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There's so much good stuff happening in this recipe that we can hardly believe it all fits inside this fluffy waffle cone. Check out how to combine chicken nuggets with just the right level of spicy for a mobile snack that's straight out Nashville (home of hot chicken). You've got two hands: double up!

Nashville Hot Chicken and Waffle Cone

Original Recipe

Nashville Hot Chicken and Waffle Cone


  1. Chicken:
  2. 1 pound chicken tenders, cut into 1-inch cubes
  3. 12 ounces peanut oil
  4. Flour:
  5. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  6. 2 teaspoons salt
  7. 1 teaspoon cayenne
  8. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  9. 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  10. Egg:
  11. 1/2 cup buttermilk
  12. 1 egg
  13. Breadcrumbs:
  14. 1 teaspoon salt
  15. 1 teaspoon cayenne
  16. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  17. 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  18. 5 ounces of panko breadcrumbs
  19. 1 tablespoon cayenne hot sauce
  20. Honey Coating:
  21. 3 tablespoons honey
  22. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne hot sauce
  23. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  24. Toppings:
  25. Spicy ranch dressing
  26. 2 scallions, thinly sliced


    For the Waffle:

  1. Plug in the bubble waffle iron.
  2. Prepare the waffle batter according to package directions and whisk together.
  3. Once all clumps are removed, slowly fold in the additional egg whites until the light and fluffy batter is smooth and light yellow.
  4. Generously spray the inside of both sides of the waffle iron with cooking spray. Fill the bubble waffle iron about 70 percent full and close the lid.
  5. Immediately flip the waffle iron over and cook for about 4 minutes until lightly golden.
    For the Chicken

  1. In one large mixing bowl, combine all of the flour ingredients. In another mixing bowl, combine the egg ingredients. In a third bowl, combine all the breadcrumb ingredients, and in a fourth bowl, combine the honey coating ingredients.
  2. Add the chicken a few pieces at a time into the flour mixture. Shake off the extra flour and dip into the egg mixture. Shake off the extra egg and fully coat each piece in the panko breadcrumbs. Put the breaded chicken on a plate and continue until all the chicken is coated and ready to cook.
  3. Heat your largest pan over a medium-high heat and pour in the oil. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken. Don't crowd the pan with the chicken. You will most likely need to cook the chicken in two batches. Cook on one side until golden brown and then flip. Once both sides are golden brown, remove the chicken and put it on a plate. Once all the chicken is cooked, toss it in the honey coating in batches until it is all glistening and lightly coated.
    To Assemble

  1. Fold the waffle to resemble a cone and fill with chicken. Top with a drizzle of spicy ranch dressing and thinly sliced scallions.
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