If you are looking for a great way to enjoy a hearty meal that seamlessly blends crispy fried chicken and sweet, savory Belgian waffles, then we have just the dish for you to try. A true southern classic, the dish chicken and waffles has been making its way to menus at restaurants of all types over the past few years, and if you think this combination may be a little strange, well there is no better time to dive in and give it a try.
Simply put, chicken and waffles is a dish that includes a piece of fried chicken and a sweet waffle. Of course, different chefs may experiment with different types of waffles or different types of chicken and even different adornments and sauces.
Where Did Chicken and Waffles Come From?
The dish is extremely popular in the south, in fact if you travel down to Atlanta Georgia, you will find famed singer Gladys Knight has her own chicken and waffle restaurant right in the heart of the city.
While most southerners view this is as a traditional southern dish and a type of soul food, there is also a Pennsylvania Dutch version of the meal (served with stewed chicken) that is more commonly found in the Northeastern United States.
While many people may argue over where the dish originated from, most can agree that it does have its roots in early 20th century African-American culture. In fact, many African American families have been passing down their secret to a great chicken and waffle recipe for generations.
Is it Breakfast or Dinner?
If you like fried chicken and you also happen to like waffles, then chances are you are going to enjoy this dish. While the two food items may not seem like they do not go together, the flavors actually compliment one another quite well. However, with two drastically different food items making up one dish, many diners wonder when they should be enjoying this meal? While you may find chicken and waffles appearing on many brunch menus, it is typically appropriate to order it either day or night.
This means you have a great excuse to enjoy crispy fried chicken for breakfast or a sweet waffle for dinner any time you want.
How do I Eat Chicken and Waffles?
When you order a serving of chicken and waffles, your dish is probably going to come with a large, plate sized waffle served with a whole piece of fried chicken on top. So, what do you do with your dish? Well most people prefer to pour syrup on top (yes, even on the chicken) before they dive in and start enjoying. Just make sure you get a bite of both chicken and waffle with every fork full, as the seamless blend of flavors is what makes this dish so great to begin with.
Even if you haven’t ever ventured into the world of chicken and waffles before, or if you are skeptical about these two foods coming together in a single plate, go ahead and give this entrée a try. You may be surprised to find just how much you enjoy this fun twist on two of your favorite foods.