Sunday, January 10, 2010

Chicken Waffles

Chicken waffles? Yes, fried chicken and waffles. Yes, gluten free. You say, what is this craziness? It is sweet chewy waffles with a slightly crunchy exterior topped with chicken tenders that have been dredged with well seasoned rice flour and pan fried. A mixture of maple syrup and chili sauce. Sweet and spicy. Crunchy and tender. A contrast for the taste buds. Definitely not good for the waist line. For those of us that are gluten free, this is a rare treat. What could make it better? Maybe a gluten free beer or a cider if your tendency leans on the sweet side.

For the past month, I have been working on developing a gluten free waffle for Taste of Belgium. I make about two dozen different formulations varying different flours and different methods of making them. Jean-Francois' waffles are extremely dense and are some where between a cake and a cookie with caramelized sugar from the beet pearl sugar. I think we got a winner that holds up to his original Belgian waffle. This waffle pictured was inspired by this work, yet a more soft and tender one. One that can easily be cut with a fork and knife - topped with fried chicken. Yum.

-Erin Swing
The Sensitive Epicure