Monday, May 5, 2014

Welcome to Brunch Week -- Paleo Chicken & Waffles

Welcome to the second annual brunch week hosted by Terri of Love and Confections and Susan of The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen!  Join us May 5th through 11th while we celebrate the deliciousness of brunch and to prepare for Mother's Day and summer brunching season.  We have 32 bloggers bringing you their best brunch game, from cocktails to eggs benedict to donuts, there is something for everything this week.  Our amazing sponsors have donated some great prizes for a gigantic giveaway, visit them all for more information. Please note that I have received promotional products to help with the Brunch Week festivities, but no paid compensation has occurred and opinions are all my own!

Two of our rockstar sponsors really helped me out with this recipe: OXO's Batter Bowl, and Bob's Red Mill Hazelnut Meal flour.

This batter bowl is PERFECT for waffles, pancakes, or anything that needs to be mixed up and then poured. No mess! I can tell that this thing is going to be my kitchen VIP very soon.

And I was SO excited to try this new gluten free almond flour alternative. All the traits of almond flour without the sometimes bitter after taste almond flour can have. Delish!

As some of you may know, I try to eat paleo about 75% of the time. This means that many of my breakfast favorites are no-no's. However, I've found that paleo waffles are just as good, if not BETTER than regular, so this is one breakfast food I've kept as a special treat.

Chicken and Waffles seems to be a Southern thing... I'd always wanted to try it, but never really quite knew the appeal. However, apparently the appeal is just that IT IS DELICIOUS. I didn't know if I was supposed to eat them separately or together, so I just went for it. Chicken topped with maple syrup and scooped up with a bit of waffle is incredible. Now I know the draw.

Before we get to the recipe, let's look at what the other bloggers are cooking up for today!

Brunch Eggs:
Main Brunch Dishes:
Brunch Breads and Sides:
Brunch Fruit and Vegetables:
Brunch Desserts:

Paleo Chicken & Waffles
(Adapted from Stupid Easy Paleo and All Recipes)

For the Waffles

  • 3/4 cup Bob's Red Mill hazelnut flour
  • 3 tbs coconut flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Chicken

  • 6-8 chicken cutlets or tenders
  • 1 cup Bob's Red Mill hazelnut meal
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup pickle juice
  • 2 tbs cajun seasoning
  • Coconut oil or oil of choice for frying

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F and heat your waffle iron to high. Mix together all waffle ingredients and drop by the ladle-full into heated, sprayed (with coconut oil cooking spray or regular) waffle iron.

Place on a cookie sheet in the oven to keep warm while you prepare the chicken.

Pour pickle juice into a ziplock back with the chicken and let sit 20 minutes. Then pour pickle juice out of bag and add egg. Squeeze bag until chicken is well coated.

In a separate bowl, mix together hazelnut meal and cajun seasoning. One by one, coat chicken in mixture.

Heat oil until sizzling and place chicken in hot oil in batches.

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  1. What a spectacular recipe!!! I could eat it for brunch or ANY meal!

  2. Yum I also made chicken and waffles this week.

  3. I love chicken and waffles - it is the perfect sweet and savory dish. Thanks for participating this year!

  4. What a fabulous recipe! The paleo aspect is just icing on the delicious cake!

  5. I still have never had chicken and waffles. But I might be swayed to try it soon. Thanks for sharing with #BrunchWeek.

  6. Being from the south, I adore chicken and waffles.

  7. I've never had chicken and waffles either! I'm not southern, so I guess I just never understood the appeal...but your photos make it look so yummy!

  8. Great way to use that hazelnut meal!

  9. I love chicken and waffles. . yummmm! and totally love my OXO batter bowl too. . I used mine for my Friday post! woot woot!!

  10. I've been just dying to make chicken and waffles at home, but haven't gotten to it yet. I'm in love with the fact that you used the hazelnut flour for this. So smart!

  11. Well hello there gorgeous breakfast! I can't wait to try my hazelnut meal as a coating for chicken fingers! Fabulous idea.

  12. Well. I think I need to come to Austin and park myself outside your door, mewing at you until you think I'm your cat and then you'll let me in and you'll feed me.

    ....that makes sense, right? ANYTHING FOR CHICKEN AND WAFFLES! :P