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Chicken & Waffle Redux

This is my Third Round Entry for the Marx Foods Ridiculously Delicious Challenge.

The rules for round 3 are as follows:

“For Stage 3 the 15 top vote-getters will “make over” the recipe of their choice from any of the other 15 top vote-getters, except their own. In their post, they must also specify which recipe would have been their second choice for a makeover.The contestants whose recipes are the 8 most made over will advance to the next round. (to be clear, by making over someone’s dish, you are voting for them to advance to the next round).  Also, two of the contestants who did the best job making over their chosen recipe will also advance to the next round (as judged by Marx Foods). If there is a tie in the number of times a recipe is made over, or if fewer than 8 recipes are chosen to be made over, the tally of “second choice” comments will be used to determine additional contestants. If there are still fewer than 8, Marx Foods will choose additional contestants.For the make-over, contestants must use 3 of their remaining surprise ingredients (not including the two they used for their own original recipe). Contestants should feel free to interpret “makeover” inclusively, as long as the made over dish relates in some obvious way to the original. Make over the dish by going high-end with it … or by making it rustic. Twist the flavor profile, re-imagine it, or reinterpret it. Make it your own.”

After quite a bit of of soul searching, I decided on remaking Eats Well With Others Oven Fried Tepin Chicken and Waffles, re-imagining their wonderful creation as a warm salad on top of spicy rice waffles. My Second choice ended up being Leslie Uhl’s Coconut Creamy Bread Pudding in which I reworked it into a Cherry and Mixed Berry Charlotte – you can find That recipe HERE.

First up,

Savory Tepin Chili and Fresh Herb Rice Waffles
Makes 4 Waffles
1/2 Cup Rice
2 Teaspoons Tepin Chilies
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1/2 Cup Rice Flour
1 Egg
3/4 to 1 Cups Milk
1/4 Cup Chopped Parsley
1/4 Teaspoon Salt

Cooking Spray
Medium Sauce Pan
Belgium style Waffle Iron

  • Preheat the waffle iron
  • On medium heat, toast the rice and chilies in oil until the rice begins to color
  • Add water and cook through.
  • Drain the rice and set aside
  •  In a mixing bowl, add the rice flour, egg, milk baking powder and soda and mix well
  • Add the parsley and cooked rice
  • Mix and adjust with a little more milk if the batter is too thick
  • Spray the iron with cooking spray
  • Place about 1 cup of the mix in the iron and close the lid
  • Let the waffle cook until steam no longer escapes (about 5 minutes)
  • Remove and keep warm on a rack in the oven

Note: The waffles don’t hold exceptionally well (they tend to toughen up after some time sitting) so do them at the last moment to insure a crispy result


Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad
Serves 4
2 8 ounce Chicken Breast or Thighs (boneless and skinless)
1/4 Cup Pecans – Finely Chopped
1/4 Cup Panko
1 Egg – Beaten
1/4 Cup Sugar Snaps Peas (Blanched and Chilled)
2 Cups Field Greens
Salt and Pepper to taste
Large Skillet

  • Place the skillet on medium heat with the oil
  • Mix the pecans and panko on a plate
  • Season the breast with salt and pepper and Dredge in the beaten egg
  • Roll the breast in the nut mixture and saute on medium heat until golden brown on both sides
  • Drain on paper towels
  • Cut into julienne strips

And the Dressing:

Tart Cherry and Dill Pollen Vinaigrette
1/4 Cup Dried Tart Cherries
3 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Teaspoons Dill Pollen
1/2 Cup Honey
Water as needed to thin
Food Processor

  • Add all the ingredients to the chopper and process until smooth


Place 2 quarters of waffle on a serving plate and top with spring greens and the julienne chicken
Drizzle the dressing over the top


  1. @DeniseThanks Denise! it was super tasty (and seems I am super allergic to dill pollen)BTW – Congrats on the advance to round 4!

  2. Congratulations! Your tart cherry and dill pollen vinaigrette sounds amazing! I can't wait to try it on a fresh arugula salad. Round 4 should be interesting. Good Luck!

  3. @kitaThanks Kita! The vinaigrette was by far the tastiest thing about the dish – it pulled the other 2 parts together

  4. @islandeatThanks Dan! It seems this round gets even tougher… I think I'm probably out after seeing the other entries

  5. @The Happy WhiskI realized it after it was published.. I've corrected it… Thanks for the heads up !The chicken was particularly tasty.. That sweet savory dressing on the salad is a winner!

  6. Toby, your reinterpretation is very clever and your dishes look so tasty. Good luck in the contest.Thanks,Dan

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