Nashville Hot Chicken Wings and Waffles

Nashville Hot Chicken and Waffles

No So Hot Nashville Hot Chicken

Recently I had two fried chicken dishes from two different local institutions (that will remain nameless) that were just underwhelming. Not bad, but they just didn’t live up to their potential. The first one was a Nashville hot chicken sandwich. It was made with a boneless, skinless, chicken breast which just seems wrong for Nashville hot chicken.  I think that Nashville Hot chicken needs a bone in it, and therefore really doesn’t work in a sandwich.  The spice level was a little weak, but I guess you if you are trying to appeal to a large crowd that is somewhat excusable.  It was served with mayo based coleslaw in the sandwich. I am not a huge fan of coleslaw in general, and it makes for a messy sandwich.

Never Eat Soggy Waffles

The second dish was chicken and waffles.  While the chicken was tasty and crispy, they used breaded white meat boneless strips which was just wrong. Fried chicken should be bone in, skin on, and and flour dredged. The waffle had good flavor, but got soggy instantly.  They served it with a jalapeno maple syrup and a pareve honey “butter” that just seemed like an afterthought.  For the maple syrup, it looked like they just added jarred pickled jalapenos to maple syrup right out of the bottle, and the flavors just clashed. The honey butter just tasted like low quality margarine with a little sweetness.

Making it Better With a Mash-up

After eating both of these dishes I knew I could do better. A little while ago I obtained a mini waffle maker, and decided it was going to stay pareve. This was my chance to take on these dishes, and put my own spin on them. I decided to combine and miniaturize them, because everything is cuter when it is smaller. Chicken wings worked perfectly for this application as they are small enough to pair with the mini waffle for an appetizer or hors d’oeuvre, and still provide that bone that adds so much flavor and interactivity that is crucial to the fried chicken eating experience.

If you don’t like heat you can leave off the Nashville sauce (although I don’t recommend it) or check out one of our other chicken wing recipes linked at the bottom of the post.

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Nashville Hot Chicken and Waffles
Nashville Hot Chicken Wings With Hot Honey
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Servings: 3 servings
Author: Daniel Peikes
Fried Chicken Wings
  • 12 Chicken Wings
  • 2 cups Nondairy Milk or Buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp Louisiana Style Vinegar Based Hot Sauce Such as Crystal brand
  • 2 Large Eggs Beaten
  • Cup All Purpose Flour
  • ½ Cup Corn Starch
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tsp Sweet Paprika
  • 2 tbsp Light Brown Sugar
  • Vegetable Oil For Frying
Nashville Hot Chicken Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 tbsp Granulated Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbsp Granulated Onion Powder
  • 1 tbsp Cayenne Pepper
  • ½ Cup Real Maple Syrup Don't you dare use "pancake" syrup
  • ½ Cup Vegetable Oil
Hot Honey
  • 1 Cup Honey
  • 1 tbsp Red Pepper Flakes
Fried Chicken Instructions
  1. In a large bowl combine the flour, corn starch, cayenne pepper, sweet paprika, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Wisk until thoroughly combined.

  2. In another large bowl combine the nondairy milk or buttermilk, eggs, and the hot sauce. Whisk to combine.

  3. Add a few tablespoons of the buttermilk to the flour mixture, distributing the buttermilk to create lumps of the flour mixture. This adds extra craggily bits to your chicken coating, for maximum crunch.

  4. Dredge the chicken wings in the flour mixture, then dip in the milk mixture, and finally back in the flour mixture. Place on a wire rack.

  5. Add 2 inches of frying oil to your skillet and place over medium heat. Bring your oil to 350°F. Fry your wings on both sides in 3 batches until golden brown.

Nashville Hot Chicken Sauce
  1. Using a whisk, thoroughly combine the red pepper flakes, cayenne, garlic powder, onion powder, oil, and maple syrup in a bowl. Place in a saucepan over low heat , and stir to bring to the flavors together. Cook just until heated through.

Hot Honey
  1. In a small sauce pan combine the honey and red pepper flakes. Place over low heat, stirring constantly to prevent burning, until the honey is infused with the pepper flakes.

  1. Brush the Nashville hot chicken sauce on the cooked wings, or dunk them in if you are feeling brave (You may need to double the recipe if you are going for the dunk). Serve on a waffle, or with a biscuit or cornbread, and drizzle with the hot honey.

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Nashville Hot Chicken and Waffles
(Mini) Waffles
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins

A classic waffle recipe with the addition of brown sugar for a bit more sweetness, caramel notes, and color. Great for breakfast or chicken and waffles.

Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Servings: 4 Servings
Author: Daniel Peikes
  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 3 tbsp Light Brown Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Granulated White Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 Cups (Nondairy) Milk
  • 1 Stick Butter, Margarine, or Other Butter Substitute Melted in the microwave on low power
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • Cooking Spray
  1. In a large bowl add the flour, salt, brown sugar, white sugar, baking powder, and baking soda and whisk to combine thoroughly.

  2. In a separate bowl combine the (nondairy) milk with the eggs and whisk until the eggs are fully incorporated. Then whisk in the melted butter (or margarine/butter substitute).

  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until you no longer see any dry flour. It is ok if there are still lumps. Allow the batter to rest for five minutes.

  4. Spray your waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray and allow to get hot. Ladle the recommended amount of batter in to your waffle iron and cook until golden brown and delicious. Serve immediately, or keep warm in a single layer in a low oven.

Here are few more of my chicken recipes:

A Trio of Simple Super Bowl Chicken Wings

Homemade Popcorn Chicken With Sweet and Tangy Amba Dipping Sauce


Potato Latke Waffles

The Festival of…Waffles?

Hanukkah, oh Hanukkah. The holiday of…waffles?  Sure, why not? These waffles are made with potatoes, onions, egg and oil! The very BASICS of latke ingredients. So why not take the traditional latke and form it into a fun and different shape, the WAFFLE – my Potato Latke Waffles!

But before we get into the deets, can ya’ll believe that it’s already Hanukkah? I mean, it feels like yesterday that I was making my Pizza Latkes for MYV. And by the way, check those out, they’re super easy and SO good.

Food Trends

Truth be told, I’d been thinking about transforming potato latkes into waffles for a while now and my clearly my brain was already thinking ahead on the “waffle-trend” (when did waffles become trendy exactly?) when I read in the latest issue of Fleishigs Magazine that yes indeed, waffles are in. This, from a recipe excerpt of Daniella Silver’s new cookbook, “Variations“. Her “hash brown potato kugel waffles” that helped with my inspiration.

I’ve always found food trends to be a bit silly. Just like how we determine that florals are always in for spring (“florals for spring…groundbreaking”), will next season’s food fads be fava beans, or kimchi or even gefilte fish? Well, you never know about the latter, but sure, there are ways to fancy-up gefilte I presume.

Regardless, I do love making waffles, whether it’s the (yes, the trendy) Keto “chaffle” (cheese waffle) or a chocolate protein waffle, they have always had a special place in my heart. I have such vivid memories of my sister Avi and me sleeping over at my Bubbe and Zayde’s house and the next morning, my Bubbe would have a big plate of hot, crispy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside Belgian waffles. Topped of course with a big heaping glug of maple syrup. Ah, those were the days. The days of wonderful family food memories (and boy, do I have a lot – but don’t we all)!

Some “Variations” for you!

Alright, I guess this is a little punny since I mentioned Daniella Silver’s book already, but hey, variations are what excites me about food! Use a recipe as a base and create your own variant of that! Full disclosure, the waffle maker I used at home is Dairy (it’s the only one I have), but regardless, here are some more options/variations for you, using this base latke waffle recipe to take it to the next culinary level.

  • Add cheddar cheese into the mix for a full-on dairy spin – top with sour cream, bacon bits and green onions and you’ve got yourself a “loaded potato latke waffle”! YUMMMM
  • Keep the base parve, but garnish with chopped pastrami or salami and drizzle sriracha mayo! A.k.a. crispy hash browns with meat for a filling brunch.
  • Keep the base parve but fry up some chicken thighs for a fun spin on chicken ‘n waffles! Serve alongside honey mustard dipping sauce and maple syrup
  • You can do what I did using my husband as a guinea pig and topping his with a drizzle of ketchup. What can I say, he’s a man of simple tastes
  • Or, if you’re feeling fancy, garnish how I did in my photo, with a drizzle of truffle mayo and a sprinkling of freshly chopped parsley
  • And for a super traditional option, serve with applesauce or sour cream

So there ya have it. A fun, innovative way to enjoy your latkes and with plenty of that oil drippings too. Wishing you all a Chag Chanukah Sameach – from your team at MYV!

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Potato Latke Waffles
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Course: Main Course
Keyword: latke
Servings: 4 waffles
Author: Rachel Katzman
  • 1/2 White onion, diced or thinly sliced
  • 1 1lb. bag Shredded potatoes Sure, you can hand-shred potatoes or using a food processor but it takes times and it's messy, and who wants to slave over doing dishes. I LOVE using the pre-shredded potatoes, it saves so much time!
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Smoked or sweet paprika
  1. Pre-heat waffle maker and spray with non-stick cooking spray

  2. In a bowl, add the shredded potatoes, onion, eggs, salt, pepper, paprika and oil

  3. Mix (using your hands is easier - they're your best tool) until fully mixed

  4. Spoon about 3/4 cup into waffle maker. You don't want to overstuff it because the middle will get crispy but the sides won't, so make sure it's an even layer

  5. You can use any kind of waffle maker - regular, Belgian, mini - you name it! Just be patient and let them cook and crisp up!

  6. Serve with a whole slew of toppings! If you're making them dairy, add a heaping spoonful of sour cream or applesauce. Making these meat? Add some chopped salami or pastrami and top with sriracha mayo!

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