, this is how I do it:
I always plate the waffle first. Then comes the onions. I've always used a Belgian white ale and it turns out great; but use whatever beer you like to drink and you'll enjoy the final product. The beer becomes a loosely defined sauce as it cooks down, so pour that right on the waffle with the onions. Sometimes I'll go ahead and put a little syrup or honey on the waffle before the chicken tops it all off. And, of course you have to sprinkle some hot sauce on the chicken. Once that's all done, grab a fork and knife and dive in!
Beer Glazed Onions
For the Chicken
1Pound chicken breasts thin (1-1.5 inches thick) and cut in half. Season to taste.
2Mix panko, Italian bread crumbs, flour and seasonings (to taste) in bowl.
3Beat eggs in separate bowl.
4Dip each chicken breast piece in beaten egg, then coat thoroughly with dry mixture.
5As you let chicken come to room temperature, fill bottom of a cast iron skillet with vegetable oil (about 1/3 of an inch). Heat on medium-high heat until very hot (4-5 minutes should do it).
6Once oil is hot, place chicken in skillet. Cook for about 4 minutes, or until breading mixture is golden brown.
7Flip over and cook for another 3 or 4 minutes. Once both sides of breading is slightly darker than golden brown, take chicken out and pat with paper towels to remove excess oil.
For the Waffles
1Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl.
2Mix until combined. Leave batter slightly lumpy.
3Cook in whatever waffle iron you prefer.
For the Beer Glazed Onions
1Slice whole onion into rings. Thickness doesn't matter too much.
2Melt butter in non-stick pan. Toss onions in and cook over medium until tender and slightly opaque.
3Pour in enough beer to not quite cover the onions. Drink the rest of the bottle while you continue cooking.
4Turn down burner to medium-low and let the beer soak into the onions. Stir occasionally.
5Add in the salt and sugar and stir.
6They're done when the onions are soft and delicious. You can cook them more or less depending on your taste.
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