These Chicken and Waffle Sliders have delicious fried chicken sandwiched between two homemade savory waffles mixed with red pepper, jalapeño, and onion to give it a bit of a spicy kick! Topped with a slice of crispy bacon, crumbled blue cheese, and a sprig of rosemary for garnish, these Savory Chicken and Waffle Sliders are perfect for any party!
Savory Chicken and Waffle Sliders
If you caught my Southern-Style Spring Brunch Iced Tea Party, then you saw my savory Chicken and Waffle Sliders made on savory homemade waffles. Served alongside some Sweet Peach and Coconut Grits and some Iced Tea, these chicken and waffle sliders would be great for a small brunch party such as Mother’s Day, a bridal shower, or a baby shower!
I love switching up and using savory waffles rather than the traditionally sweet waffles for these sliders. And when topped with the crispy bacon and blue cheese, these chicken and waffle sliders are loaded with flavor!
The full, printable recipe is below, but here are the ingredients and a few tips:
Ingredients for the Homemade Savory Waffles:
- Baking powder
- Red bell pepper
- Pickled jalapeño
Ingredients for Assembling the Chicken and Waffle Sliders:
- Savory waffles
- Fresh or frozen fried or breaded chicken
- Blue cheese crumbles
- Fresh rosemary
- Maple syrup
You can make your own fried chicken or simply heat up frozen chicken for the sliders. There is absolutely no shame in using frozen or store-bought when working with time constraints such as prepping for a party. I used frozen fried chicken since I made the savory waffles from scratch.
I tried making the waffles as tiny round waffles using my waffle maker, but that was taking WAY too long, so I just made large whole waffles and then cut them into the triangular quarters to use for the sliders.
While you’re making your waffles, pop each finished waffle right onto the rack into a warm oven set at 350-degrees to keep the waffles warm and crisp.
Once you’ve finished cooking all the waffles, assemble your chicken and waffle sliders. Simply slice the waffles into quarters, assemble the sandwiches with your fried chicken, add a slice of crispy bacon atop the chicken, sprinkle some blue cheese crumbles on top, and add a drizzle of maple syrup!
Here’s the printable recipe:
- 2 cups flour, sifted
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 8 Tb butter, melted
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1/2 cup of pickled jalapenos, diced
- 8 Savory waffles
- 8-16 pieces of fresh or frozen fried or breaded chicken (depending on size - 1 or two pieces of chicken per slider)
- 8 slices of crispy bacon
- 1 cup of blue cheese crumbles
- 1/2 cup of maple syrup
- 2 sprigs of rosemary, destemmed
- First, start cooking the bacon in the oven. Preheat to 375 F and lay each strip of bacon onto a foil-wrapped baking sheet, making sure the strips do not touch. Bake for 15 minutes, flip each strip, then bake another 5 minutes.
- To make the waffles, first, mix the flour, baking soda, salt, eggs, buttermilk, and melted butter together in a large bowl. Then gently fold in the diced onion, red bell pepper, and pickled jalapeño. Set aside the batter in the refrigerator as you cook your chicken.
- Next, make your fried chicken. If you're making fresh fried chicken, follow your favorite recipe. If you're using frozen chicken, simply follow the manufacturer's instructions to heat it in the oven.
- Then cook your waffles, following the waffle maker manufacturer's instructions. While you’re making your waffles, pop each finished waffle right onto the rack into a warm oven set at 350-degrees to keep the waffles warm and crispy.
- To assemble the sliders, slice your waffles into quarters, add a spoonful of blue cheese to the bottom waffle, top it with 1-2 pieces of fried chicken (depending upon your chicken size), followed by 1/2 slice of crispy bacon and finish with the waffle "top." Use a toothpick to secure if needed.
- Top the waffle slider with another spoonful of blue cheese, some maple syrup, and a sprig of fresh rosemary if you want to be fancy.
Or if you’re looking for other waffle ideas, check out my other waffle recipes: