Classic Chicken & Waffles

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


6 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
A down-home diner special gets weeknight-easy with the help of rotisserie chicken. Want 'em even faster? Make the waffles ahead and freeze till dinnertime. —Lauren Reiff, East Earl, PA
Classic Chicken & Waffles Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1-1/4 cups 2% milk
  • 2 cups coarsely shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Sliced green onions, optional


  1. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until smooth; gradually whisk in broth and milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Stir in chicken; heat through. Keep warm.
  2. Preheat waffle maker. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk together eggs, milk and melted butter; add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened.
  3. Bake waffles according to manufacturer’s directions until golden brown. Top waffles with chicken mixture and, if desired, green onions.

Classic Chicken & Waffles Tips

Why do people eat chicken and waffles together?

In America, people have been eating chicken and waffles together for generations. It was first seen in the Amish/Pennsylvania Dutch communities. The Dutch brought the waffle over from Holland and early Americans found it was the perfect vessel for stewed chicken and gravy. The sweetness from the waffle balances with the savory chicken, plus all those deep waffle pockets are perfect for pooling up gravy (or syrup!).

What goes with chicken and waffles?

It's pretty much a meal in itself, but there are plenty of recipes that go with chicken and waffles. Try them with mashed potatoes, stuffing, or French fries.

Do you put syrup on chicken and waffles?

This recipe is delicious on its own that all that velvety chicken gravy, so you can skip the syrup here. But for the version that uses fried chicken, you’ll definitely want to douse it in golden maple syrup. Research contributed by Maggie Knoebel, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

2 waffles with 2/3 cup chicken mixture: 488 calories, 23g fat (13g saturated fat), 154mg cholesterol, 981mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 24g protein.