Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Chicken and Waffles with a Basil Infused Cantaloupe Syrup

Chicken and Waffles with Basil Infused Cantaloupe Syrup
     I have made a chicken and waffle recipe before, However this time I wanted something a bit different; something that could be refreshing and more summertime worthy utilizing some fresh produce. I decided to come up with this delicious crisp syrup that would be cooling and add that little something to the fried chicken and hearty waffles. So here goes; Chicken and Waffles with a Basil Infused Cantaloupe Syrup.


  • 6 chicken breast strips
  • Waffle mix
  • 5 slices of bacon
  • 1 cup chopped cantaloupe
  • 5 basil leaves
  • 1 shot of limoncello
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • Cornflake crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • Flour
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt/Pepper

1. I set up a 3 plate station for the chicken breading. One for egg, one for flour, and another for cornflake crumbs.

2. Dredge chicken in flour, followed by dipping in egg, then dredging in cornflake crumbs.

3. Fry chicken in a large skillet with enough vegetable oil till golden brown on both sides.

4. Remove chicken and place on baking sheet and bake in 350 degree oven for 15 minutes or until

5. Meanwhile fry the bacon in a skillet until crisp. Chop up and combine in with waffle mix. (I just used store bought just add water mixture).

6. Make waffles using a simple waffle iron.

7. Now in a saute pot, pour in the limoncello. Over medium high heat bring limoncello to a boil. Toss in chopped basil and let the leaves infuse into the liquid.

8. Pour in the syrup and whisk to combine.

9. Take cantaloupe and puree in a food processor. Pour into pot and combine.

10. Now for the fun part. Place waffle on plate. Top with fried chicken, and then drizzle some of the cantaloupe syrup over the chicken. Add some fresh cantaloupe pieces and viola!

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4

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