Maple Chicken and Waffles
Maple Chicken and Waffles

Photo Credit

Quentin Bacon

This Recipe

  • Serves: 6
  • Start to Finish: 45 minutes, plus time to marinate

Nutrition Facts

Amount per serving:
Total Calories: 377
  • 642mg Sodium
  • 39g Carbs
  • 4g Fiber
  • 5g Fat
  • 1g Saturated Fat
  • 13g Sugars
  • 43g Protein

You won't find a more classic comfort food than this: Warm, tender, brittle-around-the-edges waffles are topped with deliciously crisp baked chicken and finished with a drizzle of real maple syrup. Plus it’s a healthier choice than other comfort favorites.


  • For chicken:
  • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup plus 1/3 cup maple syrup, divided
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup panko
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • For waffles:
  • 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs



1. To make chicken, whisk buttermilk and 1/4 cup maple syrup together in a medium bowl. Add chicken and turn to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour or up to overnight.
2. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly coat foil with nonstick cooking spray.
3. In a medium bowl, stir together panko, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Remove chicken from marinade, letting excess drip back into bowl. Place chicken breasts in breadcrumbs and turn until each side is evenly covered. Place chicken on prepared baking sheet and bake until coating is golden and crispy and chicken is cooked through, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven and slice crosswise into thin strips. Reduce oven temperature to 250 degrees.
4. While chicken bakes, make waffles. Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, whisk buttermilk and eggs together until combined. Add to flour mixture and stir until just combined.
5. Heat waffle iron according to manufacturer’s instructions and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Add enough batter to fill holes without overflowing when closed. Cook until browned. Remove each waffle and place on a baking sheet in the oven to stay warm while you cook remaining waffles.
6. To serve, place 2 chicken strips criss-crossed over each waffle and drizzle with remaining 1/3 cup maple syrup.

Recipe adapted from Pretty Delicious by Candice Kumai, Rodale Books, 2011

comments powered by Disqus