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Gluten-Free Fried Chicken and Waffles

by Capri Lilly

Make crispy, flavorful gluten-free Fried Chicken with Apple Cinnamon Waffles smothered in a mouth-watering Maple Bourbon Glaze! Chicken and Waffles is a timeless soul food classic and deeply loved comfort food! Enjoy this recipe for breakfast, brunch, or dinner!

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This gluten-free Chicken and Waffles recipe has been long-awaited! I originally shared the recipe on National Fried Chicken Day in July. I asked my IG friends if I should share my crispy chicken and waffles recipe and received a resounding yes!!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Growing up, waking up to the smell of warm cinnamon waffles and crispy fried chicken always indicated a celebration was underway! My mother would have smooth jams serenading the house as my sister and I took turns taking in the glorious scent of our favorite breakfast! When breakfast was ready, my family would gather around the table, sharing in laughter, delicious food, and always good news!

Now as an adult, chicken and waffles always fills me with nostalgia. I’ve now turned my childhood favorite into gluten-free chicken and waffles so that anyone can enjoy them, especially those with gluten sensitivities!

Whether you are sensitive to gluten or not, this recipe is a hit! The flavors are unmatched and the Maple Bourbon Glaze is out of this world! 

Gluten-Free Fried Chicken

If anyone has ever doubted if gluten-free fried chicken tastes as good as chicken made with regular flour, then let me be the first one to say it tastes just a good, maybe even better!

Gluten free fried chicken and waffle dairy free easy recipe

The recipe I am sharing with you makes gluten AND dairy-free chicken and waffles, which makes this recipe allergy-friendly!

Tips for making THE BEST Chicken and Waffles

Making Gluten-Free Fried Chicken

Tip #1: Marinate the chicken!

You can marinate the chicken using buttermilk. For a dairy-free option, create your own buttermilk using non-dairy milk and vinegar. Simply mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar per one cup (8 ounces) of non-dairy milk. (I like to use Almond Milk or Oat Milk). Cover the chicken wings with buttermilk (dairy or non-dairy), seasonings, and allow the chicken to marinate for at least 2 hours in the fridge.

marinate the chicken wings first in non-dairy buttermilk to make gluten-free fried chicken

Tip #2: Season the Flour!

It’s very simple to make gluten-free fried chicken! Simply use Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour instead of Regular All-Purpose Flour! That’s it! I use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Flour.

While making this easy substitute makes this chicken gluten-free, it is the flavors added to the flour that transforms the chicken and makes it taste out of this world! Be sure to season your flour mixture for optimal flavor!

chicken and waffles

To make the Apple Cinnamon Waffles I simply used my Gluten-Free Apple Cinnamon Pancakes Recipe and made them in a waffle maker! Here is the recipe if you would like try it: Apple Cinnamon Pancakes | Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free.

Maple Bourbon Glaze

And of course, it would be a disservice to you if I did not share the Maple Bourbon Glaze with you— trust me, it is finger-licking good!

  • You only need 5 simple ingredients:

  • Butter (vegan or non-vegan)
  • Onion
  • Maple Syrup
  • Bourbon (I use Maker’s Mark)
  • Fresh Rosemary

The Maple Bourbon Glaze takes hardly any time to make. You simply combine the ingredients in a small saucepan and allow it to reduce. Once the Sauce is done, coat each of the wings. Any remaining sauce can be poured over your waffles. If you want more sauce, you can easily double or triple this recipe!

Gluten-Free chicken and waffles recipe

I hope you enjoy this Gluten-Free Chicken and Waffles Recipe as much as I do! If you make it, don’t forget to rate the recipe and let me know what you think in the comments below! Take pictures, tag #goodfoodbaddie, and share it with me on Instagram! I love hearing from you!

Looking for more delicious gluten-free chicken recipes to try? Try these!

The Best Lemon-Herb Chicken Wings

Buttermilk Roasted Chicken

Herb-Crusted Spatchcock Chicken

 

 

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Gluten Free Fried Chicken and Waffles with Maple Bourbon Glaze

Make perfectly crispy gluten-free Fried Chicken with Apple Cinnamon Waffles smothered in a glorious Maple Bourbon Glaze! This is surely a chicken and waffles recipe that everyone will LOVE!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
Keyword: best fried chicken, chicken, dairy-free, fried, fried chicken recipe, gluten free chicken and waffles, gluten free fried chicken, gluten free southern fried chicken, gluten-free
Servings: 4
Calories: 674kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

Chicken Marinade

  • 2 cups Buttermilk (Dairy// or Non-Dairy)
  • 2 lbs Chicken Wing Sections (Party Wings)
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning

Flour Mixture

  • 1.5 cups Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 cup Cornstarch
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

Vegetable Oil, for frying

    Maple Bourbon Glaze

    • 2 tbsp Butter
    • 1/4 White Onion, finely diced
    • 1 cup Maple Sryup
    • 1/2 cup Bourbon
    • 1 tbsp Fresh Rosemary

    Instructions

    • In a large mixing bowl, add cleaned chicken pieces and season with the seasoning under 'marinade ingredients'. Mix well and make sure all the wings are coated in the seasoning. Pour the buttermilk over the chicken wings. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. (If you are using dairy-free buttermilk, follow the instructions in the notes below.)
    • Remove the chicken from the fridge. Set a rack over a baking sheet and place the chicken wings on a rack to drain any excess buttermilk. Allow the chicken to come to room temperature, about 30 minutes.
    • In a gallon-sized Ziploc bag or shallow dish, combine all of the ingredients for the gluten-free flour mixture. Make sure it is mixed thoroughly
    • In a large skillet, cast iron, or Dutch oven pour in 1-2 inches of vegetable oil and heat it until it reaches 350°F. Line a baking sheet with paper towels and set aside.
    • Working with one piece of chicken at a time, place the chicken in the flour mixture, making sure all sides are evenly coated. (gently tap off any excess flour). Place the chicken in the oil and cook for about 7-9 minutes on each side (turning once), or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of each chicken reads 160°F. (Fry up to 4 pieces at a time.)
    • Remove the chicken from the oil and transfer the chicken to the paper towel-lined baking sheet. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before serving.
    • Coat the Chicken in the Maple Bourbon Glaze and serve over waffles!
    • Enjoy!

    Maple Bourbon Glaze Instructions

    • In a medium-sized saucepan, melt butter over medium low heat.
    • Add diced onion and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and stir.
    • Let the mixture simmer for 10 minutes as it reduces, stir occasionally.
    • Enjoy!

    Notes

    • Non-Dairy Buttermilk = 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar + 1 cup Non-Dairy Milk (I use Almond Milk). Let it sit at room temperature for 10 minutes, then use.
    • For the glaze, be sure to use pure maple syrup, like this one.
    • To make the Apple Cinnamon Waffles I simply used my Gluten-Free Apple Cinnamon Pancakes Recipe and made them in a waffle maker! Here is the recipe if you want to try it: Apple Cinnamon Pancakes | Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free.
    • If you do not have a gluten-sensitivity or intolerance, you can follow the recipe as it is and use regular flour instead of gluten-free flour. 
    Store any leftover chicken in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 5 days. For best results, rewarm the chicken in the oven at 350°F for 5-7 minutes. 

     

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    59 comments

    Jess December 29, 2020 - 2:37 am

    5 stars
    I love chicken and waffles. These apple cinnamon waffles are everything!

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    Capri Lilly December 29, 2020 - 5:32 pm

    So glad you like!

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    Robin Sparks January 10, 2021 - 11:07 pm

    5 stars
    I just got a new waffle iron so I was happy to try this recipe out. So fluffy good! The chicken was equally as amazing.

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    Capri Lilly January 11, 2021 - 5:44 pm

    Hi Robin! I am happy you enjoyed the recipe!

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    Patty at Spoonabilities December 29, 2020 - 4:39 am

    5 stars
    OMG I can’t even find the right words to give this the justice it deserves. So I’ll make it simple: THIS IS AMAZING!

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    Capri Lilly December 29, 2020 - 5:32 pm

    Thank you!! I am so happy you enjoyed the recipe!

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    Beth December 29, 2020 - 5:20 am

    5 stars
    My daughter is going to love this recipe! I can’t wait to give this a try! Looks so delicious and tasty!

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    Capri Lilly December 29, 2020 - 5:32 pm

    Hi Beth! I hope you enjoy!

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    Kate January 6, 2021 - 7:40 pm

    5 stars
    The chicken turned out extremely juicy! Thanks for such a wonderful recipe! Definitely making these again!

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    Capri Lilly January 7, 2021 - 5:45 am

    Hi Kate! I am happy you enjoyed the recipe!

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    Renia January 8, 2021 - 4:46 am

    5 stars
    Why I never thought of soaking my meat in vegan buttermilk until now is beyond me. This recipe is loaded with helpful tips that aided in making this gluten-free fried chicken and waffles everybody-friendly!.

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    Capri Lilly January 8, 2021 - 6:54 pm

    Hi Renia! I am glad you for the post helpful! && yes vegan buttermilk works just as well as regular buttermilk! 🙂

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    Britney Brown January 11, 2021 - 5:48 am

    5 stars
    The cinnamon waffles with the crispy fried chicken was SO freaking delicious! I made this for brunch today and my husband and I devoured this!

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    Capri Lilly January 11, 2021 - 5:45 pm

    So glad you liked it! It’s the perfect brunch meal!

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    Crystal DaCruz January 11, 2021 - 1:54 pm

    5 stars
    These chicken and waffles were delicious! I didn’t miss the dairy or gluten one bit!!

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    Capri Lilly January 11, 2021 - 5:45 pm

    Yess! That is what I like to hear! I am happy you enjoyed the recipe!

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    Kaluhi January 11, 2021 - 1:57 pm

    5 stars
    Aplle cinnamon are always a match made in heaven and now combining with this maple syrup you developed? FREAKIN HEAVENLY!!! Heavenly bite after the other!

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    Capri Lilly January 11, 2021 - 5:46 pm

    🙂 !! I am happy you enjoyed the recipe! The Maple Bourbon syrup is my fav! It’s great on salmon too!

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    Eric & Shanna Jones January 11, 2021 - 4:26 pm

    5 stars
    You had us at maple bourbon glaze! The chicken was amazingly tender, and the waffle was the perfect complement.

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    Capri Lilly January 11, 2021 - 5:46 pm

    Thank you, Eric and Shanna!

    Reply
    Taneisha January 11, 2021 - 7:14 pm

    5 stars
    This recipe was such a hit in our home! Everyone loved them and they were so very easy to make! Loved it, thanks so much!

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    Capri Lilly January 12, 2021 - 12:27 am

    Hi Taneisha! You’re so welcome! I am happy you all loved the recipe!

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    Chenée Lewis January 12, 2021 - 6:50 am

    5 stars
    I love chicken and waffles, but these apple cinnamon waffles made this absolutely next-level! Add to that the maple-bourbon glaze and I have a new favorite brunch recipe!

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    Capri Lilly January 12, 2021 - 4:40 pm

    YAY! I am so happy you enjoyed the recipe!

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    Jazz January 13, 2021 - 4:46 pm

    5 stars
    This was perfect for Sunday brunch at home and we didn’t miss the gluten at all lol. Thank you!

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    Tamara January 13, 2021 - 9:06 pm

    5 stars
    My family and I devoured these waffles! They were so fluffy and moist! Then the chicken, wow! We are definitely adding this to our brunch rotation.

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    Capri Lilly January 13, 2021 - 9:46 pm

    Hi Tamara! So glad you liked!!

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    Beth Sachs February 2, 2021 - 7:56 pm

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    Capri Lilly February 2, 2021 - 8:20 pm

    It truly is! I like to make a bit extra to pout over my waffles too! So so good!

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    Lilly February 2, 2021 - 8:00 pm

    5 stars
    Yummy! I loved this recipe! I can’t wait to give this a try again!

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    Capri Lilly February 2, 2021 - 8:20 pm

    Hi Lilly! I am so happy you enjoyed the recipe!

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    rika February 2, 2021 - 8:25 pm

    5 stars
    This chicken and waffle recipe is loaded with my favorite spices! And I love how it uses gluten-free flour!

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    Can’t beat this comfort food classic! Served this for dinner last night and it did not disappoint; the whole family loved it!

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    Hi Sara! I am so happy you and your family enjoyed the recipe!

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    I didn’t think it was possible to make chicken and waffles gluten-free. But this recipe is amazing! A huge hit, even with those who aren’t gluten-free!

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    Yes! It’s gluten-free and still gives you crispy flavorful fried chicken! I am so happy you enjoyed the recipe!

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    Nar August 29, 2021 - 12:03 pm

    Hi! This recipe looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it. I was wondering if you’ve attempted cooking the chicken in an air fryer instead and been successful with how it turned out?and if so how long do you recommend I cook the chicken for to get the same crisp? Thank you!

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    I have and it turns out great! The recipe is on my site 🙂 https://goodfoodbaddie.com/crispy-air-fryer-fried-chicken-gluten-free-dairy-free/

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