Chicken and Waffle Sliders

I am a huge fan of comfort. I love the comfort of my home. I love comfy clothes. I am now, in my older age, an even bigger fan of comfortable shoes. I love comfort food. For me, nothing says comfort more than something fried, something full of carbs, or some kind of soup. Weird grouping, I know. But, hey, to each his own, right?

You know what is not comfort? Sorry fellas, I am about to go on a tangent here. Bridesmaid dresses! Now, I know, I probably have a little more disdain for these dresses than most at this seven months pregnant point in my life. Let me tell you a little story. A while ago I alluded to an awful experience with a bridesmaid dress fitting. Now, with the wedding of my dear, dear friend coming up this weekend, I feel like I have come to terms enough to tell you this dumb story.

Note: I love my dear friend and am so honored to stand up in her wedding. I think it speaks volumes about how much I love her that I am willing to put my big belly into this dress and be photographed in it as well, just to be a part of her special day. Just in case my favorite friend is reading this…

When first approached with ordering a dress, I was a little nervous. I have not been pregnant before. I had no idea how big my belly was going to be or how much weight I would gain in seven months. While speaking with the dress sales rep, she told me to order a size 22 and extra length. At the time, I was a size 12. No shame. I didn’t think much of it.  She’s the professional, right? I don’t know how she thought I would go up five dress sizes in that time and grow a foot, but dummy me, I trusted her.

The dress came in last month and, to my horror, you could literally fit two people in the dress. The one boob cup was as big as my head, and I have a rather large head!!! Not cool. The dress has three layers and is long and pink. My stomach was turning over on itself thinking about how expensive this alteration was going to be.

Fellas, in case you didn’t know it yet, you are lucky you just rent a tux and call it a day. Us ladies not only have to endure whatever dress choice the bride picks, we have to then have some skinny lady with a tape measure tell us how we are actually a size 275, not a size 12, in their dresses. If only girls could figure out some dress rental system. Note to self: I could make millions off that idea!

Ok, so my dress has been altered and is still rather large and puffy, but like I said, I’m all in for this wedding so I’m over all that. Well, now that I vented yet again to all of you.

So, while I am out tearing up the dance floor with my big pregnant belly and my pink moo moo, I hope you all will be eating this ultimate comfort food, chicken and waffle sliders. I made whole wheat waffles and baked the corn flake crusted chicken in the oven to save you some guilt. You’re welcome. Please eat these accompanied by this maple honey mustard dipping sauce, wearing sweat pants, with your feet kicked back, in the comfort of your house. Please? Do it for me, for me and my pink dress.

Chicken and Waffle Sliders
 
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Recipe type: Sandwich/Entree
Serves: Makes 7-9 Sliders

Ingredients
  • For the Waffles:
  • 1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • ½ Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 ¾ Cup Skim Milk, at room temperature
  • 5 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, melted and cooled
  • For the Chicken:
  • 3 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, cut into 3rds
  • 1 Cup Buttermilk
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 3 Cups Finely Ground Corn Flakes
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a large baking sheet with a wire rack.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  3. In a separate smaller bowl, whisk together the vanilla, egg, milk, and butter. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk until lump free and combined. Set off to the side for at least ten minutes to rest.
  4. Now bread the chicken. Add the corn flakes along with some salt and pepper to a medium bowl.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix together the buttermilk, egg, salt, and pepper.
  6. Dip each piece of chicken into the buttermilk mixture, drain off the excess, toss in the cornflakes top coat, and then place on the wire rack. Continue until all pieces are breaded. Bake chicken in the oven for 35 minutes.
  7. While the chicken bakes, make the waffles.
  8. Heat the waffle iron until it is hot. Add about three tablespoons of batter to the hot waffle iron to make one side of the slider. You will want to make at least two mini waffles at a time. Cook the waffles for about 2-3 minutes until golden and crisp.
  9. Add waffles to some tin foil and wrap to keep warm. Continue that process until you have two mini waffles for each piece of chicken.
  10. Best eaten on day they are made. Chicken can be reheated in the oven along with the mini waffles to make sure they stay crispy.

 

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Comments

  1. Made this for Sunday Brunch. The waffles didn’t come out too crispy…not sure if I should have left them longer or if the whole wheat flour does this. Time saving tip: the order of the recipe should be to do chicken first as it takes 35 minutes to cook, plus prep time. While chicken is in oven, THEN prep and cook waffles. I did it as the recipe said and it was not efficient. Will adjust for next time. Also, a great flavor hint. Drizzle the honey mustard sauce AND the maple syrup alone. Yum

  2. Jennifer says:

    Do you have the recipe for the maple mustard sauce or are those the only ingredients?

  3. This is my first visit to your blog & I wanted to let you know: I love what you’re putting out there!!! hehehe . . . bridesmaids . . . my sister got married 2 months AFTER I gave birth to my son (1st & only kid) . . . & of course there were no fittings during the pregnancy, & who knew what was in store for my body after he was born!! I was in the ladies lounge breast feeding throughout the night . . . . LOLOL AWKWARD!!! I’m sure you had an amazing time though. So I have to say . . . I’m a 30+ year vegetarian that doesn’t eat fish or chicken . . . BUT THESE SLIDERS LOOK AWESOME!!! I’m glad my son isn’t a vegetarian because I want to make these so bad!!! He will love them!!! Anyway, thank you for the amazing recipe!!! I look forward to stopping by your blog again!!

    S~

  4. I have to be honest – I have yet to be a bridesmaid and actually LIKE the dress I was forced to wear. Alas, it’s a duty that we must do for our nearest and dearest. All I can say is, when I get married, it’s pay back time! Just kidding…sort of.
    On a happier note, these sliders look INCREDIBLE. I ate the most delicious chicken and waffles at a restaurant a few months ago and looking at these photos is causing me to reminisce about their amazingness. I just wish I owned a waffle iron so I could make these myself! Might have to borrow my mom’s…

  5. You poor thing! I’m so sorry you have to endure, even if it’s just a few, hours in a pink moo moo. Somebody get the gal a cookie. I so want to sink my teeth into this waffle sammie.

  6. Remember when you were only 29, yet you kept calling yourself old? “In my old age…” Come on! 30 is the new 20. Carrie Bradshaw would be disappointed.

  7. Wow, your friend is lucky to have you! Who wouldn’t be happy to have a friend who makes chicken and waffles? And boo to that sales lady. BOO.

  8. Girl. I’ve been there. I was in a wedding last spring, and the dresses didn’t come in until 2 weeks before the big day. Mine was about half a size too small, so I starved myself for 2 weeks, and to make matters worse, the zipper was defective and bent in such a way that it looked like I had a tail. No joke.

    I’m sure your pregnant self will look gorgeous!

    Also, these sliders are killing me. I could eat about 10 of ‘em.

    • No dress is worth starving yourself! Guys have it so dang easy! Ugh!

    • Coming in only two weeks before the event? Oh gosh, that’s worse than me ordering my dress at the end of January in a size they didn’t actually HAVE a sample of for me to try one, then hoping I became/stayed that size through October. The bridesmaid dress industry needs to be overhauled. I can’t even imagine how rough it must’ve been for someone early in her first pregnancy!

  9. A bunch of my friends went through this last year when they were asked to stand up for our friends wedding. I held their hands as I helped them go through the torture of trying on the ill-fitted and cheaply made (yeah horribly expensive) dresses our west coast bride chose. The fru-fru shop didn’t have a seamstress, but luckily my dad’s old office (he worked in the industry) took my friends in and basically remade those triple sized ordered dresses. It’s some weird industry standard to order way to large. Of course, I think it’s even worse to deal with it when your pregnant. So while I’m writing a novel of a comment, I’m going to add more when you visit NY (and you will, Mike you should take Stef on a babymoon before the little one arrives) hint hint Kayle and I will take you to the Wafles and Dinges cafe where they make breakfast waffle sliders and you will be in heaven, just like I am as I read through this.

  10. These are amazing! I need to get myself a waffle iron! :) Nom!

  11. 1) you poor thing!! That sounds awful. I’m sure you’ll still look beautiful!
    2)OMG I WANT THESE!!!! Pinning and totallyyy wanna make these!

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