Ross’s cousin was in town this week, so naturally we went to do all the unique Charlottesville things we could think of. So, yeah, we went to Monticello. But before any proper trip to Monticello, we went to brunch at Michie Tavern and ate our weight in fried chicken. Sadly, there were no waffles, so Carol asked if I’d make some.
So I did!
Fried chicken and waffles are no stranger to this site (made them here and here), but this version is a wee bit less work since I decided not to *fry* the chicken….rather, I just used a nice breading and baked it all. Seriously, you can’t tell the difference. Using chicken at room temperature is key here, since it’ll quickly be tenderized with its own fat and leave plenty of drippings to soak your waffles.
This is my favorite basic Paleo waffle recipe as well. You can sweeten them if you want but I don’t since the coconut flour and creamy coconut milk give such a delightful texture and light sweetness that you can top with pretty much anything. I’ve topped them with everything from chocolate hazlenut spread to bacon and eggs to ham and cheese–they’re that good!
- 4 skin-on chicken thighs
- 1 c tapioca starch (tapioca flour)
- 1 t salt
- 2 eggs, beaten
- ⅓ c coconut flour
- 6 eggs
- ⅓ c coconut milk (or ¼ c almond milk)
- 1 t baking soda
- pinch salt
- 1 T olive oil
- 1 T maple syrup (optional if sugar free)
- Place the tapioca starch in a shallow bowl.
- Place the beaten eggs in another bowl next to it.
- Pat the chicken dry with paper towels.
- Coat each thigh in the tapioca mixture, then dip in the beaten eggs, and then coat in tapioca mixture again. Place each thigh in a greased baking dish and sprinkle with salt.
- Bake the chicken at 350 for 45-50 minutes, until nicely browned on top.
- Meanwhile, make your waffles.
- Beat together the coconut flour, 6 eggs, coconut milk, baking soda, salt, oil, and maple syrup. Allow the mixture to sit for a few minutes while you heat up your waffle iron.
- Grease the waffle iron well, then prepare the waffles. They can be kept warm on a place covered in foil in a 200 degree toaster oven if necessary.
- Serve chicken and waffles with butter and maple syrup!