Holiday Crowd-Pleaser

After the long holiday weekend, it's back to the daily grind and getting into the routine once again. Hopefully, you had a great weekend and for me, it was wonderful to have a few days to relax and recharge. I got my share of kitchen therapy and in doing so, I enjoyed trying out some new recipes on my boys. A few nights ago, we decided to switch things up by having breakfast for dinner, aka 'brinner.' My lil guy loves waffles for breakfast, so rather than making traditional sweet waffles, we opted for savory ones. And what better to top a savory waffle than with good old fried chicken?!

As a result, this Southern Fried Chicken and Cheddar Bacon Waffles made it to the dinner table. Sharp cheddar cheese, smoky crumbled bacon and fresh parsley were mixed into fluffy pancake batter before cooking up, then topped with crispy fried chicken tenders. Don't forget the maple syrup and butter on the side! You can opt to use your favorite waffle recipe but to make it easier, consider a prepared waffle mix like Krusteaz! It saved me time and the recipe came out perfect without additional measuring.

For the chicken, you can also use your favorite fried chicken recipe to pair with these savory waffles, but I've included my recipe for Southern Fried Chicken as well. Together, they are a wonderful pairing. Be sure to have some real maple syrup and butter on hand for the traditional fixins'!

Southern Fried Chicken & Cheddar Bacon Waffles


Prep Time 5 min Total Time 20 min Servings 4-6


3 cups Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix
1 1/2 cups water
2 eggs
1/2 cup crumbled cooked bacon
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Fried chicken


Heat waffle iron per manufacturer's instructions. Spray with cooking spray. In a large bowl, whisk together pancake mix, water, eggs, oil, bacon, cheese and parsley until fully combined. Set aside for 2-3 minutes while waffle iron heats up. When waffle iron is ready, pour 1/4 - 2/3 cup (depending on your waffle iron) of batter onto waffle iron. Allow waffles to cook 3-5 minutes or until golden brown (or based on your manufacturer's cooking instructions). Serve with fried chicken on top.