Chicken and waffles is classic Southern comfort food that I’ve made low carb. This recipe is easy to make, especially if you’ve prepped ahead of time, and is so full of yumminess that you’ll think you’re sitting in a country kitchen. It’s a can’t-stop-eating-it dance of spicy, creamy, sweet, salty, crispy, tender goodness. And it’s got just 10 net carbs per gargantuan serving.Jump to Recipe
So after I made this low carb chicken and waffles recipe I sat down to eat it with a cup of coffee. It had been manipulated and photographed until it was cold and a little soggy but, as any food writer will tell you, I get used to eating my food that way. Actually being a mom has been good practice for being a food writer. Neither gets a hot meal.
But I digress.
I sat down with a sigh and pulled the cup of tepid black coffee toward me. I’d warmed it up three times and there was no way I was warming it up again. It probably had enough microwave energy to glow in the dark. I cut into the waffle, making sure to get a bite of chicken and swirled it through the gravy and syrup.
Oh my gosh that was good – even lukewarm.
I was just getting ready for my second bite when I felt eyes on me. Not dog eyes – I’m used to that – human eyes. Looking up I saw my granddaughter looking intently at my plate, actually doing a pretty good imitation of the way my dog looks at my plate.
She nodded hungrily and sat down. I turned away to do something and when I got back to the table my food had disappeared. Usually my family will not eat low carb anything, y’all. I swear she licked the plate.
Low carb chicken and waffles is one of my favorites. It’s hugely filling – to the point that when I actually did get to eat some I was stuffed like a Thanksgiving turkey. I swear I didn’t eat again for a day or so. Plus the benefit to my granddaughter polishing them off the first time is that the second batch I ate was piping hot, so that was a win.
Most people don’t use gravy on their chicken and waffles, I get that. I didn’t used to either but one day we were traveling and I had ordered chicken and waffles (not low carb) at a small cafe. In no time at all the server came out with a huge plate covered with a Goliath sized waffle, a stack of fried chicken strips, and a lake of maple syrup all awash in the richest, spiciest cream gravy I’d ever put in my mouth.
It changed my life, y’all.
So now I add chipotle to my cream gravy and I add cream gravy to my chicken and waffles. If you don’t want to you can leave it out and it will save you one carb. I don’t recommend it though, because you’re giving up SO much yummy flavor and texture.
Trust me. Go with the gravy.
This takes literally seconds to put together for me because I keep the waffles and the chicken in the freezer and the gravy in the fridge. It’s just a matter of assembling it and warming it up.
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Low Carb Chicken and Waffles Recipe
The classic Southern favorite comfort food made low carb. Tender, juicy chicken is given a crispy coating and placed on top of a low carb waffle covered in 0-carb maple syrup. Cream gavy, spiked with a little chipotle, is poured over the top and crispy bacon is crumbled over that. SO unbelievably good!
Cook the bacon until crisp.
Crumble the cooked bacon.
Heat the waffle and the chicken in the oven to keep them crispy.
While the waffle is heating warm the cream gravy and stir in the mashed chipotle.
Place the waffle on a large plate.
Spread with butter.
Pour 0-carb maple syrup over the top.
Place the hot chicken on top of that.
Spoon the hot gravy over the chicken.
Sprinkle the crumbled bacon on the top.
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