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Barbecued Chicken and Waffle Sandwiches Cooking View

Chicken and waffles. How did that become a thing?  When did it become a thing? Is it a distant relative of steak and lemonade? (Which I also don’t get, by the way.)  To be honest, I hadn’t even heard of chicken and waffles until a few years ago. Prior to what you see here, the only time I have actually tried the combination was Thomas Keller’s version, a couple of years ago at Bouchon in Vegas.  Pretty nice introduction if you ask me.  Given my relative inexperience with all things chicken and waffles, it was pretty surprising when the idea for this meal materialized in my mind out of absolutely nowhere.

It may have had something to do with the container of leftover barbecued chicken getting jostled around my freezer every time I dug for something else, something better. Whatever the reason, I’m so glad the thought occurred to me. Okay, so the chicken and waffles part came easily – but what else on it?  This part took some brainstorming but ultimately the idea of a very lightly dressed slaw came to me…like cole slaw, but not because yuck.  I’m happy to report that the whole shebang worked just as well together as I had hoped. The flavors and textures were a great combination, and of course, the kids thought it was totally cool to eat waffles as sandwiches.  These are a fun alternative to the usual barbecue sandwiches served in the summer.  Let’s make this a thing!

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Barbecued Chicken and Waffle Sandwiches
Yield: about 6-8 servings


For the waffles:

  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour (or white whole wheat)
  • ¼ cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1½ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1¼ cups buttermilk
  • 3 tbsp. minced chives

For the slaw: 

  • ¼ head of green cabbage, thinly sliced or shredded
  • ¼ head of red cabbage, thinly sliced or shredded
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and shredded
  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2-3 tbsp. buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp. greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

2-3 cups shredded barbecued chicken*
About 1 cup barbecue sauce*

Cooking View


  • Preheat a waffle maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar, baking soda, salt, and pepper.  Whisk to blend.  In another bowl, combine the butter, eggs, and buttermilk.  Whisk to blend well.  Add the wet ingredients to the bowl with the dry ingredients and whisk just until evenly incorporated, taking care not to over-mix. Cook the batter in the waffle maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  

  • Meanwhile, make the slaw. In a large bowl, combine the cabbage and carrot. In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, combine the vinegar, oil, buttermilk, yogurt and Dijon. Whisk until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Add a bit of the dressing to the bowl with the cabbage mixture and toss until evenly coated. Add more dressing as necessary to your liking.

  • In a medium bowl or baking dish, combine the barbecued chicken with additional barbecue sauce. Warm as desired (microwave or oven.)

  • When the waffles are finished cooking, assemble sandwiches with the chicken and the slaw. Serve immediately.

  • Notes: 

    • Make the barbecued chicken whatever way you prefer. This recipe is my favorite. Since it is a meal that takes longer than most, I always make a huge batch and freeze leftovers for meals like this one.


  • Amelia

    Mmm waffles! This is an interesting take on the traditional combo, but honestly the flavors just go together.
    My favorite place for chicken and waffles in Charleston makes a Belgian waffle for the base, topped with buttermilk fried chicken and served with whipped honey butter and sorghum infused syrup. I coud drink the syrup. That good! cant wait to give this a whirl once I’m cooking again. :)

  • Brandi

    Looks amazing! I bet the slaw makes it even better. I just posted a chicken and waffle recipe on my blog not long ago too! It’s really a great combination. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I love the sandwich idea.

  • Annie Lindsay

    Holy. Heck. This looks phenomenal. It’s like all of my favorite things in one bite.

  • Lynna

    I love chicken and waffles! I first tired it a few years ago at a place called Bruxie. They make some incredible waffle sandwiches and I totally fell in love with your chicken and waffle sandwich!

  • Sammi Sunshine

    I am totally with you, let’s make it a thing! The idea of adding a light slaw to it sounds perfect as well.

  • realfoodbydad

    I have never had anything like this but have always wanted to try. Love this recipe!

  • Kelsey Spencer

    Ever since I saw Joy’s post for BLT Waffles I’ve been wanting to make sandwiches out of waffles. Too bad I don’t own a waffle iron! These look delicious

  • Melissa Brooker

    I have yet to purchase a waffle maker, this recipe may be the reason i finally do!! Sounds delicious!

  • Theresa Ruskuski

    Chicken and waffles has been a soul food staple for A LONG time, long before it became bougie. And it’s just fried chicken served on a big waffle, with syrup, powdered sugar, and hot sauce.

  • annieseats

    Yes, I know :)

  • Samina |The Cupcake Confession

    OMG!!!!!!! Chicken and waffles??? This has GOT to be the BEST SANDWICH ever!!!!!!!!!!! I need to get a waffle maker stat ’cause I’m seriously missing out on something super-awesome here!!!!

  • annieseats

    Oops, those weren’t meant to be included in this recipe but are certainly delicious if you do include them. Glad you enjoyed them!

  • Mira L

    Wow! Great idea!

  • Francie

    You should check out Maxine’s Chicken and Waffles in downtown Indy sometime. It is tasty! The peach butter is delicious.