Pumpkin Ginger Chicken And Waffles

Posted by Annette Bellisari on

Treat your tastebuds with Pumpkin Ginger Chicken and Waffles!

Serves 4

1¼ c. all-purpose flour
1½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
2 tsp. ground ginger
½ tsp. cinnamon
¼ c. finely chopped ginger
2 large eggs
¾ c. buttermilk
½ c. canned pumpkin puree
½ c. sugar
¾ tsp. vanilla extract
3 T unsalted butter
1 jar of Bellisari’s Blistered Jalapeno and Fig

8 chicken tenders, boneless and skinless
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. sweet paprika
1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 c. buttermilk
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Cooking spray or oil mister coating

2/3 c. panko bread crumbs
1/2 c. crushed cornflake crumbs
2 T grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. dried parsley flakes
1 1/2 tsp. sweet paprika
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. chili powder

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ground ginger, and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Remove 2 tablespoons of the flour mixture and toss with crystallized ginger in a small bowl. Set aside. Whisk eggs, buttermilk, pumpkin, sugar, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Combine with flour mixture. Stir in butter and fold in reserved crystalized-ginger mixture. Do not overmix. Heat a waffle iron and make waffles, using about 1/2 cup batter per waffle. Keep warm in 200°F oven, if desired.

In a medium bowl, season the chicken with the salt, paprika, poultry seasoning, garlic powder, and black pepper. Pour the buttermilk and lemon juice over the chicken and refrigerate for 6 to 8 hours, preferably overnight. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place a rack on a baking sheet and lightly spray with oil.

In a shallow bowl, combine the panko, cornflake crumbs, Parmesan, salt, parsley, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and chili powder. Remove the chicken from the buttermilk, dredge each piece in the crumb mixture, and put the pieces onto the prepared baking sheet. Spray the tops of the chicken with oil. Bake until golden brown and cooked through, 40 to 45 minutes.

Remove waffles and chicken from oven. Place two waffles in the center of the plate, place two chicken tenders on top of the waffles and drizzle with Bellisari’s Blistered Jalapeno & Fig.

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