This recipe combines the savory goodness of spicy chicken and cheddar waffles with the sweet, tart contrast of blackberry-maple syrup. It’s a unique and mouthwatering fusion of flavors perfect for a sumptuous brunch or an adventurous dinner.


For the Chicken:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce (like Tabasco)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil for frying

For the Waffles:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

For the Blackberry-Maple Syrup:

  • 1 cup blackberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup maple syrup


  1. Prepare the Chicken:

    • In a bowl, mix buttermilk and hot sauce. Add the chicken thighs, ensuring they’re fully submerged. Marinate for at least 30 minutes, or overnight for more flavor.
    • In a separate bowl, combine flour, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
    • Heat vegetable oil in a deep fryer or large skillet to 350°F (175°C).
    • Remove chicken from buttermilk, dredge in the flour mixture, then fry until golden and cooked through (about 7-8 minutes per side). Drain on paper towels.
  2. Make the Waffles:

    • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt.
    • In another bowl, mix buttermilk, eggs, and melted butter.
    • Combine the wet ingredients with the dry, stirring until just blended. Fold in the cheddar cheese.
    • Preheat your waffle iron and cook the waffles according to the manufacturer’s instructions until golden and crisp.
  3. Prepare the Blackberry-Maple Syrup:

    • In a small saucepan, combine blackberries and maple syrup. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
    • Cook for 5-10 minutes, until the blackberries are soft. You can mash them a bit with a spoon for a smoother texture.
  4. Serve:

    • Place a cheddar waffle on each plate, top with a piece of spicy fried chicken, and drizzle generously with the blackberry-maple syrup.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 850
  • Fat: 35g
  • Carbohydrates: 95g
  • Protein: 40g

Prep and Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 1 hour (including marination)
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes


  • Serves: 4 people

Spicy Chicken and Cheddar Waffles with Blackberry-Maple Syrup is a delightful dish that balances spicy, savory, and sweet flavors. It’s perfect for a weekend brunch or a special occasion meal. Enjoy this indulgent and flavorful combination!

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