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Tequila Chicken n' Waffles

We're getting traditional chicken and waffles hot, spicy and drunk on tequila.


  • Brine:
  • 1-ounce Tanteo Jalapeno Tequila
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tablespoon gochujang (Korean chili paste)
  • 1 whole chicken (about 2 ½ to 3 pounds), washed, patted dry, cut into parts (leg and thigh attached), skin-on
  • Dredge:
  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 ½ tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1 cup vegetable Crisco
  • Waffles:
  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup yellow cornmeal
  • ½ tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ⅓ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapenos, seeds removed
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese
  • Cooking spray, for waffle iron


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the tequila, salt, pepper, buttermilk, eggs, and gochujang. Submerge the chicken pieces into mixture, turning over pieces to coat evenly. Cover the bowl in a plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 5 hours, up to 24 hours. Remove from the refrigerator at least 1 hour before cooking.
  2. In a large paper bag, combine the flour, cornstarch, paprika, cayenne pepper, oregano, brown sugar, garlic powder, and chipotle chili powder. Add 4 tablespoons of the liquid brine to the flour mixture and mix with a fork to combine. Remove two pieces of chicken from the brine, allowing the excess liquid to drip off, and add coat in the flour mixture until well covered. Place the chicken on a wire rack. Continue, working in batches, coating the chicken. In a deep skillet, heat the Crisco to 350º Fahrenheit and fry the chicken until golden on both sides and the internal temperature reads 165º Fahrenheit on a thermometer, about 15 to 17 minutes.
  3. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Whisk in the milk, oil, and eggs until smooth. Using a spatula, fold in the jalapeno and cheddar cheese. Preheat the waffle iron. Spray with cooking spray and pour enough batter to make fill the waffle iron. Cook until done, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Serve the fried chicken and waffles with hot maple syrup. Cook with soul. Eat with pleasure!