spicy chicken and waffles with honey butter and a spicy honey syrup..

it's that time of year again... my dad's b day.. and every year he requests the same menu..southern fried chicken, mashed taters {this year i made brown sugar kissed mashed potatoes.. recipe soon}, corn, buttermilk sour~cream pepper biscuits {this year my hand slipped and so much pepper fell in.. ohh emm gee they were so good and spicy.. and they had a green hue.. weird but so good} and  of course grandmommy's miracle whip cake with fudge frosting.. but this year i threw in a little surprise.. i made waffles and we topped them with honey butter and a spicy honey syrup.. it was soo good.. luckily we only indulge like this once a year.. and this year i came "dangerously close" to perfecting my grandma's fudge frosting, {in the words of my dad}.. i will post that recipe wednesday.. i am not sure if you have ever had what is now my favorite meal.. that being chicken and waffles.. it's sweet.. savory.. spicy.. meaty.. fluffy.. sticky.. simply amazing.... your probably thinking chicken and waffles.. what the heck.. but apparently it was "invented" in harlem during the jazz scene.. the singers would go to wells supper club and some would be still so wound up dinner was what they wanted.. but some would be so ready to call it a night that breakfast is what they wanted.. soo they combined the 2 and made everybody happy.. now there is also stories that it dates back to thomas jefferson when he was president and brought back the first waffle iron and his chef made the first chicken waffles.. so not sure which story is true.. and not sure it matters i am just glad someone invented it..

spicy fried chicken

for the fried chicken i used my recipe which i posted here.. it's the way i have been making it for years and i haven't changed any of it.. accept maybe adding an extra dash or two of cayenne in the flour.. but other than that nothing.. same recipe.. simple tried and true..


prep time: 10 minutes
cooking time: 3-5 minutes
servings: 8

4 cups ap unbleached flour
3 tblsp. sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
3 cups low fat buttermilk
1 cup melted butter
3 large eggs

in a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside.. in a medium mixing bowl whisk together, butter, eggs and buttermilk.. add to flour mixture and mix until just incorporated.. don't over mix.. heat your waffle iron according to manufacturer's directions.. i spray mine on the first waffle with pam but then don't spray again.. my waffle iron is about 20 years old so it's pretty well seasoned and non sticky ha ..pour batter onto iron. {this depends on the size of your waffle iron as to how much} cook until crisp and golden brown.. 3-5 minutes.. remove to a plate and serve immediately so they don't get soggy.. we slathered our waffles with honey butter, grabbed the chicken of our choice and then drizzled with spicy honey syrup.. {recipe for the butter and syrup below}it was quite delish.. if i do say so myself..

spicy honey syrup {i use the same "sauce" i use for my chicken wings and i love to dip my pizza in it}

1/4 cup of honey
2 tsp. {or more} of cayenne

in a small microwave safe bowl combine the 2 and zap in the microwave for about 20 seconds right before ready to serve so it's easily drizzlable {good golly is that a word..}

honey butter {we used this on our biscuits and our waffles}

4 tbslp. butter, room temperature
3 tblsp. orange blossom honey

whisk until well combined... {it's great on warm flour tortillas, toast and even pancakes}

enjoy and get cook'n!!


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