Sweet and Spicy Chicken with Pumpkin Waffles

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. Cook: 35 min.


6 servings

Updated: Jul. 06, 2023
Whether you’re indulging for brunch or dinner, these chicken and waffles do it all. The Sriracha syrup adds a special touch, but maple syrup would do the trick too. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho
Sweet and Spicy Chicken with Pumpkin Waffles Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 12 chicken tenderloins (about 1-1/2 pounds)
  • 12 bacon strips
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 to 4 teaspoons Sriracha chili sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a small bowl, mix salt, onion powder and paprika; sprinkle over chicken tenders. Wrap each tender with a strip of bacon; tuck ends under. In another small bowl, mix brown sugar and chili powder. Roll each wrapped chicken tender in sugar mixture, pressing to adhere.
  2. Place a wire rack over a foil-lined baking sheet; place chicken on rack. Bake until chicken is cooked and bacon is crisp, 20-25 minutes.
  3. Preheat waffle maker. For waffles, in a large bowl, mix flour, pie spice, salt and chili powder. In a small bowl, combine buttermilk, brown sugar, pumpkin, oil and egg until blended. Add to dry mix; stir just until moistened. Bake waffles according to manufacturer’s directions until golden brown.
  4. Meanwhile, place Sriracha syrup ingredients in a small saucepan. Heat until butter is melted and sauce is heated through, stirring occasionally. Serve waffles with chicken and warmed syrup.

Nutrition Facts

2 chicken tenders with 1 waffle and about 1 tablespoon syrup: 547 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 115mg cholesterol, 1325mg sodium, 70g carbohydrate (49g sugars, 2g fiber), 37g protein.