WTF Chicken & Waffles
Everyone loves this delicious southern dish but if you ask your doctor it's not something you should eat all the time. So I decided to try and make this as healthy as possible while still retaining all the juicy, tender, savory ass taste that we all love. Don’t get me wrong, this shit is still fired but with a couple of minimal swaps, we’re reducing the amount of sugar involved which is better for you in the long run. Check it out.
What You’ll Need:
4lbs of wings
1 cup of grits or cornmeal
2 cups of buttermilk
6 cups of whole wheat flour
½ cup of coconut oil
6 whole eggs
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of baking powder
2 cups of milk or silk
Cooking spray for the waffle iron
½ cup of parmesan cheese
3 tablespoon of salt
3 tablespoon of season salt
2 tablespoon of pepper
1 tablespoon of garlic
Don’t be afraid to substitute where you feel comfortable. There’s nothing wrong with a leggo my Eggo waffle!
Let’s start with the chicken. In a large mixing bowl add your wings, season salt, black pepper, and garlic, and mix well coating the wings all over. Next pour in the buttermilk until it almost covers all of the chicken. Marinate for at least 30 minutes but if you have time, leave them bad boys in the mix overnight.
While the chicken is marinating let’s start the waffles. In another mixing bowl, add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and 1 teaspoon of salt and whisk until blended. Next, add the eggs, milk, and melted coconut oil and continue whisking until it becomes a smooth batter. If it's a bit too thick add a few tablespoons of water. Heat your waffle iron and once hot spray with cooking oil before adding the batter to the center. Cook according to your waffle irons settings or until you see steam coming out. Them bad boys are most likely done by then.
In a medium saucepot, bring 4 cups of water to a boil and add a dash of salt. Once boiling, add the grits and reduce to a simmer. For richer grits, stir a tablespoon of margarine as it simmers. I highly recommend doing that! Cook until the water has been reduced adding salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the parmesan cheese last and stir until creamy.
Now on to our star, the WANGS. In a medium frying pan heat 2-3 cups of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Ideal temp is 375 degrees Fahrenheit. In a separate bowl, add 3 cups of whole wheat flour and dredge each of the wings in it until they are coated. Add to the frying pan and cook until golden brown or 5-6 minutes on each side. Make sure you don’t crowd the pan or it will take twice as long to cook. Once they are done, drain the excess grease on paper towels and hit it with a pinch of salt.
Last thing to do is plate, serve, and enjoy. Add in some fresh fruit or if you're feeling fancy top the waffles with a homemade fruit compote (recipe here).
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