Thursday, March 9, 2017

Chicken and Waffles Casserole

Chicken and Waffles Casserole - 
Say goodbye to boring breakfast with this easy, kid friendly, chicken and waffles casserole. From www.bobbiskozykitchen.com
Chicken and Waffles Casserole -  Say goodbye to boring breakfast with this easy, kid friendly, chicken and waffles casserole. From www.bobbiskozykitchen.com

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Did you know that March is National Frozen Food Month? Yup, it is, so I really wanted to come up with something tasty, easy to make, and kid/family friendly for y'all. 



As Mini Me and I cruised the frozen food aisle our minds started working, and ideas started to fly. We were yelling them back and forth to each other. The other people shopping must have thought we were crazy, or playing some bizarre foodie version of Marco Polo that they had never heard of.

At one point I was in the breakfast food area, and she was in the meat/entree area, and we both yelled out Chicken and Waffles.

No joke, we do this a lot, it kinda creeps people out.

So we both decided that chicken and waffles was the direction to take this dish, but plain ol' chicken and waffles? Yawn, booooring. 

Nope, we needed to make this something different.

Since I am the Queen of making pretty much anything into a mac and cheese, or casserole of some kind, I knew that a casserole was what was getting ready to go down.

Chicken and Waffles Casserole -  Say goodbye to boring breakfast with this easy, kid friendly, chicken and waffles casserole. From www.bobbiskozykitchen.com

Chicken and Waffles Casserole -  Say goodbye to boring breakfast with this easy, kid friendly, chicken and waffles casserole. From www.bobbiskozykitchen.com

I have to admit that I had been tossing this idea around in my head for quite some time. But for some reason I never thought to utilize frozen food. I guess part of me felt like using frozen food would be "cheating", but y'all don't want recipes that have a kabillion ingredients and steps, and take forever to make.

No, you want delicious food, that is easy to make.

I also remembered that, when I first started my journey to eating better, I had been told by a nutritionist to stick to the outer edges of the grocery store when I was shopping.

Why?

Well, what is on the outer edges?

Produce
Meat
refrigerated foods
frozen foods

And before you say that frozen food isn't the way to go, which was kinda my reaction at first too, let me tell you a few great things about the things you can find in the freezer.

Chicken and Waffles Casserole -  Say goodbye to boring breakfast with this easy, kid friendly, chicken and waffles casserole. From www.bobbiskozykitchen.com

Real food, just frozen (Duh right?) but what I mean is that it is food that is preserved at the peak of freshness. 

You can find portions and packaging that don’t leave anything to waste. I really hate wasting food. Just ask my family. They aren't huge on leftovers, but they know Mom flips out when they end up in the trash.

Or, if you want to try out a new cuisine, you can find chef inspired, restaurant quality meals for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

I always have frozen fruit and veggies on hand, as well as a few single serving meals for the Mr or Mini Me on the nights that I don't cook, or for lunch if I haven't packed anything.

Chicken and Waffles Casserole -  Say goodbye to boring breakfast with this easy, kid friendly, chicken and waffles casserole. From www.bobbiskozykitchen.com

Actually it was a bit difficult to get this casserole made. Not that the recipe or ingredients make it difficult. No, it was difficult because Mini Me kept trying to eat the chicken and waffles before I could get them into the casserole!!

I would say kid - but she is almost 25.

She still wants to lick the beaters, or the bowl, or the spoon, and is always in the background ready to pounce and grab some of whatever I am making.

I can't complain though. I am just happy she enjoys what I make and, if I cook, she gets to do the dishes!

Chicken and Waffles Casserole -  Say goodbye to boring breakfast with this easy, kid friendly, chicken and waffles casserole. From www.bobbiskozykitchen.com

So, here we are, gazing at the deliciousness that is a Chicken and Waffles Casserole.

I of course used Eggo waffles. Why? Because they are convenient and delicious with no artificial colors or flavors. And because they are a brand that I have enjoyed for years, my kids grew up eating them. "Leggo my Eggo" was heard from my kitchen on many a morning!

Everyone loved this casserole, including the G-baby. So it is definitely family/kid friendly.
Now, go hit that frozen food aisle and check out all of the awesome things you can find there!! Oh, don't forget to pick up the popcorn chicken and waffles so you can whip this up for your family too 

Chicken and Waffles Casserole -  Say goodbye to boring breakfast with this easy, kid friendly, chicken and waffles casserole. From www.bobbiskozykitchen.com

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Chicken and Waffles Casserole

Bobbi Burleson
Chicken and Waffles Casserole


Say goodbye to boring breakfast with this easy, kid friendly, chicken and waffles casserole.

Ingredients

  • 1 (24-ounce bag) popcorn chicken, cooked according to package directions
  • 8 Eggo homestyle waffles, toasted and cut into cubes
  • 6 large eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup half and half
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh cracked pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease a 9 x 13 casserole dish (or, for a deep dish type casserole, use 7 x 11 casserole dish).
  3. Layer half of the cubed waffles in the bottom of the dish, then top with half of the popcorn chicken. Repeat with the remaining waffles and chicken.
  4. In a medium bowl whisk together the eggs, half and half, maple syrup, sriracha sauce, salt, and pepper, until combined. Pour the egg mixture evenly over the chicken and waffles.
  5. Allow the casserole to sit for 30 minutes to allow the waffles to soak up the egg mixture.
  6. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, or until the custard is set. If the top begins to brown too much, cover it with tin foil. 
  7. Allow to cool 10 minutes before serving.
  8. Serve with maple syrup.
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 35 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 25 mins.
Total time: 60 mins.

Nutrition


  • Calories: 346
  • Totalcarbs: 34
  • Fat: 16
  • Protein: 16
  • Sodium: 538

Tags: chicken, waffles, casserole, breakfast, brunch, easy recipes, kid friendly


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44 comments:

  1. This looks so good! It might be my next cheat meal!

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    1. Oh yes!! If you want to realllllllllllllly cheat, feel free to add some shredded cheese to the mix :)

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  2. Hmmmm. I never would have thought to put chicken and waffles together. It sounds good, though :)

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    1. We love a breakfast/brunch casserole :) I hope you give it a try!

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  3. Now I've heard everything!! I love one pan meals so this is freaking awesome!!

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    1. We love them too. Thanks so much for your kind words!!

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  4. I love breakfast food. This has me super excited to try!

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    1. Yay!! I know you will love it and it is sooo easy to make!

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  5. These meals look so quick and easy. I'll have to try them out sometime. Thanks.

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  6. This sounds like absolute heaven! My husband would love this. I will be coming back to this recipe for sure!

    -Tristan
    www.thepolishedposy.com

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  7. At last, my weekend will be complete. I love waffles since I was a kid and this time no more hot dogs. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. This looks mouth watering...I love chicken recipe and will definitely try this. Thanx for the recipe

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  9. What a great recipe! It looks like the ultimate, tasty, comfort food. Plus I love that it's simple enough to make on a hectic weeknight. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It is total comfort food! I am so glad you like it.

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  10. I honestly never thought about making a chicken and waffles casserole before! I think it's brilliant and it's also easier than cooking stuff separately!

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    1. Thanks so much Elizabeth! I love tasty and easy :)

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  11. What I love about casseroles is that you just throw everything in a tray and that's it. I love how this turned out! It looks amazing!

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  12. Yum! I love a great breakfast casserole but this has to be the best one I've seen! So unique and creative but still with the classic flavors that I love. Genius! You cannot go wrong with chicken and waffles!

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    1. Thanks so very much Sharon! I agree that you can never go wrong with chicken and waffles :)

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  13. Yum! I know what I'm cooking for dinner!

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  14. Such an interesting and good recipe!Seems also easy to do,I must try!

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  15. I live in SC and chicken and waffles is a big thing here though I've never tried it. I'm sure its good but two flavors I'm not sure I want to mix. Richard B

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    1. I was suuuuper skeptical for the longest time, but I really think you would enjoy this casserole. My daughter is the picky one and ate it for lunch almost 2 weeks in a row LOL

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  16. I would have never thought to put chicken with waffles. Interesting. It does look good. I will give it a try.

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  17. Looks super yummy. I must try this recipe.

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  18. The Chicken and Waffles Casserole dish looks so delicious. My kids love waffles I'm sure they will love this meal!

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    1. My daughter LOVES it so I hope your kiddos do as well Glenda :)

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  19. Bobbi, this looks absolutely tasty and delicious. The recipe looks pretty easy to follow and affordable. This will definitely suit me as a student with a tight, tight budget!

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    1. We know how it is with a tight budget, so I love to come up with tasty recipes that won't kill your wallet :)

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  20. Oh my god, this looks amazing. I never knew this could even be a dish. I need to try it.

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  21. This is such a great idea, never thought of making chicken and waffles as a casserole!

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  22. I never would have thought to make it a casserole what an interesting idea!

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  23. You had me at chicken and waffles!! Making it into a casserole -- yum!! I can't wait to try this!

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    1. If you like chicken and waffles you will LOVE this :)

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  24. That looks so yummy!!! Will surely try it out!!

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  25. Wow your recipe is so delectable its very hard to resist! I'll pass this to my Momma and hopefully she will prepare it for me this weekend :)

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  26. Love chicken and waffles - what a cool casserole idea! Would southern gravy on top be overkill?

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    1. You will never hear this girl say no to gravy!! 😉

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  27. I never thought of making chicken and waffles into a casserole. This looks amazing. I'll pin for later!

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    1. Thanks so much Michelle! I hope you love it like we do!

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  28. I was looking for a way to use up some leftover frozen waffles that I had as well as some fried chicken. I follow a Paleo diet, but was able to easily tweak this to suit my needs. It turned out so delicious! It was a great way to use leftovers as well so cheap and easy to put together!

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