Recipe Re(redux): Chicken and Waffles – Indian Style

31 Mar

If you didn’t get the memo yet – I love me some chicken and waffles.  After sampling straight from the source at Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles in Hollywood (verdict: good, in that traditional way that is well-executed but lacks a certain panache.  The fried chicken was very tasty but the waffle was somewhat reminiscent of a soggy scouring sponge – I prefer a little crispness) and experimenting a little at home, I consider my chops pretty solid.  Loyal reader will also be aware of my affinity for all things curried.  Combine those with a hungry Travis at midnight and you have yourself a recipe for a comfort food classic with a twist.

I stuck with the same base waffle recipe from my first crack at the dish (minus the pecans and brown sugar), but added about 3/4 of a teaspoon of Penzeys Sweet Curry Powder and a dash of Garam Masala. They turned out lightly crisped on the outside and wonderfully steamed and fluffy on the inside in a way that mimicked grilled naan bread in a serendipitously appropriate way.

For the chicken (this time boneless, skinless thighs), I went with a simple double dredging method (egg wash – flour – egg wash – flour) with the flour seasoned with salt, pepper, curry, garam masala, and garlic powder and pan fried them for a few minutes on each side until golden brown and crispy.

I couldn’t quite decide on salty or sweet for a syrup/sauce/gravy and ended up fudging a sweet and savory gravy from chicken stock thickened with roux, apricot preserves, sweet curry, cracked pepper and a dash of salt.  I managed meld the best of syrup and gravy to find a great balance that satisfied both ends of the flavor and texture spectra.

For a chicken and waffles and curry-head like myself – a pretty damn tasty meal thrown together in about 45 minutes on a whim.  A tasty second act awaits for lunch tomorrow as well.

3 Responses to “Recipe Re(redux): Chicken and Waffles – Indian Style”

  1. Kathy March 31, 2010 at 8:23 AM #

    Is that minced cilantro smellin’ up the joint all nice?

  2. David April 27, 2010 at 12:14 PM #

    Have you seen the movie: “Tapeheads”???
    All fans of Roscoe’s must see the tv ad from this movie –

    fwiw both John Cusak and Tim Robbins will deny making this film.

    • 43north89west April 27, 2010 at 12:22 PM #

      Wow, that just blew my mind. Roscoe’s was good, but I prefer a crispier Belgian-style waffle to the sponge-style they make.

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