Make these amazing chicken tenders at home with waffle batter. We show you how!
This secret might ruin my blogger cred, but I'm just going to come out with it. I really like Popeyes chicken. I rarely get fast food, but Popeyes is a road trip indulgence that I never pass up on long drives from Boston to Philly.
When they came out with these waffle battered chicken fingers, I was excited to try them. But I haven't been able to make it to a location yet! I decided to try and make waffle battered chicken at home but I wasn’t sure the best way to go at it. In the end, I tried three different methods, and the Tablespoon folks thought this one looked delish.
First, cook half of the waffle batter into waffles and let them cool. Then break up the cooled waffles into bits.
Dust the chicken tenders in a bowl of dry Bisquick mix.
Then dredge them in the waffle batter.
Next, roll the battered chicken around in the cooked waffle bits. The waffles don’t stick to the chicken that great, so you really have to press the waffle pieces onto the chicken and get it into the fryer quick – before the waffle pieces start to slip off!
Once it hits that hot oil, the waffle pieces stick right to the chicken and it's all good.
Drain on a rack or paper towel.
This method had the coolest look of all the ways I tried, and they were super crunchy and waffley – not to mention delicious!
Dan Whalen usually gets the spicy tenders and dips them in mashed potatoes. He has been blogging for over 5 years at The Food in My Beard. Check Dan's Tablespoon profile often to try his recipes with creative international spins!