Today is National Waffle Day! We adore this Southern fried chicken and waffle sandwich recipe.
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 cups low-fat buttermilk
1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus more, room temperature, for serving
3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper1 cup safflower oil, plus more for brushing
4 thin chicken cutlets (about 1 pound total), patted dry
Pure maple syrup and hot sauce, such as Tabasco, for serving
Whisk together eggs, 2 cups buttermilk, and butter. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Transfer 1 cup flour mixture to a shallow bowl; fold rest into wet ingredients.
Preheat a Belgian-waffle iron; brush with oil. Pour in 1 cup batter; spread, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Cook until golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Repeat with remaining batter.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Season chicken with salt and pepper; dredge in reserved flour mixture. Shake off excess. Dip in remaining 1 cup buttermilk, then again in flour; repeat. Cook in batches until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes a side.
Transfer to a plate and serve with waffles, layer with lettuce, sliced tomato, avocado, butter, syrup, and hot sauce.