Hi friends! Did you know, October 20th, marks a day of yummy delight for food enthusiasts across the United States – National Chicken and Waffle Day! This beloved comfort food has a long-standing history, originating in the Southern United States. Traditionally, it’s a combination of crispy fried chicken and fluffy waffles served with maple syrup, creating a perfect harmony of sweet and savory flavors. To commemorate this special day, why not elevate the classic combination and indulge in a delightful twist: Chicken and Waffle Casserole.
The Essence of Chicken and Waffle Casserole.
Picture this: layers of tender chicken pieces nestled between fluffy waffle cubes, all soaked in a rich and savory egg custard. The dish is then baked to golden perfection, creating a harmonious fusion of textures and tastes that will make your taste buds wiggle. Whether you’re hosting a brunch gathering or simply want to savor the essence of this beloved dish, Chicken and Waffle Casserole is the way to go.
Ingredients You’ll Need.
– 1 bag of Sam’s Club southern style chicken bites, cut into bite-sized pieces (18 pieces)
– 8 prepared waffles, cut into bite-sized pieces
– 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
– 3/4 cup milk
– 4-5 large eggs
– 1/4 cup maple syrup
-1/4 tsbp of cinnamon
-Pinch of salt
Instructions: Crafting Your Chicken and Waffle Casserole.
1. Preheat and Prep: Preheat your oven to 365°F. Grease a baking dish with butter or non-stick spray.
2. Create the Layers: In the prepared baking dish, layer half of the waffle pieces, followed by chicken pieces, and then repeat the layers once more.
3. Prepare the Custard: In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, cinnamon, salt and maple syrup. Pour this flavorful custard mixture evenly over the casserole. Press down gently to ensure the waffles absorb the custard.
4. Bake to Perfection: Place the casserole in the preheated oven and bake for 45-55 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the custard is set.
5. Garnish and Serve: Once out of the oven, let it cool for a few minutes. Sprinkle on some powdered sugar for that classic sweet touch and enjoy.
A Celebration of Flavor.
National Chicken and Waffle Day is a perfect opportunity to celebrate the marriage of flavors and the joy of comfort food. With this Chicken and Waffle Casserole recipe, you’re not just savoring a dish; you’re savoring a tradition, a culture, and a timeless combination that continues to delight taste buds across generations.
So, gather your loved ones, enjoy this delightful casserole, and raise a fork to the irresistible pairing of crispy chicken and fluffy waffles. Happy National Chicken and Waffle Day!