Updated: Mar 21, 2019
Origin - United States
Chicken and Waffles is probably one of those dishes you’ve heard before but never tried. It’s weird right? A sweet breakfast dish with…fried chicken? You may have asked yourself, “How did these two ingredients that are just as amazing on their own, find their way to be combined into a sweet and salty, soft and crunchy, dynamic duo?”
It might look strange, but for those who’ve tried the delicious combination of sweet and soft waffles with crispy and tender fried chicken; it’s an experience that gets them craving for Chicken and Waffles every time!
[ History ]
The exact origins of this dish are unknown, however there are a couple theories that have claimed the origins of Chicken and Waffles. Food historians have speculated that a 1930s Harlem restaurant came up with the unlikely pairing of serving crispy chicken thighs with waffles or the recipe came from the Pennsylvania Dutch home cooks of the 1800s who served waffles with fried catfish.
The perfect crispy shell on the outside and a tender chicken on the inside
Some have even claimed that the dish became an American sensation after the Civil War when African-American waiter carriers sold trays of homemade fried chicken with biscuits to train passengers from railway platforms in Gordonsville, Virginia.
[ How to eat ]
Eating the fried chicken first and saving the waffle for dessert
You can go right for the fried chicken first and save the waffle for dessert. Some people do the opposite. They want to start with the waffle first because they want to save the chicken for last. But the best way is the shred the chicken, put it on the waffle, drizzle syrup over it, and enjoy!