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These Maple, Bacon, Chicken & Waffle Wings Just Won Brunch

America can't agree on much, but the perfection that is a fine plate of chicken and waffles is one of those few things. Soft yet crunchy, sweet yet savory, it's the brunch food to end-all brunch foods... but what if we told you it was possible to put the chicken wing inside the waffle, literally fusing the two main components into a single perfect food? Check out the recipe from Food Steez, and know that brunch will never be the same.

Maple, Bacon, Chicken & Waffle Wings

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1lb chicken wings
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1¬Ĺ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • Canola oil, for frying
  • Maple syrup, to serve
  • Crispy bacon bits, to garnish 
Waffle Batter Ingredients:
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1¬ĺ cups milk
  • ¬Ĺ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
DIRECTIONS:
Fried Chicken Instructions:
  • Heat approximately¬†1in of canola oil in a heavy pot over¬†medium-high heat. To test if the oil is hot enough to begin frying, add a pinch of flour to the pot (it should sizzle). If using a culinary thermometer, it should read between 350¬įF and 375¬įF.
  • In a medium-sized¬†bowl, mix together the paprika, onion powder, chili pepper, salt, pepper, and flour.
  • Add the chicken pieces in one at a time by dipping each in the buttermilk, dredging it in the flour mixture. Repeat until all the wings are used.¬†
  • Carefully¬†place the wings in the fryer oil and cook for approximately¬†5 minutes on each¬†side, or until lightly browned and crispy.¬†Try not to overcrowd the chicken and use tongs to turn each piece.
  • Place the wings on a baking rack to cool, and set aside.¬†

Waffle Batter Instructions:
  • Combine two eggs in a mixing bowl and whisk thoroughly. Add the flour, milk, vegetable oil, sugar, baking powder, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt, and continue whisking. The mixture should be slightly clumpy.¬†
  • Heat the waffle iron and mist it with non-stick spray. Place 2-3 tablespoons of batter on the front half of the iron.
  • Take the fried chicken drumsticks and dip each into the¬†waffle batter. Place one¬†drumstick down on front left corner of the waffle iron and another on the front right. Press down firmly¬†and hold each for 3-4 minutes until the¬†batter is cooked through (it should look¬†golden brown around the chicken). Repeat until all of the drumsticks have been used.
  • Sprinkle with bacon bits and serve with maple syrup on the side.¬†

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