For this week’s Chopped Dinner Challenge, the chefs of Food Network Kitchen chose to feature the basket ingredient of quick-cooking grits. When you’re in a pinch, a box of grits comes in handy for a fast, creamy side dish, but in this case the grits are used for something entirely different. In this Butter-Roasted Chicken with Grit Waffles recipe, the grits add a nice crunch to waffles. And instead of frying the chicken, as is done traditionally with chicken and waffles, this recipe features roasted dark meat with a bit of sweetness and a kick. Your family will be excited to try this modern version of the classic Southern comfort food dish.
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To begin the recipe, whisk together the maple syrup and the chopped chipotles. This will be your sweet and hot component to drizzle over the chicken and waffles.
Next, liberally season the drumsticks and thighs with salt and pepper and coat with half the melted butter. Add to an already preheated baking sheet to speed up the roasting process. Bake until the skin is golden and crispy and the meat registers 160 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer, about 20 to 25 minutes in total.
While the chicken is roasting, prepare the waffle batter. Whisk together the flour, grits, baking powder and some salt in a mixing bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, and remaining melted butter and maple syrup. Slowly combine the wet and dry ingredients.
To make the waffles, spray a preheated waffle iron with cooking oil. Pour 1/2 cup of the batter in the center of the waffle iron and cook until golden brown, about 3 to 5 minutes. Continue cooking the remaining batter, spraying oil between batches, to make 4 waffles in total.
When ready to serve, place a waffle on each plate, top with a drumstick and thigh, and drizzle the chipotle maple syrup on top.
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The Chopped Dinner Challenge is a series of recipes showing you how easy it is to cook like a winning Chopped competitor. Every week, FN Dish will showcase a recipe created by Food Network Kitchen that uses at least one of the Chopped basket ingredients from an episode, plus basic grocery goods and simple staples. Consider it your very own Chopped challenge. Just take this frequent tip from the judges: Don’t forget to season!