I first learned about the "chicken and waffles" combination just a few years ago. Savory, sweet, and an incredible combination of textures. This is definitely a recipe I'd be interested in sharing with friends. But then I think about how I would be stuck in the kitchen serving up waffles while everyone else eats. No thank you. I am already the world's slowest eater. so you don't want me eating last.
That's why I like breakfast casseroles. Make them the night before, pop the whole thing in the oven, and everyone gets to eat at the same time! But wait, chicken and waffles can be turned into a casserole too! And that's exactly what I did.
Let's first talk about the waffles. I made cornbread maple waffles — great texture and the perfect amount of sweetness. You could absolutely use freezer waffles if you prefer, but I feel like nothing compares to a homemade waffle.
For the fried chicken, I bought popcorn chicken from the freezer section of the grocery store. I chose the popcorn variety because it's already in bite-size pieces. But you can make you own fried chicken, oven fry your chicken, or buy it from your favorite restaurant.
I layered the waffles and the chicken in an 8 x 8 pan with cheese because why not cheese. And then I added a mixture of eggs, milk, maple syrup and spices to hold it together.
It was actually better than I imagined, and the pieces came out of the pan really well!
- 2 (8.5 ounce) boxes corn muffin mix
- 2 eggs
- 4 Tablespoons Challenge Butter, melted
- ¾ cup milk
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 3 eggs
- ⅓ cup milk
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon dry mustard
- 2 pounds fried popcorn chicken
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix Jiffy mix, eggs, butter, milk, maple syrup, and brown sugar until there are no lumps.
Use batter to make waffles; cube waffles and set aside.
Combine eggs, milk, maple syrup, chili powder, garlic powder, and dry mustard; set aside.
Add 1/2 of cubed waffles to bottom of pan; layer with 1 pound of popcorn chicken and 1/2 of cup cheese.
Repeat adding the rest of the waffles, chicken, and cheese.
Pour egg mixture on top.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Serve with more maple syrup if desired.