Thursday, July 6, 2017

Chicken and Waffles Casserole

This is a sponsored post by Challenge butter, but the text and opinions are all mine. Thank you for supporting brands that make Kylee's Kitchen possible!

Does anyone else ever think about how scary it is that we're all so dependent on technology? I've been thinking about it a lot this week as I deal with a broken laptop. Actually "broken" is a generous adjective for the condition my laptop is in -- it's dead.

I wasted hours of time on vacation time trying to fix it. Did you catch that? I wasted VACATION TIME because of a broken laptop. And I'm sure many of you would do the same thing. The unknown of whether it would work or not gave me extreme anxiety. 

I use my laptop to sort through emails, to study and read my textbook, to blog, to edit photos... It's my link to the outside world. Except, somewhere along the way I must have forgotten that I'm actually living in the "outside world," and I don't need a "link" to it because I'm in it!

I realize a lot of our dependence to technology is just a result of the direction the world is moving. And most people have obligations that require the use of technology. So my suggestion to you is that the next time you experience a laptop or computer problem, try to embrace it instead of becoming upset or anxious. Use it as an opportunity to disconnect and channel your energy toward more simple things in life. Learn from my mistakes!

Okay, now someone lend me a hand so I can get down from my soapbox.

I first learned about the "chicken and waffles" combination just a few years ago. Savory, sweet, and an incredible combination of textures. This is definitely a recipe I'd be interested in sharing with friends. But then I think about how I would be stuck in the kitchen serving up waffles while everyone else eats. No thank you. I am already the world's slowest eater. so you don't want me eating last.

That's why I like breakfast casseroles. Make them the night before, pop the whole thing in the oven, and everyone gets to eat at the same time! But wait, chicken and waffles can be turned into a casserole too! And that's exactly what I did.

Let's first talk about the waffles. I made cornbread maple waffles -- great texture and the perfect amount of sweetness. You could absolutely use freezer waffles if you prefer, but I feel like nothing compares to a homemade waffle.

For the fried chicken, I bought popcorn chicken from the freezer section of the grocery store. I chose the popcorn variety because it's already in bite-size pieces. But you can make you own fried chicken, oven fry your chicken, or buy it from your favorite restaurant.

I layered the waffles and the chicken in an 8 x 8 pan with cheese because why not cheese. And then I added a mixture of eggs, milk, maple syrup and spices to hold it together.

It was actually better than I imagined, and the pieces came out of the pan really well!

Chicken and Waffles Casserole
Yield: Serves about 8 people
For the waffles
  • 2 (8.5 ounce) boxes Jiffy corn muffin mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 Tablespoons Challenge butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
For the egg mixture
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 pounds fried popcorn chicken
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
For the waffles
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix Jiffy mix, eggs, butter, milk, maple syrup, and brown sugar until there are no lumps.
  3. Use batter to make waffles; cube waffles and set aside.
For the egg mixture
  1. Combine eggs, milk, maple syrup, chili powder, garlic powder, and dry mustard; set aside
  1. Spray 8 x 8-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray
  2. Add 1/2 of cubed waffles to bottom of pan; layer with 1 pound of popcorn chicken and 1/2 of cup cheese.
  3. Repeat adding the rest of the waffles, chicken, and cheese
  4. Pour egg mixture on top.
  5. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Serve with more maple syrup if desired.

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