HYPEBEAST Eats... Fried Chicken Waffle Sandwich by The Iron Press

The scientific theory that proclaims ‘opposites attract’ surely holds true in more realms than just Earth’s universal laws of physics. In desperate times, the taboo pairing of two unacquainted items can result in an awakening, life-altering experience. Just ask any stoner preparing a late night snack with little to no cooking skills and a keen imagination. Possibly the best example to an unusual pairing of dishes can be seen in the American diner favorite, chicken and waffles. The combination of a soft, sweet waffle and a crispy, savory piece of fried chicken adjoins two time specific meals, breakfast and dinner, that are still sanctioned by outdated etiquette. Although this succulent meal’s origin is difficult to pinpoint, it was likely made famous during the height of the New York jazz scene at the first half of the 20th century. Musicians like Miles Davis and Thelonius Monk would order chicken and waffles at breakfast to make up for the dinner that was missed the night before while jamming at a local club. The addition of a waffle not only satisfied a breakfast requirement but it also served as a replacement to the warm piece of bread that usually accompanied the golden, soul food favorite. Taking this rarely offered comfort dish to new heights, California-based restaurant The Iron Press, known for taking conventional sandwiches and replacing the bread with a buttery waffle, presents a unique take on the jazz era favorite. Focused on dishing out fresh ingredients from the local community, The Iron Press Fried Chicken Waffle Sandwich consists of a slowly marinated, fried chicken breast topped with coleslaw, then placed in between a scrumptious waffle and served with jalapeno maple syrup. Advancing our popular HYPEBEAST Eats… series, the Carnegie Deli of the waffle press showcases the process behind creating its best selling dish.

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The scientific theory that proclaims ‘opposites attract’ surely holds true in more realms than just Earth’s universal laws of physics. In desperate times, the taboo pairing of two unacquainted items can result in an awakening, life-altering experience. Just ask any stoner preparing a late night snack with little to no cooking skills and a keen imagination. Possibly the best example to an unusual pairing of dishes can be seen in the American dinner favorite, chicken and waffles. The combination of a soft, sweet waffle and a crispy, savory piece of fried chicken adjoins two time-specific meals, breakfast and dinner, that are still sanctioned by outdated etiquette. Although this succulent meal’s origin is difficult to pinpoint, it was likely made famous during the height of the New York jazz scene during the first half of the 20th century. Musicians like Miles Davis and Thelonius Monk would order chicken and waffles at breakfast to make up for the dinner that was missed the night before while jamming at a local club. The addition of a waffle not only satisfied a breakfast requirement but it also served as a replacement to the warm piece of bread that usually accompanied the golden, soul food favorite. Taking this rarely offered comfort dish to new heights, California-based restaurant The Iron Press, known for taking conventional sandwiches and replacing the bread with a buttery waffle, presents a unique take on the jazz era favorite. Focused on dishing out fresh ingredients from the local community, The Iron Press Fried Chicken Waffle Sandwich consists of a slowly marinated fried chicken breast topped with coleslaw, then placed in between a scrumptious waffle and served with jalapeno maple syrup. Advancing our popular HYPEBEAST Eats… series, the Carnegie Deli of the waffle press showcases the process behind creating its best-selling dish.

Photography: Brandon Shigeta

Ingredients
  1. 01 Buttermilk Soaked Chicken Breast
  2. 02 Fresh Jalapeno Maple Syrup
  3. 03 Herbs and Spices
  4. 04 Light Cilantro Vinaigrette Coleslaw
  5. 05 Panko Crust Batter Mix
  6. 06 Beer Infused Waffle Mix
Step 1
Ingredients from left to right :
Buttermilk Soaked Chicken Breast, Fresh Jalapeno Maple Syrup, Our Blend of Herbs and Spices, Light Cilantro Vinaigrette Coleslaw, Panko Crust Batter Mix, Beer Infused Waffle Mix.
Step 2
The hand sliced chicken breast is seasoned with our herbs and spices, tenderized, and then soaked for several hours.
Step 3
Quickly hand dust the chicken breast immediately after pulling it out of the buttermilk with a healthy dose of batter to get in all the nooks and crannies.
Step 4
Lay the chicken breast flat into the fryer, carefully not over cooking the meat in order to maintain the juices in the breast while repelling as much oil out as possible leaving you with crispy, yet still light tasting goodness.
Step 5
Pump out just the right amount of waffle mix and quickly flip the waffle press over to create pockets that will leave the waffle more airy.
Step 6
Let the waffle sit until golden brown, leaving you with a crisp product.
Step 7
Slice the waffle down the middle and place the fried chicken breast on one half of the waffle.
Step 8
Lay down a generous amount of coleslaw to add some crunch to the sandwich.
Step 9
Stab the sandwich on each end with frilly toothpicks to make sure everything stays in place and then slice the finished sandwich in half to make it easier to chomp on.
Step 10
Garnish with a bit of lightly salted, pan-fried fresh sage, drop a side of jalapeno maply syrup to add some zing to dish, and enjoy with an frosty cold glass of beer!

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