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Sunny's Crazy Rich Chicken and Waffles

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 10 min
  • Active: 1 hr
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

Flour:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons cornstarch 

1 tablespoon cayenne pepper 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

Egg Wash:

4 large eggs

2 tablespoons hot sauce 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

Chicken:

1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders (or breasts cut into strips), at room temperature

4 tablespoons salted butter 

4 tablespoons gold cocoa butter, such as Roxy & Rich 

1/2 cup creamed honey 

1/4 cup maple syrup 

3 tablespoons hot sauce, preferably Frank's RedHot

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

Peanut or vegetable oil, for frying 

2 to 3 servings Sunny's 1-2-3 Waffles, recipe follows, cut into portions

Edible gold dust or highlight gold dust, for dusting 

Sunny's 1-2-3 Waffles:

1 large egg

2 tablespoons whole milk 

3 tablespoons self-rising flour 

Nonstick cooking spray, for the waffle iron

Directions

Special equipment:
a deep-frying thermometer; skewers
  1. For the flour: Add the flour, cornstarch, cayenne, a pinch of salt and a few grinds of black pepper to a shallow dish. Mix to distribute ingredients evenly.
  2. For the egg wash: Add the eggs, hot sauce, a pinch of salt and a few grinds of black pepper to a separate shallow dish. Whisk and add enough water to loosen, but still have enough body to coat something?like chicken!
  3. For the chicken: Dunk the tenders in the flour mixture, shake the pieces off, then dip in the egg mixture. Shake off the excess egg mixture and toss the tenders back in the flour mixture to coat. Shake off the excess and rest on a wire rack for 10 to 15 minutes. (If any areas look like they are soaking up the flour quickly while resting, dust the chicken with some more of the flour mixture.)
  4. Add the butter to a nonstick saucepan over medium heat and melt. Add the gold cocoa butter and stir until combined. Add the honey, maple syrup, hot sauce and some black pepper. Stir until combined and remove from the heat.
  5. Add enough oil to reach more than 3 inches up the side of a Dutch oven or large heavy pot over medium-high heat and bring to 350 degrees F. Shake off any excess flour from the tenders and gently place them in the oil in batches to avoid overcrowding the pot. Cook, while maintaining the oil temperature at around 350 degrees F, until the tenders are golden brown and cooked through, about 4 minutes per batch. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate and sprinkle immediately with salt. Place on skewers with portions of Sunny's 1-2-3 Waffles. Drizzle with golden honey sauce and a shake of gold dust.

Sunny's 1-2-3 Waffles:

  1. Separate the egg into 2 bowls. Whisk the yolk, then whisk in the milk followed by the flour.
  2. Whisk the egg white until soft peaks form. Fold the white into the batter. Spray a waffle iron with cooking spray, then make waffles.