chicken and waffles?! what sort of waffle would that be? I've never heard of that combination since around here a waffle would generally always be sweet by default
Oh man. Ohhh man. SO.
There are a lot of ways to make chicken and waffles and since I’m not a southerner I’m not going to get into it, I don’t have first hand experience. Basically, imagine a traditional waffle- not the belgian kind but the make in a waffle iron kind. In America they’re generally served with butter and syrup so add that to your mental image- sweet, like you’re thinking.
Got that in your head?
Okay. Now. Put fried chicken on top.
There you go. Chicken and waffles. The EXACT origin of the dish is unknown- there’s what’s called a pennsylvania dutch version that involves stewed chicken in gravy on top of a waffle- but the ‘soul food’ version is the most popular.
There are variations on chicken and waffles, of course- waffle ‘fries’ that are sweet and paired with fried chicken fingers, for example. A sandwich of two sweet waffles with a fried chicken patty in between is also popular. It’s the combination of savory and sweet that makes the dish.
And yes, the carb and calorie count is off the charts, but that’s the southern USA for you- that is the region that throws massive barbeque competitions where pork is smoked for days. and also the area of our country where the great ‘is it edible? THEN WE FRY IT’ tradition started.
(they also fry some non-edible things. They think we think they’re backwards. We know they’re trying to fuck with us.)