Fried Chicken Cutlets and Waffles

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Fried Chicken Cutlets and Waffles
  • 4Servings

Ingredients

  • 8 slices bacon, chopped
  • 6 cups whole grain waffle mix, batter prepared according to package directions
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper, plus more for seasoning
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika (1 palmful)
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander (1 palmful)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin (1 palmful)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard (1/2 palmful)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (1/2 palmful)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 8 skinless, boneless chicken cutlets (about 2 pounds), pounded
  • Maple syrup, for serving

Preparation

In a large skillet, cook the bacon, over medium heat, stirring, until crisp; drain and reserve the bacon fat.

Preheat a waffle iron and preheat the oven to 200 degrees . In a large bowl, combine the waffle batter, bacon and 3 tablespoons of the bacon fat; season with black pepper. Working in batches, spoon the waffle batter into the iron and cook according to the manufacturers' instructions until the waffles are golden-brown and crisp. Transfer the waffles to the oven to keep warm.

In a shallow bowl, combine the flour, paprika, black pepper, coriander, cumin, dry mustard, cayenne and salt. In another shallow bowl, beat the eggs.

In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1/4 cup oil over medium-high heat. Working in batches, coat the chicken cutlets with the seasoned flour, shaking off any excess; dip in the egg, then coat again with the flour. Add half of the cutlets to the skillet and cook, turning once, until golden, about 5 minutes. Repeat with the remaining oil and chicken. Serve a cutlet on top of each waffle, with the syrup.