"One waffle." If that phrase doesn't bring sorrow to your heart, you may not have a soul. It's a sad thing to have a single lonely leftover waffle. Sure, you could reheat it and eat it, but it just doesn't feel right to eat one waffle, now does it? Fret not... solitary waffles have friends, too... chicken! Chicken and waffles are BFFs, a favorite combo all over the USA. These balls transform that once-desolate waffle into a teammate on a squad of scrumptiousness.
Chicken & Waffle Balls
-1/4 cup milk
-1 Tablespoon honey or maple syrup, plus more for serving
-1 teaspoon seasoned salt, divided
-1 teaspoon fresh-ground pepper
-1 lb. ground chicken
-2 cups panko bread crumbs, divided
-2 Tablespoons butter, melted
Whisk the milk together with 1 Tablespoon of honey or maple syrup (the syrup will give the balls more of a waffle-reminiscent taste, but I prefer honey), black pepper and 1/2 teaspoon of the seasoned salt. Tear up the waffle and add to the milk. Let soak for 5 minutes. Add the chicken, egg and 3/4 cups of bread crumbs and mix well. Combine the remaining bread crumbs and seasoned salt on a plate. Roll the chicken mixture into Tablespoon-size balls and roll in the bread crumbs. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 425ºF for 25-30 minutes, brushing with melted butter after 20 minutes, until golden brown. Serve warm with honey or maple syrup.
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