November 14, 2018 by Gennefer Gross
From the jazz halls of Harlem in the 1930s to the hallowed halls of LA institutions like Roscoe’s – and scattered across soul food spots around the country – fried chicken and waffles is an elusive dish with mass appeal.
With deep Southern roots, this sweet and savory combination of crispy, breaded chicken atop fluffy waffles with a mélange of maple syrup is a meal unlike any other. But despite its undeniable allure, it still hasn’t made its way into the mainstream… until now.
Chicken giant, KFC, has finally married these betrothed bedfellows in sandwich form, bringing fried chicken and waffles to the forefront for the first time, and I. am. here. for. it.
You can’t beat the Colonel’s crunch of seasoned chicken, now combined with a homemade waffle that resembles a liège you’d find at a boozy brunch in Belgium. But you don’t have to travel to Europe to get your hands on this elevated Eggo that’s made with imported Belgian sugar and deep fried, which is unlike any other waffle preparation. It’s KFC. You knew they were gonna Kentucky fry their waffles, too. But I’m not complaining.
The crackling outer coating of the waffle houses a soft, airy center. Its plush flakiness is very reminiscent of a biscuit with a hint of sweetness that cradles your choice of tenders or a hot honey fried chicken filet. After one bite, you’ll see why they went the deep-fried waffle route. It really stands up to the sticky syrup without sogging out, creating a satisfying sequence of textures and flavors. For only $5.99, that’s some sandwich mad science right there.
You can also get fried chicken pieces to accompany a plate of waffles for $5.49 with a side of trusty Mrs. Butterworth, so take your pick through December 31st and after you sink your teeth into this sinful combination, you might even forget you’re at a fast food joint.