I love chicken and waffles, so I’m always looking for new and creative ways to combine the two foods. Back in January I created chicken and waffle wings, which are chicken wings that are breaded with actual waffles. The resulting blog post was by far the most popular story I’ve ever written.
Recently I bought a waffle cone maker. The idea behind my purchase wasn’t to make sugary waffle cones to fill with ice cream though. What I really wanted to do with it is make waffle cones out of actual waffle batter so I could fill them with pieces of popcorn chicken. Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you the chicken and waffle cone!
Now, the popcorn chicken part of this thing is easy. You can get popcorn chicken pretty much anywhere. The tricky part is cooking your waffle perfectly. As you can imagine, waffle cone makers aren’t exactly made to be used with actual waffle batter, so I ran into a couple problems.
The main problem is that if the waffle batter is too thick or if you cook it for too long your waffle will break apart when you try rolling it into a cone. My first couple waffles weren’t quite thin enough because I didn’t press the top of the waffle cone maker down hard enough after adding the batter, so if you want a perfect waffle cone maker sure you apply ample pressure.
In the end I finally got my batter to the perfect consistency by just adding a little extra milk. I also only cooked my waffles for a minute and 15 seconds (the instructions recommended a minute and a half) because I found that any longer than that and the edges wouldn’t stay together when I rolled them into cones.
Don’t worry if you mess up though because if you do all you’re really left with are some round waffles that are sort of a cross between regular waffles and pancakes. It took me four tries before I got my waffle cone perfect, which in turn means I got to eat four messed up waffles — not a bad problem to have at all….
Once you finally make the perfect waffle cone, fill it with popcorn chicken and drizzle it with syrup it’s quite a treat. This is another one of those foods that I can totally imagine vendors selling at state fairs all over the country this summer. In fact, maybe I should just open up a stand at the Wisconsin State Fair. I could sell chicken and waffle cones, deep friend lasagna, dessert cheese curds and maybe even slices of the mac and cheese pie with a bacon crust that I made.