Bourbon Chicken & Waffle Bites

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Posted on by Julia Bryant


It’s Derby Time! If you are getting out the wide-brimmed hats and getting ready for the races, it’s surely for the Kentucky Derby. We’ve made a go-to appetizer that transforms the classic comfort food, Chicken & Waffles, into a boozy hors d’oeuvres your guests will love.

Our homemade Neversweat Cinnamon-Apple Waffles are the perfect base for these spicy chicken tenders especially when finished with Brown Sugar- Bourbon syrup. Mmmmmm…

Here’s what you’ll need:

Waffles –  Follow this recipe (makes 4 waffles).




Frozen Chicken Strips

1/4 C. Red Hot Sauce

1/8 C. Olive Oil

1 tsp. Cajun Seasoning

1/8 C. Real Maple Syrup



1 Cinnamon Stick

1/2  C. Neversweat Bourbon Whiskey

1/2  C. Brown Sugar

1/4 C. Water


Follow directions on Chicken Tender package and preheat oven to directed temperature. In a shallow bowl place Red Hot Sauce, Olive Oil, and Maple Syrup. Whisk. Place chicken tenders into the bowl and cover them with the sauce then, place on a tray. Sprinkle Cajun seasoning over all the chicken pieces.  Place the tray in the oven.

While the chicken is baking, make your waffles. The recipe should make 4 waffles. Cut your waffles into small bite-sized pieces ( around 64 pieces ). Once your chicken is done, cut into small bite-sized pieces ( you’ll want 32 ).  Then make your layered bites ( waffle, chicken, waffle) and use a toothpick to hold it all together.

Take a small saucepan and add your cinnamon stick, whiskey, brown sugar, and water to the pan. Stir continuously on high until it boils. Lower heat to low and continue to stir until the mixture thickens.

You can reheat your chicken and waffle bites in the oven at 350 until warm. Serve with a side of your syrup so guests can dip! And enjoy the 2-minute race.

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