Fried Chicken & Rosemary Belgian Waffles

by Megan on April 8, 2013

Fried Chicken and Rosemary Waffles // take a megabite

We totally go together like maple syrup and hot sauce, orange juice and champagne, chicken and waffles.

Yesterday Sunday brunch happened at home again. This time Katie and Mark came over to chicken and waffle it up. I brined the chicken the night before (my first time brining!) and fried it up that ¬†morning. It turned out tasty! I feel good about brining and frying now. I’ve always felt good about waffles.

Now, listen here. These waffles are the lightest of them all! The have crispy edges and are rosemary-esque. I totally recommend them. Feel free to sweeten them up, even! Basically, I’m just super impressed with how just 4 measly egg whites are the answer! Let’s toast some fried chicken legs and then eat them on these waffles!

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Light and Crispy Rosemary Belgian Waffles (serves 4-6)
Recipe adapted from CDKitchen


  • 4 eggs, yolks and whites divided
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 cups cake flour
  • 2 T baking powder
  • 1 t kosher salt
  • 2/3 cup oil
  • 2 T fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • spicy honey, maple syrup, and hot sauce to serve


  1. Preheat your waffle maker. Beat egg yolks, buttermilk, milk, cake flour, baking powder, salt, oil, rosemary, and brown sugar together with an electric mixer. Beat on low until just mixed. Increase speed to high until smooth. In a small bowl beat egg whites until stiff and fold into the batter. Cook according to your Belgian waffle maker’s manufacturer’s instructions. I have this one and so about 2 cups makes all 4 waffles. Pop in a warm oven with the fried chicken until all of the chicken and waffles are cooked.
  2. Serve with spicy honey, maple syrup, hot sauce or whatever your heart desires!

Chicken and Waffle Brunch // take a megabite

Katie made that dreamy sweet potato kale hash!

Brine and Fried Chicken (serves 4-5)
Recipe from my homegirl


chicken –

  • 10-12 pieces of chicken (we made 4 legs, 2 breasts, 4 thighs)

brine –

  • 2-3 quarts of warm water
  • scant 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • juice from 2 oranges
  • 1 star of anise
  • 1 T black peppercorns
  • 1 T chipotle smoked pepper
  • 1 heaping t paprika
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme
  • 1 bunch fresh rosemary

to fry –

  • 4+ cups buttermilk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 t old bay
  • 1/2 t black pepper
  • oil

equipment –

  • candy or frying thermometer


  1. 14 hours before it’s time to fry the chicken (the night before) stir salt into warm water. Add remaining brine ingredients. Set aside until room temperature. Submerge chicken in brine either in a large pot or a sealable bag and pop in the fridge for 12-ish hours. 2 Hours before ready to serve remove chicken from the brine and place in a large bowl. Cover with buttermilk and leave at room temperature. When ready to fry it up, whisk together the flour, old bay and pepper in a separate bowl.
  2. Heat oil in a large dutch oven until 350-370F. Frying 3 pieces at a time, remove chicken from the buttermilk, coat in flour mixture, and place in the hot oil. Cook for 10-14 minutes depending on the size of the chicken, or until they float and are nice and golden brown. Place on a baking sheet in a 200F oven until time to serve. Repeat with all the chicken until it’s all fried. Serve with waffles.

Yay! Click HERE for a pdf of the recipe above.

Chicken Waffle Chalkboard // take a megabite

It’s true! P.S. My handwriting is the messiest!

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

cindy April 8, 2013 at 7:38 am

you just deserve an award or even better a PARADE! for just being the best at brunching. Also, way to handle that brining/frying situation like a champion! I knew you would!


Megan April 9, 2013 at 3:45 pm

HA! Shucks!


Katie April 8, 2013 at 9:22 am

That was the best brunch ever! The best part was when the boys fell into a food coma on the floor.

(Okay, that was a lie. The best part was the waffles. Who am I kidding?)

Solidarity means leaving no waffle left uneaten, I guess.

I love you, Megan!


Megan April 9, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Love YOU! And yeah man, no waffle left behind. Capricorns forever!


Billy April 8, 2013 at 5:56 pm

man, those waffles sound so dreamy! I need to make those next time I’ve got a weekend breakfast or any breakfast for dinner!!


Megan April 9, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Yes! You should finagle these waffles sandwich-style.


Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen April 8, 2013 at 11:06 pm

I totally wish I was your brunch guest! This looks amazing, and I love the idea of rosemary in the waffles!


Megan April 9, 2013 at 3:47 pm

If only we were neighbz!


Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe April 9, 2013 at 12:34 am

It might sound crazy, but I tried chicken and waffles for the very first time this past weekend. I’m hooked! I seriously want to eat them all the time now.
PS. Can I come live with you?


Megan April 9, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Hell yes! I’m so glad you tried and loved them. Let’s be roomies!


Erika-Southern Souffle April 9, 2013 at 11:02 am

Love This!! Nothing quite like fried chicken and waffles..


Megan April 9, 2013 at 3:48 pm

So true, man.


Meghan {For the Love of Dessert} April 9, 2013 at 1:08 pm

That flavor combo sounds aaahmazing!! Love it.


Megan April 9, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Thanks, Meghan!


Natasha April 13, 2013 at 10:49 am

Holy moly give me now!!


Megan May 21, 2013 at 9:40 am



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