Here, 5 excellent waffle recipes with fried chicken recipesto match.

By F&W Editors
Updated June 27, 2017

It's not clear exactly why someone first decided to pair fried chicken with waffles, though Wikipedia suggests it may have something to do with Thomas Jefferson's buying a French waffle iron.

Regardless, there's no denying the magic that these two crispy, golden-brown foods create together. Here, 5 excellent waffle recipes with fried chicken recipes to match.

1. Cornmeal and Ricotta Waffles with Polenta-Crusted Fried Chicken
These rich cornmeal waffles have a lovely sweet flavor that complements the chicken's polenta crust.

2. Almond Waffles with Almond-Sesame Fried Chicken
Nutty, crispy waffles call for nutty, crispy fried chicken.

3. Gluten-Free Fried Chicken and "Rye"-Raisin Belgian Waffle Bread
This duo is completely gluten-free.

4. Crispy Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Light and Crispy Waffles
Both chicken and waffle here get richness from buttermilk.

5. Yeasty Waffles and Maple-Chipotle Hot Wings
These eggy, sweet waffles are the perfect vessel for spicy wings drizzled with maple syrup.