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Happy Hour! Mini-Chicken and Waffles

For my new cookbook - A Perfect 10 Party Edition - I threw a bunch of parties - and put together a playbook for seven different themed parties, including Top Ten recipes for each party that you can pick and choose from to make your party planning and hosting a breeze. I included a few cocktails, a few appys, some heartier fare, and several dessert options for each party. Oh - and I include some game and activity ideas!

One of my favorite chapters and party menus is my Helluva Happy Hour! Happy Hour is the perfect time to make a bunch of fun, often naughty, finger foods. Through calorie counting and preciseness out the window. Here's a recipe I love to wow my Happy Hour revelers with - Mini Chicken and Waffle Bites!

Mini Chicken and Waffles: In a large bowl, combine one pound of boneless chicken breast strips, cut into small nugget-size pieces, along with 1/2 cup of sour cream, 1/2 teaspoon each of garlic powder, onion powder, and smoked paprika, zest of half of a lemon, and a pinch of Kosher salt and black pepper. In a shallow dish, scatter five cups of crushed corn flakes, and then stir in one tablespoon of chopped rosemary, one tablespoon of olive oil, and a pinch of Kosher salt and black pepper.

Coat the nuggets in the cereal mix, and place each coated piece on a sprayed baking sheet. On a separate baking sheet, spread out 24 frozen mini waffles. Bake both pans at 450 degrees for about 15 minutes. While cooking, in a small bowl mix together 6 tablespoons of butter with the other half of the lemon's zest, another tablespoon of chopped rosemary, and pinch each of Kosher salt and black pepper.

When the waffles come out of the oven, slather with the lemon butter. Place the waffles on a platter with a nugget placed on top. Drizzle with warmed maple syrup and a drizzle of hot honey.


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