12/26/18 O&A NYC FOOD/HOLIDAY BRUNCH IDEAS: Fried Chicken and Waffle Sandwich Bites

Fried Chicken and Waffle Sandwich Bites contains bite-size bacon, beer and bourbon…how could chicken ‘n waffles get any better?

8 slices bacon, cut in half

Spicy Fried Chicken
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (4 oz each)
1/8 teaspoon salt
Dash freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup Original Bisquick™ mix
1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
1 egg
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Maple-Bourbon Butter
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons bourbon whiskey

Beer Waffles
1 1/4 cups Original Bisquick™ mix
1 egg
3/4 cup regular or nonalcoholic beer (6 oz)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 In 12-inch skillet, cook bacon over low heat 8 to 10 minutes, turning occasionally, until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Set aside.
2 Between pieces of waxed paper or plastic wrap, place each chicken breast smooth side down; gently pound with flat side of meat mallet or rolling pin until about 1/2 inch thick. Cut into 2-inch pieces. Season chicken with salt and pepper.
3 In shallow bowl, mix 1/2 cup Bisquick mix and the chipotle powder. In another bowl, beat egg with fork. Dip chicken into egg mixture; coat with Bisquick mixture.
4 In 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat. Add chicken; cook 6 to 8 minutes, turning once, until chicken is no longer pink in center and coating is golden brown. Meanwhile, in another small bowl, stir together Maple-Bourbon Butter ingredients until smooth. Set aside.
5 Heat waffle iron. In medium bowl, stir Beer Waffle ingredients until blended. Pour about 1 tablespoon batter onto center of each quarter of hot waffle iron. Close lid of waffle iron. Bake about 2 minutes or until steaming stops. Carefully remove waffles. Repeat with remaining batter, making 32 small waffles.
6 To assemble: Place waffle section on plate; spread Maple-Bourbon Butter on waffle, top with 1 half slice bacon, 1 piece chicken, and another waffle section.

Expert Tips
Make these cute snacks or appetizers up to 1 day ahead of time and reheat them in the oven at 350°F for about 10 minutes. Spread Maple-Bourbon Butter on waffles, and assemble just before serving.

Beer lovers may want to choose an ale or a more robust beer for these waffles. Those who prefer a milder taste should use light beer.

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