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Sweet and Spicy Chicken and Waffles

Chicken and Waffles from www.jasonscooking.com

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On our recent trip to Walt Disney World, Michael and I decided to try the waffle sandwiches at Sleepy Hollow Refreshments. This place is a small counter-service joint in the Magic Kingdom that is on the Liberty Square side of the castle – it’s easy to miss so keep an eye out for it. We learned of this place from a WDW Radio Podcast and were pretty excited to try it. The great thing about having an Annual Pass is that you get to try hidden places like that because you’re not in a huge rush to do everything.

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Disney Chicken and Waffles

We both got the Sweet and Spicy Chicken Waffle Sandwich and, other than the fact that it’s more of a taco than a sandwich, it was fantastic! The Disney version is a waffle, fried chicken breast in a sweet and spicy sauce, arugula and cole slaw. The combination of Disney Magic, simple ingredients, and a straightforward presentation made the Sleepy Hollow Sweet and Spicy Chicken Sandwich a prime candidate for the blog.

The RecipeRecipe
Sweet and Spicy Chicken and Waffles
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • For the Waffles
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 ½ Cups Buttermilk
  • ¾ Cup Butter, Melted
  • 1 ½ Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • ¾ tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 2 Tbs Sugar

  • For the Toppings
  • 3 Cups Bagged Cole Slaw Mix
  • ¼ Cup Prepared Cole Slaw Dressing
  • ½ Stick Butter
  • 1 Tbs Siraccha
  • 2 Tbs Orange Juice
  • ¼ Cup Maple Syrup
  • 8 Fried Chicken Tenders (I get them from the deli at my grocery store)
  • 1 Green Apple, Cored Sliced
Instructions
  1. Make the Cole Slaw – Toss the cole slaw mix and dressing together in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Make the Chicken – In a small sauce pan, melt the butter, siraccha, orange juice and syrup over medium heat. When the butter has melted and the glaze has warmed through, remove from heat. Using a large bowl, toss the cooked chicken tenders with the glaze and set aside.
  3. Make the Waffles – Preheat your waffle maker and spray it with non-stick cooking spray. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, buttermilk, and melted butter together using a fork. Add all of the dry ingredients at once and mix just until everything is combined. The batter should be about as thick as pancake batter (flowey but not soupy). If it’s too thick, add some milk to thin it a bit. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to make your waffles.
  4. WAFFLES ASSEMBLE! – Stack the ingredients thusly: waffle, 2 chicken tenders, apple slice(s), cole slaw.
Tips and TricksTips and Tricks

Overcook your waffles just a bit to help them stand up to the tasty toppings of this tasty treat.

Feed the FreezerFeed the Freezer

Can I use frozen chicken fingers and frozen waffles for this recipe? Yes you can. Look for home-style or Belgian waffles for the base and then simply whip up a batch of the glaze, toss the chicken, mix up the cole slaw and dinner’s ready! It won’t taste quite the same but it should satisfy your craving.

Fun FactsFun Facts

A lot of people associate Chicken and Waffles with the south but recipes for this unique combination are nowhere to be found in old southern cook books. 1930’s Harlem is who we have to thank for the chicken and waffles we enjoy today.

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Bacon and Cucumber Sandwiches

Temperature375°Time35 mins

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Last year, I started a garden and grew a bunch of vegetables and herbs.  “Bunch” may be a strong word as a lot of stuff didn’t make it due to rabbits and overcrowding.  Apparently those “place x inches apart” notes are important and you can’t grow 2 parsley plants, 2 basil plants, 2 cilantro plants, 2 mint plants, 2 bell peppers, 1 zucchini and 1 squash in a 4’ x 4’ garden bed.  Who knew?

The herbs grew too tall and crowded out everything except for the zucchini and cucumbers but that was because they are vines and grew out of the bed onto the lawn.  Long story short: I had a lot of cucumbers last summer!

Michael doesn’t like cucumbers all that much so the perfect storm that created this sandwich involved him being out of town, a glut of cucumbers, bacon, and me not want to cook.   This lazy dinner became my absolute favorite sandwich ever.  It’s salty and sweet, crispy and soft, hot and cold and embodies summer.  You should try it!

The RecipeRecipe
Bacon and Cucumber Sandwiches
 
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This quick and easy sandwich is a refreshingly sweet and salty taste of summer.
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Recipe type: Sandwich
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 10 Slices of Thick Cut Bacon
  • 2 Cucumbers, Sliced into ¼ inch rounds
  • 8 Slices of Bread, I used Multi-Grain Sourdough Bread
  • 4 Tbs Mayonnaise
Instructions
Cook the Bacon
  1. Place bacon in a single layer on a sheet pan and put into a cold oven
  2. Turn the oven on to 375° and cook for 20 – 30 minutes, or until desired crispness is achieved. Note: This length of time is for thick cut bacon only, regular bacon will take much less time to cook.
  3. Drain bacon on paper towels

Assemble the Sandwich
  1. Each sandwich requires 2 slices of bread, 1 Tbs mayonnaise, approximately ½ of a cucumber, and 2 ½ slices of bacon.
  2. Mayonnaise up both slices of bread
  3. Layer thusly: bread, cucumber, bacon, bread

Tips and TricksTips and Tricks

Don’t be shy with the cucumber or bacon. They’re the stars of this show.

Feed the FreezerFeed the Freezer

No freezing allowed for this tasty summer time sandwich!  Leftover bread and bacon, however, can be frozen.

Fun FactsFun Facts

Cucumbers can provide a similar pick-me-up as caffeine due to them being a great source of Vitamin B and Carbohydrates.