Chicken & waffles recipe

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If you can’t seem to decide between a sweet and savory breakfast, you’ll be very happy with this chicken & waffles dish. In our recipe, we’re using homemade waffles topped with fried seitan chicken nuggets, all drizzled with maple syrup. It’s the perfect start to a lazy weekend.

  • Yield: 2 Servings
  • Total Time: 90 Minutes


For Chicken
  • ½ cup (60 g) vital wheat gluten
  • ¼ cup (30 g) chickpea flour + 1 cup (120 g), divided
  • ½ tablespoon chicken seasoning + ½ teaspoon, divided
  • ⅓ cup (75 ml) sparkling water
  • 1 cup (250 ml) water
  • ¼ teaspoon sriracha
  • ½ cup (75 g) breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup (40 g) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (15 g) panko flakes
  • oil for frying
For Waffles
  • 1 cup (125 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • ¾ cup (180 ml) plant-based milk, e.g., rice milk
  • maple syrup, for topping
How to Make It
    For Chicken
  1. Combine vital wheat gluten, ¼ cup chickpea flour, and chicken seasoning in a mixing bowl. Add the sparkling water. Stir to combine and use a kitchen machine to knead the homemade seitan for 5 minutes or knead it by hand for 10 minutes.
  2. Add a steaming basket to a large pot and fill with a couple of inches of water. Bring the water to a boil.
  3. Divide the seitan into 6 equal pieces and press them into a nugget shape 1-inch (3 cm) thick. Add the seitan nuggets into the steaming basket and let them steam for about 20 minutes, flipping them after 10 minutes.
  4. Combine the remaining chickpea flour, water, and sriracha and whisk until smooth.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, all-purpose flour, and panko flakes.
  6. Once the nuggets are soft, let them cool off a bit, then dip them first in the egg replacement, then coat them in the breading. Repeat until all nuggets are coated.
  7. Heat the oil for frying in a pot (just enough so that the nuggets can swim; make sure there’s enough room in the pot to prevent it from spilling over) to 350°F/175°C, and carefully add the breaded seitan nuggets (work in batches). Fry for 4 minutes until golden and crispy and transfer the nuggets onto a paper towel to remove excess oil.
  8. For Waffles
  9. Combine the flour, baking powder, and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add in the milk and whisk until combined. It should be a thick, sticky batter.
  10. Heat a waffle iron and coat it generously with baking spray or coconut oil so that the waffles don’t stick to the iron later.
  11. Use about ¼ cup waffle batter for each waffle to make 4 waffles. Let the waffles cook in the iron or pan until slightly brown on the edges.
  12. Once you’ve made all the waffles, stack them up, add the vegan chicken on top, and drizzle with maple syrup.

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