The Fried Chicken & Waffles Combo

I love the sound of fried chicken & waffles. It is part of a variety of culinary traditions, including¬† Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine¬†and¬†soul food, and is served in certain specialty restaurants in the¬†United States. But, though most people associate it as being a Southern US dish, it isn’t. Chicken and waffles didn’t become popular until the Harlem Renaissance in Harlem, New York in the 1930s at the Wells Supper Club owned by Joseph T. Wells. Musicians leaving work late at night or extremely early in the morning would fill Wells Supper Club and this sweet and savory, breakfast-and-dinner combo kept every belly satisfied.

To make the best southern chicken and waffles you need three elements: perfectly juicy, crispy fried chicken, thick and fluffy waffles, and a delicious sweet and spicy sauce. The waffle is served as it would be for breakfast, with condiments such as butter and syrup. This combination of foods is beloved by many people who are influenced by traditions of soul food passed down from past generations of their families. This version of the dish is popular enough in Baltimore, Maryland, to become a local custom. KFC has been advertising the dish in television commercials a lot lately, as well as Dairy Queen.  And many other chains such as IHOP and Friendly’s serve chicken and waffles.

Though it’s been around for years, it’s since the last few years that chicken¬†and¬†waffles¬†has seen a revival as of late as¬†brunch¬†has become a¬†top trend¬†in¬†American cuisine. The combination of juicy,¬†tender chicken¬†on top of warm,¬†buttery waffles¬†is decadent and has the makings of the perfect flavor combination. The obsession with brunch has put a lot of sweet and savory dishes in the spotlight and it is a big favourite for the brunch crowd, especially on the weekends. Some use a spicy syrup to add some kick to it while others prefer the butter & regular syrup route. Either way you go, it’s a big favourite.

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