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Chicken and Waffles with TABASCO Maple Syrup

There’s no comfort food like southern Chicken and Waffles. It’s the ultimate combination of sweet and savory. To add even more flavor, these Chicken and Waffles are drizzled with a TABASCO Maple Syrup for a spicy kick.

Chicken and Waffles with Tabasco Maple Syrup


And since I can never get enough spicy flavor, I marinated the chicken in TABASCO Garlic Pepper Sauce before frying it. It not only adds some heat but infuses the chicken with an awesome garlic flavor.

Chicken and Waffles with Tabasco Maple Syrup


With a little less heat than original TABASCO sauce, TABASCO Garlic Pepper Sauce has become one of my favorite things to cook with. It’s made from a combination of cayenne, tabasco peppers, and red jalapeno combined with garlic. It’s milder flavor makes it perfect for adding to things like pizza and sandwiches.

Chicken and Waffles with Tabasco Maple Syrup


I had no idea how many different flavors of TABASCO were available until I visited Avery Island last month. Avery Island is where TABASCO is produced and bottled.

TABASCO sauce has been my favorite hot sauce for as long as I can remember and I was excited to get invited to Avery Island to learn the story behind it.

Edmund McIlhenny first began bottling and selling TABASCO sauce in the late 1860s. Made from just 3 ingredients: aged tabasco peppers, vinegar, and salt mined on Avery Island, TABASCO sauce has a truly distinctive taste.

TABASCO sauce production on Avery Island


What makes TABASCO sauce so unique is the 3 year process used to create each bottle of sauce. The peppers are crushed and mixed with salt and stored in re-purposed bourbon barrels for approximately three years to form a pepper “mash”.

TABASCO sauce production on Avery Island


Next the mash is blended with vinegar for 2 to 3 weeks and then strained and bottled.


TABASCO sauce bottling



TABASCO sauce tasting


In addition to the original TABASCO Pepper Sauce and the Garlic Pepper Sauce, there are also Chipotle, Habanero, Green Pepper, Buffalo, and Raspberry Chipotle Sauces. If you can’t find them in stores, they can be ordered online from Tabasco.com.

Chicken and Waffles with Tabasco Maple Syrup


I love a big plate of Chicken and Waffles. A tender and slightly sweet waffle topped with perfectly seasoned fried chicken is such a fantastic combo. But drizzle it with maple syrup flavored with TABASCO sauce and you have a whole new level of delicious. There’s just something about that sweet and spicy combo that is so pleasing to the taste buds.

Chicken and Waffles with Tabasco Maple Syrup

Find more ways to spice up your food with TABASCO at tabasco.com.

Chicken and Waffles with Tabasco Maple Syrup

Chicken and Waffles

These Chicken and Waffles are drizzled with a TABASCO Maple Syrup for a spicy kick.
PREP: 2 hours
COOK: 10 minutes
TOTAL: 2 hours 10 minutes
SERVINGS: 4 servings



  • 2 pounds chicken tenders
  • 1 cups buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons TABASCO Garlic Pepper Sauce
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup Panko crumbs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons TABASCO Sauce


  • Mix together buttermilk and Garlic TABASCO in a shallow bowl. Add chicken and stir to coat. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
  • Remove chicken from buttermilk and whisk egg into buttermilk. Return chicken to buttermilk and stir to coat.
  • In a pie plate, combine Panko crumbs, flour, seasoned salt, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and white pepper.
  • Pour about 1 inch of oil into a cast iron pan or a Dutch oven. Heat oil to 375 degrees.
  • Remove chicken tenders from buttermilk mixture and coat in Panko mixture. Fry in oil for 6 to 8 minutes, flipping over halfway through. Remove chicken with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel-lined plate.
  • To make waffles, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
  • Separate eggs and place egg whites in a blender. Blend until frothy. Add egg yolks, vegetable oil, milk, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Blend until mixed well. Pour into bowl with dry ingredients and stir until combined.
  • Make waffles according to waffle iron instructions.
  • To make TABASCO Maple Syrup, Whisk together maple syrup, butter, and TABASCO Sauce in a small bowl.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Southern

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23 thoughts on “Chicken and Waffles with TABASCO Maple Syrup”

  1. Excellent! I would make this again without a doubt. I would use the chicken and waffle recipes independently; they both came out perfect. I used regular Tabasco and garlic salt in the milk soak, I didn’t beat the egg whites separately for the waffles and I just served maple syrup , butter and Tabasco on side instead of making the sauce. A++!!!

  2. Sound delicious. I can’t wait to try it. A tip to beginning chefs, read the recipe thoroughly and then read it again. The answers to most of the questions in these comments are in the recipe. TABASCO is the hot sauce.

  3. Denise M Fischer

    This recipe is Bang’in!!!! Its the first time I ever had chicken and waffles and I can tell you this recipe will be on my dinner menu for a long time! Its sooo good!!! I was to lazy to do homemade waffles, so Eggo’s it was, but still, couldn’t beat the taste of that chicken and that syrup!

  4. Instructions #7: what happens to the egg whites after separation and frothing? The instructions mention egg yolks only. Fold into batter? Thank you

    1. add half a lemon to milk and let it sit for 5 minutes and that will make butter milk! My mom in law taught me that trick.
      Going to make this recipe for brunch and I can’t wait! Yummy

  5. This was amazing!!!! However, I only used the waffle recipe and the syrup. I accidentally used buttermilk in place of milk for the waffles…I think it may have been even better with my blunder. But they were great! The syrup is what makes this dish! Sadly, where we live there is no maple syrup, I can imagine it would be even yummier! We have treacle here, palm syrup. It was still delicious! It is just the perfect combination of sweet and savory. Will definitely be making again.

  6. Made this for dinner tonight! Never had chicken and waffles before and this was delicious! The coating on the chicken was nice and crunchy. The syrup was amazing!!! Plan to use it on wings as well…Will become a frequent dish from now on! Thanks so much!!!

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      So glad you enjoyed it Donna! Chicken and waffles really makes a great combination doesn’t it?

  7. I have never had chicken and waffles, but it always looks so tempting. The coating on this chicken looks perfect. And Tobasco maple syrup really feels like something I need to try.

  8. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    This is definitely the perfect comfort food! I can never resist chicken and waffles. And tobasco maple syrup? Genius!

  9. Mary @ LOVE the secret ingredient

    Very interesting look behind the scenes! That syrup sounds absolutely incredible.

  10. Chicken and waffles are amazing here !! Great to Come for brunch with friends. You can bring in your own bottle of liquor. Waiters here are very nice and attendant.

  11. I absolutely love chicken and waffles, they’re the ultimate comfort food! I love the idea of adding the tabasco to the maple syrup too. Such a great idea!

  12. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

    Chicken and waffles are the ULTIMATE in the comfort food department and these look craaaazy delicious, Christin! I am LOOOOVING that Tabasco Maple Syrup! Serious drool session happening over here! Pinned! Cheers!

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