FRIED CHICKEN AND SWEET POTATO WAFFLES

June 14, 2020

 

Ingredients
For the chicken:
1 cup whole buttermilk
6 tablespoons kosher salt
2 tablespoons hot sauce
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons granulated garlic
2 teaspoons onion powder
1½ teaspoons red pepper flakes
1 (4-pound) whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces
5 cups Hojiblanca Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Seasoned flour (recipe follows)
Maple syrup

 

Seasoned Flour
2 cups flour
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
1½ tablespoons granulated onion
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger

In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients.

 

For the waffles:
1 medium sweet potato
¼ teaspoon Hojiblanca Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 cups flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup whole milk
½ cup whole buttermilk
⅓ cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon maple extract
2 large eggs

 

Directions
1. Brine the chicken: In a large bowl, stir together 4 cups water, buttermilk, salt, hot sauce, sugar, and spices; add the chicken pieces to the brine. Refrigerate for at least 12 hours and up to 28 hours.
2. Make the waffles: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Rub sweet potato with Hojiblanca Extra Virgin olive Oil and bake until tender, about 40 minutes. Remove from oven and cool for 20 minutes. Preheat a waffle iron according to instructions. In a medium bowl, stir together dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients. Peel and mash sweet potato, and stir into milk mixture. Stir milk mixture into dry ingredients. Pour about ½ cup batter onto hot waffle iron, and cook according to instructions.
3. Make the chicken: In a deep cast-iron skillet fitted with a deep-fry thermometer, heat Hojiblanca Extra Virgin Olive Oil over medium heat. Remove chicken from brine and let any excess liquid drip off; discard brine. Dredge chicken in seasoned flour to coat; add to the hot Hojiblanca EVOO, one piece at a time. Cook, turning every few minutes until golden and a meat thermometer registers 165 degrees. Drain on paper towels. Serve chicken on waffles with maple syrup.

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