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Kettle Fried Chicken and Waffles

These Kettle Fried Chicken and Waffles are everything you love in chicken and waffles. These are breaded and cooked over a charcoal grill, but crisps like a fried chicken. Take my advice and get on this recipe ASAP.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
Keyword: Chicken and Waffles, Fried Chicken and Waffles
Servings: 8 people
Author: Susie Bulloch (heygrillhey.com)


Fried Chicken

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Chicken Seasoning
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon hot sauce I used Cholula

Buttermilk Waffles

  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 2 eggs yolks and white separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla



  • Preheat the grill. Preheat your charcoal grill to 450 degrees F with your charcoal arranged on one side of the grill basin and no charcoal on the other (two-zone cooking).
  • Make the dredging mixture. Prepare your chicken for grilling by setting up a dredging station. In one shallow pan, whisk to combine the flour, cornstarch, and chicken seasoning. In another shallow plan, whisk to combine the buttermilk, eggs, and hot sauce.
  • Coat the chicken. Use tongs to move one chicken thigh at a time into the flour mixture, then into the buttermilk/egg mixture, and then back into the flour, thoroughly coating the chicken thigh in each pan.
  • Cook the chicken. Place the coated chicken thighs directly on the grill grates, on the indirect heat side of the grill, away from the charcoal. Close the lid of the grill and allow to cook for 20 minutes before flipping. After gently flipping the chicken thighs, spray them lightly with cooking oil. Be cautious here to only spray the oil on the thighs and not near the burning charcoal. Close the grill lid again and cook for approximately 20 more minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through to 170 degrees F. If your chicken hasn't browned as much as you'd like, you can gently move them to the direct heat side of the grill to crisp the exterior for 2-3 minutes.
  • Combine dry ingredients for the waffles. While the chicken is cooking, prepare your waffles. Preheat a waffle iron. In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients, including the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, and sugar. In a separate bowl, combine the buttermilk, melted butter, egg yolks, and vanilla. In another small bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  • Finish making the waffle batter. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the dry and mixing to gently combine. Some small lumps are fine, don't overmix. Next, pour in the whipped egg whites and fold them into the batter with a rubber spatula until just incorporated.
  • Cook the waffles. Spray your waffle iron with cooking spray and then spoon your waffle mixture into the enter of your hot waffle iron. Close the iron and cook for 4-6 minutes, or until the waffles are golden brown and cooked through. Remove the waffles to your serving platter.
  • Assemble the kettle fried chicken and waffles and enjoy. Top the waffles with the kettle fried chicken, sprinkle your hot sauce on top (if desired) and then drizzle liberally with the Maple Bourbon Grilling Glaze (or with plain maple syrup). Enjoy!



Calories: 616kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 233mg | Sodium: 687mg | Potassium: 694mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 728IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 248mg | Iron: 4mg