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The Best Air Fryer Chicken and Waffles

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Air Fryer chicken and waffles are the ultimate comfort food. A crispy coated chicken that is paired with waffles. Sweet and savory in each bite of this air fryer chicken recipe. Drizzle with some maple syrup and dive in.

A plate of Chicken and waffles.

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Do you enjoy the pairing of chicken and waffles? If so, give this version a try. The air fryer cooks the chicken perfectly, giving it a super crispy coating, with tender and juicy meat on the inside.

Why This Air Fryer Chicken and Waffles Recipe Is A Hit…

  • Quick Prep on the chicken.
  • I used chicken breast for a boneless chicken option.
  • You can use homemade waffles or use a waffle batter.
  • Healthier than deep frying or pan frying the chicken in oil.
  • The crust of the chicken is crispy but uses minimal oil.
  • Drizzle with syrup and grab a fork and knife and slice into it!

What Do I Need For This Southern Chicken and Waffles

Ingredients for chicken and waffles in individual containers sitting on a white countertop.
  • Boneless Chicken
  • Corn Starch
  • Flour
  • Nature’s Seasoning
  • Waffle batter (I used packaged waffle)

How To Make Chicken And Waffles

The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.

Collage of coating the chicken breast in a flour mixture and cooking the waffle in a waffle iron.
  1. Start by using a mallet and pound out the chicken to flatten it. Then cut into 4 cutlets.
  2. Mix dry ingredients in one bowl and whisk up the egg in another bowl. Dredge the chicken dry, then dip in the egg, and back in the flour. (Photo 1)
Collage of assembling the chicken and waffles.
  1. Place the chicken in the air fryer, and cook as directed. While the chicken is cooking, work on making your waffles in your waffle iron. Follow the directions on your waffle maker. (Photos 2, 3 & 4)
  2. To assemble, place the waffle on a plate, top with chicken and another waffle if you want, and drizzle with syrup. (Photo 5)
A plate of Chicken and waffles with yellow cloth and a small bowl of maple syrup on the sides.

Recipe Tips and Variations

  • Season the flour with any of your favorite spices when it comes to fried chicken. Season salt, salt and pepper, etc.
  • Add a little milk to the egg when you whisk it up, for a even coating of wet on the chicken.
  • Make sure that your chicken fully cooks in the air fryer. Depending on thickness of chicken will vary in how long it takes to cook.
  • You are welcome to use frozen waffles you reheat, if you do not want to make your own homemade waffles. I prefer making my own for the fluffy texture.
  • You can use bone-in chicken or tenderloins in replace if you would like. Just cook the chicken accordingly.

Storing Tips

If you do not eat all your chicken or waffles right away, they store. You can refrigerate any leftovers you might have. Just place in airtight containers and store in the fridge. I recommend storing the chicken and waffle separately from each other.

You can also freeze both the waffles and the chicken. Store in the freezer for 3-4 months long. Then thaw in the fridge overnight, or reheat it straight from being frozen!

Chicken and waffles sitting on a white plate drizzled with maple syrup.

Recipe FAQs

How do know when chicken is done?

Chicken needs to reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees. To ensure your chicken is fully cooked use a meat thermometer to check the thickest part of the chicken. If you use bone-in chicken make sure to not touch a bone, as it will give a false reading.

Why is my chicken not browning up?

Air frying is different than other methods. Spritz the chicken with cooking oil and it will help take the coating and give it a golden brown color. If you need to spritz the chicken with oil a few times as it cooks to get it golden and crispy.

Can I use cooking spray in the air fryer?

t is recommended to not use cooking spray in the air fryer. The spray can eat the enamel off of the air fryer tray. It is recommended to buy an oil mister where you pour oil into a spray bottle and mist the food you are cooking or trays.

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Chicken and waffles drizzled with maple syrup.
4.75 from 28 votes

The Best Air Fryer Chicken and Waffles


Author: Kim Schob
Course: Air Fryer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Yields 4 Servings
Serve up this sweet and savory air fryer chicken and waffles. 

Ingredients 

Chicken fillets:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • ½ cup (64 g) of corn starch
  • ½ cup (62 ½ g) of flour
  • 2 tablespoons of nature’s seasoning
  • 2 eggs

Waffles:

  • 2 ½ cups (591 ½ g) of waffle mix
  • 1 ½ cups (354 ⅞ g) of water

Instructions

  • Pound the chicken breasts using the flat side of a cleaver or kitchen hammer. Pound breast to 1/2” thick. Cut breast into 4 fillets.
    2 chicken breasts
  • In a bowl, mix flour and cornstarch with natures seasoning. In another bowl, beat the eggs
    1/2 cup of corn starch,2 tablespoons of nature’s seasoning,2 eggs,1/2 cup of flour
  • Coat the fillets in flour mix, then egg wash and then back into the flour mix.
  • Spray air fryer basket with oil and place fillets in basket. Spray fillets with oil.
  • Cook fillets on 380°f for 12-15 minutes. Make sure chicken internal temp reaches 165°f
  • Flip fillets and cook for 3-5 to crisp breading.
  • Let fillets rest and cook.
  • Mix water and pancake mix to create waffle batter. Using waffle iron, pour batter and cook. Make sure batter is evenly dispersed.
    1 1/2 cups of water,2 1/2 cups of waffle mix
  • Assemble the fillets between two waffle squares, coat with warm syrup and devour!

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1Servings Calories: 475kcal (24%) Carbohydrates: 55g (18%) Protein: 35g (70%) Fat: 12g (18%) Saturated Fat: 3g (19%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g Monounsaturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 212mg (71%) Sodium: 581mg (25%) Potassium: 721mg (21%) Fiber: 5g (21%) Sugar: 1g (1%) Vitamin A: 482IU (10%) Vitamin C: 2mg (2%) Calcium: 316mg (32%) Iron: 5mg (28%)

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22 Comments

  1. Honestly, after seeing this? We purchased an air fryer :-p thanks for sharing! Once its delivered here? We will definitely try these!

  2. They finally have air fryers here in Japan, I saw it yesterday. I have to buy it and try this recipe out!

  3. Love this air fryer recipe, save and will try it as I just got myself an air fryer. Cheers Siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com

  4. Wow! Really love the presentation. The food looks really delicious. Aside from chicken is my favorite food, the recipe itself is easy to follow. Thank you for this wonderful sharing????

  5. I have always wanted to try making chicken and waffles at home. I didn’t even realize that you could make this from an air fryer. Thank you for this recipe!

  6. 5 stars
    This looks like a fun recipe. I don’t have a separate air fryer but I have 2 appliances that say they can air fry. I will have to check this out!

  7. How interesting – I never heard of air frying before. And the result looks amazing…because you’ve arranged it so beautifully 😉

    1. 5 stars
      Oh, Renata, you need to get yourself an Air Fryer soon. Many recipes are made with them, and they are effortless and delicious! I hope you enjoy it when you get an Air Fryer, and thank you for stopping by!

  8. 5 stars
    I don’t have an air fryer yet but I’m planning to buy one. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I will try to make this on Sunday when my mom arrives.

  9. Oh my, I want to try this. Ever since we got our air fryer, I’ve been challenging myself by trying different recipes. This looks easy. And I love chicken and waffles.

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