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Sweet and Spicy Chicken and Waffles

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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
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
  • 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
  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.