Crispy fried chicken tenders and bacon served on a waffle topped with a creamy, spicy maple sauce will convince you to put your diet on hold for a day. And even though it's all gluten-free, it won't matter to your glutenivores.


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30 mins
45 mins
2 hrs
3 hrs 15 mins
6 waffles


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Put chicken tenders in a zip-top bag and pour in buttermilk. Refrigerate for 2 hours or up to 4 hours. Allow chicken to reach room temperature before cooking.

  • Stir maple syrup, butter, and sriracha sauce together to create the condiment. Set aside.

  • Place 1 cup white rice flour in a bowl. Whisk eggs together in a shallow dish. Mix corn flakes, bread crumbs, Creole seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper together in another shallow dish.

  • Drain chicken and discard buttermilk. Dredge a chicken tender in the bowl of white rice flour, shaking off any excess. Dip into beaten egg. Lift up so excess egg drips back in the bowl. Press into bread crumb mixture to coat both sides. Place the breaded tender onto a plate. Continue process with the remaining chicken tenders. Run the tenders through the egg wash and dredge through the crumb mixture a second time. Tap and allow excess to fall off.

  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Cook bacon until slightly crispy and fat is rendered, about 4 minutes per side. Let bacon drain on a wire rack over paper towels. Increase heat to medium-high. Add vegetable oil to the bacon grease and heat to between 350 to 375 degrees F (175 to 190 degrees C).

  • Fry tenders in the hot oil until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, 6 to 8 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Place chicken on the rack with the bacon.

  • Preheat a waffle iron according to manufacturer's instructions.

  • Whisk egg whites and cream of tartar on medium high speed in the bowl of a stand mixer until stiff peaks form.

  • Sift brown rice flour, 1/2 cup white rice flour, cornstarch, baking powder, powdered milk, and a pinch of salt together in a mixing bowl twice. Make a well in the center. Pour in milk, honey, oil, and vanilla extract while lightly stirring. Do not overmix. Fold in egg whites until just combined; leaving pillows of egg whites will create fluffy pockets in the waffles.

  • Cook batter in the waffle iron according to manufacturer's instructions, or until waffle is golden brown and the iron stops steaming, about 5 minutes. Repeat with remaining batter to make 6 waffles. This batter will make 7 total; you can freeze the remaining waffle if desired.

  • Heat maple syrup sauce in the microwave for 1 minute. Place waffles on serving plates. Top each with 3 slices of bacon. Divide chicken between the waffles and top with sauce.

Cook's Note:

Try adding some sriracha to the buttermilk for a spicier chicken.

Editor's Notes:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of waffle batter and buttermilk marinade. The actual amount consumed will vary.

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

716 calories; protein 30.7g; carbohydrates 102.1g; fat 20.1g; cholesterol 154.3mg; sodium 1416.9mg. Full Nutrition