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    Rebirth Kickin' Chicken and Wicked-Ass Waffles

    Source of Recipe

    From "Taste of Tremé" by Todd-Michael St. Pierre

    Recipe Introduction

    "This is the comfort food of all comfort foods, and has long been served in Tremé home kitchens. The combination of salty chicken, sweet waffles, and syrup makes your taste buds do a dance. For the most authentic New Orleans flavor, serve your chicken and waffles with Steen's 100% Pure Cane Syrup."

    List of Ingredients

    ◦ 1 cup salt
    ◦ 1 gallon (16 cups) water
    ◦ One 3 ½-pound fryer chicken, cut into eight pieces
    ◦ Peanut oil, for frying
    ◦ 4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
    ◦ 2 tablespoons Creole or Cajun seasoning
    ◦ 3 ½ teaspoons baking powder
    ◦ 1 teaspoon sugar
    ◦ ¼ teaspoon salt
    ◦ 2 large eggs
    ◦ 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
    ◦ 1 ½ cups buttermilk
    ◦ Unsalted butter, to serve
    ◦ Pure cane syrup, to serve


    Combine the salt and water in a large bowl to make a brine, and soak the chicken in the brine for about 30 minutes.

    Pour peanut oil into a deep, large cast-iron skillet or pot to a depth of about 3 inches. Heat the oil to 360° F over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-high to maintain the temperature. Rinse the chicken pieces in cold water and leave them wet.

    Place a wire rack over a rimmed baking sheet. In a large paper bag, combine 2 cups of the flour and the Creole or Cajun seasoning. Add the chicken pieces, fold the bag over to seal, and shake it good (like your happy ass at Mardi Gras). Remove the chicken from the bag and place on the wire rack. Let sit for about 12 minutes.

    When the oil is hot, carefully add the chicken and fry, turning once, until golden brown, about 20 minutes total.
    Remove and drain on the wire rack.

    Preheat the waffle iron. In a large bowl, sift together the remaining 2 cups flour and the baking powder, sugar, and salt. Beat the eggs in a medium bowl. Add the butter and buttermilk and beat to combine. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and mix 'em up well with a wooden spoon! Spray the waffle iron with cooking spray and pour the batter into the hot iron. Cook until golden brown. Repeat with the remaining batter. To serve, top the waffles with a slice of butter, and serve with the frickin' kickin' chicken and 100% pure cane syrup. Heat the syrup before you pour it over the waffles and also drizzle a bit on the chicken. Yeah, you right!

    Serves 4 to 8




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