NYDN – Which comes first? The chicken or the waffle? Now you don’t have to decide. Meet Popeyes’ latest carb-stuffed creation: Chicken and Waffle tenders. It’s exactly what it sounds like. Boneless white meat chicken dipped in waffle batter, then deep-fried and served with a honey maple dipping sauce. Seems like a no-brainer that’s been waiting to happen, but for Popeyes, it’s quite a big departure from the norm. The company has built a nationwide brand by staying true to its Louisiana roots. The sweet and salty combination of chicken and waffles is seen as a West Coast treat, popularized by restaurants like Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles. Chicken and waffles started appearing on the same plate at the Well’s Supper Club in Harlem, N.Y., according to NPR. Well’s was a hot place for jazz musicians of the 1930s to grab a bite after their gigs. By the time these musicians dropped in, it was too late for dinner and too early for breakfast. So Well’s served a combination platter of chicken and waffles, soon becoming popular with the likes of Sammy Davis Jr. and Nat King Cole.
Gotta love Popeyes cutting right to the chase on this one. Why have chicken and waffles when you can just have chicken waffles in one bite? They’re also gonna start serving watermelon flavored purple drank and collard green flavored grits. Buy an extra value meal and it comes with menthol cigarettes dipped in cognac. Lets just combine as many things black folks like into single items.
I gotta tip my cap to Sammy Davis and Nat King Cole on this one. I had chicken and waffles for the first time like last year. Being the pasty racist mick that I am, I never thought to order a dish like that in a million years. Anyway for some reason one day I got it and goddam that shit is delicious. I feel like you could make all sorts of dishes “…& Waffles” and it would be legit as fuck. Waffles are just thick, tasty, carb filled goodness. After those first couple bites of fried chicken and waffles in syrup I saw the light. Its like the food equivalent of “Once you go black you don’t go back.” So count me in for some Popeye’s Chicken Waffle Tenders. Whether you eat the items separately or together, the result is the same – you end up pissing fire out of your asshole. But goddam its gonna be delicious on the way down.