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Vegan Chicken and Waffles

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  • Author: Lexi
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Serves 6-8 1x


We present to you: the BEST ever vegan chicken and waffles, made with crispy fried cauliflower, mashed potato waffles and hot maple syrup. Hands down the best vegan brunch you'll ever have!




  • 1 large head of cauliflower, broken into smaller florets
  • 6-8 cups of neutral, high-heat oil (vegetable, canola or peanut)


  • 1 1/4 cups unsweetened vegan creamer
  • 1/4 cup melted vegan butter
  • 3 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp of hot sauce*
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup gluten free all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot starch
  • 1/2 tbsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp paprika


  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cup coarse ground cornmeal
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning blend
  • 2 1/2 tsp salt
  • ½ tbsp poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp onion powder
  • 3/4 tsp ground black pepper

Mashed Potato Waffles:

  • 5 lb. peeled Yukon gold potatoes, diced
  • 2/3 cup vegan butter
  • 2-2 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped chives
  • 1 cup vegan cheddar cheese

Hot maple syrup:

  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce*



  1. Break up head of cauliflower into evenly-sized florets. 
  2. In a deep dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. 
  3. Whisk together all ingredients for batter. 
  4. Add all ingredients for breading to food processor and pulse a few times until it comes together. 
  5. Dip cauliflower in batter, coat well, and shake off excess batter. Coat in breading, making sure to evenly coat entire exterior. 
  6. When the oil is ready (about 350˚F), fry 5-6 pieces at a time until crispy and golden brown. It takes about 5 minutes for each batch, but it's best to just judge by the color.
  7. Remove using tongs or a long slotted spoon and transfer to a cooling rack lined with paper towel. Repeat until all cauliflower is cooked. 

Mashed Potato Waffles:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil (12 cups water) with 1 tbsp of kosher salt. Meanwhile, start pre-heating waffle iron. 
  2. Add potatoes to boiling water and cook until fork tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and return to pot or a large bowl. 
  3. Mash with butter, salt and pepper, then stir in chives and cheese. 
  4. Add mashed potatoes to waffle iron heated to medium and cook for about 10 minutes, until the exterior is golden brown and crispy. When the waffles are ready, carefully remove and let cool on a cooling rack. 

Hot maple syrup:

  1. In a saucepan, whisk together maple and hot sauce over low heat until just heated through. 
  2. Pour oven waffles topped with fried cauliflower and enjoy!


*We used Frank's Red Hot

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Brunch
  • Method: Frying
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 838
  • Sugar: 22.5 g
  • Sodium: 2446.7 mg
  • Fat: 30.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 9.1 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 129 g
  • Fiber: 13.8 g
  • Protein: 13.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 14.9 mg