Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Sweet Potato Waffles


I love fried food. I mean, who doesn’t even just a little bit now and again? Growing up back in Scotland I ate a lot of fried foods but it was food which was meant to be deep fried. From the famous fish suppers consisting of a whole fish sitting on top of a mountain of homemade chips to the misunderstood haggis these are some of the things at the very top of my to do list whenever I pay a visit back home. Lately though people have started to get a little wild on the fried items and every summer at the local faires you can taste fried Kool Aid, Ice cream or practically any type of candy bar which will fit on a stick. To me that’s a novelty idea for frying but not really for taste.

This blog post is about fried chicken, something I’m really particular about as I don’t like the skin on a chicken and find that most fried chicken I’ve ever eaten has been fried with skin still intact resulting in a thick greasy mass of fat. Hey I didn’t say this was a healthy post but I still like to skip the skin and get a good crunch before biting into the juicy white meat. Yeah that’s another thing I’m not keen on is dark meat. Wow, I can hear some of you say lighten up Gerry, quit your whining and just eat the damn chicken. I saw the recipe in this months Bon Appetit magazine and along with about five hundered other dishes in the magazine I knew I had to make it.

This recipe was a lot of work and half way through making it I thought this better be good or I’ll be grumpy daddy at the dinner table, especially as I had to make it with a two year old clinging to my leg (literally) every where I went in the kitchen. I’m glad to say after all of the effort that went into it the result was a really tasty and interesting blend of flavors liked by everyone at the table. The chicken was partnered with sweet potato waffles which were awesome and could stand on their own at any breakfast time but the chef who thought about these flavor profiles was really smart and adding hot sauce and maple syrup just pushed the dish to the max, It was sweet and salty with a good kick of heat and completely messed around with my taste buds leaving them yearning for more. The chicken batter was crunchy and held tons of flavor and actually tasted great being mixed with the maple syrup. This was a dish I will definitely make again and remember, don’t forget those fantastic waffles for another breakfast day.

For the recipe click here

If you ever make something from Bon Appetit you have the option to submit your blog post on their web site and if your lucky they might feature it along with a few others. This happened recently with a previous post of mine, my Caramel Budino. Check it out…


Tommorow is the last day of my bake sale which is a fundraiser for my daughters diabetes walk team. The sale will end at 10pm PST. At that time I will be emailing the winners for their address so I can pass that information on to the baker. Theres still time to check out the post and bid on the amazing display of treats from my awesome fellow bloggers!


  • Love buttermilk chicken..so dang crisp and delicious! And sweet potato waffles is another stunner!

    October 11, 2011
  • I have no doubts whatsoever that chicken in bittermilk is delicous ..if I could get buttermilk anywhere here;(

    October 11, 2011
  • Oh wow, that looks really fantastic! I do like skin on my fried chicken…and I do like dark meat…but I also like white meat and no skin, so it sounds great. And a perfect pairing with the waffles. Congrats on your feature!

    October 11, 2011
  • Sweet potato waffles now those sound good. PS. To Dzoli you can make your own buttermilk with lemon juice or vinegar.

    October 11, 2011
  • Oh heavens – this looks so delicious. Just the other day a friend of mine posted pics of chicken and waffles and I was thinking “I need a recipe for that” – I must try this!

    October 11, 2011
  • Chicken and waffles! Sounds delicious. Good luck on the fundraiser – a worthy, worthy cause!

    October 11, 2011
  • Yum, this sounds to be a really delicious recipe, never had this, but think I should.

    October 11, 2011
  • I just signed up to follow your blog. I love the chicken and waffles recipes! You can't beat sweet and salty flavor combinations!


    October 11, 2011
  • That chicken sounds scrumptious and the waffles look fab! Featured on Bon Appetit? Wow, congrats, I will check it out!

    October 12, 2011
  • Gerry, this looks absolutely fantastic! I have a sweet potato waffle recipe from a friend, set aside to try this fall. I love the addition of the hot sauce. I'll have to check her recipe and I might have to add that!

    I'm in awe of your friend chicken. I would LOVE a skinless friend chicken, because I just don't like the texture/taste of the skin. I'm impressed as heck that it worked. One of these days (if I get more ambitious than I am right now!) I'll have to try it. Thanks!

    October 12, 2011
  • Chicken Skin is the food of the Gods. I used to be a breast man myself until I got the barbeque jones. Thighs and legs are more forgiving on the grill and have more flavor. I love fried chicken with cream gravy on the side. I would even smother those fancy waffles in cream graavy.

    October 12, 2011
  • Amy

    These fried chickens look amazing and satisfying! I would love those pumpkin waffles for breakfast too!

    Didn't know about bon appetit would feature a post if I try their recipe. :) Thanks for sharing.

    October 13, 2011
  • I'm with you! Lose the skin, no dark meat. Bleh. This fried chicken looks pretty spectacular though so I'm glad to hear it was worth the work. And 'Holy Yum' on those sweet potato pancakes! Brilliant :)

    October 13, 2011
  • I know what a mess frying your own chicken will make, but it's so fabulous. Maybe I'll get up my nerve and try your recipe…it would be a crowd pleaser. In fact, I'd love your whole plate for dinner :)

    October 13, 2011
  • Wow!! look amazing, give me a plate please! love your pictures! gloria

    October 13, 2011
  • Yum! Beautiful dish! We have chicken and waffles here in the south, my daughter loves it. You've kicked this up a few notches! I tried making pumpkin waffles, but they didn't turn out very well.

    October 14, 2011
  • Mmmm this looks so good! love buttermilk batter for chicken…

    October 14, 2011
  • Sweet potato waffles just sound heavenly! And I have always had a weak spot for fried chicken. yep – I am seriously dreaming of this for breakfast tomorrow!

    October 16, 2011
  • This is so indulgent and so amazingly “last meal” good looking.

    October 18, 2011
  • Yum, yum, yumo! What a fun flavor combo, I am really looking forward to making this sometime this month. Thank you for sharing, I may have to do the same on my blog.

    November 01, 2011
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