Protein waffles and air-fried chicken meet to create this macro-friendly, easy healthy breakfast. Use this recipe to impress your friends or significant other, or to just eat breakfast like a boss. With 44 grams of protein per serving and less than 400 calories a serving, is there an even better way to start your day?
How to Make This Recipe
This dish can be made using simple, store-bought ingredients or taken up a notch with added seasonings and homemade waffle batter. Psst.... waffle mix is super easy to make, it's just flour, baking powder, and a dash of sugar.
Start with the batter. Grab a box of your favorite protein pancake and waffle mix or create your own using any whole-grain mix and a scoop of your favorite protein powder. We used Kodiak Cakes, and buttermilk power cakes.
Follow the package ingredients and blend until the batter is thick, but not runny or lumpy. Stir in any seasonings for more flavor. I like a combo of cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and vanilla. You can also add lemon zest for even more kick.
Tip: add even more protein to the batter with egg whites and fat-free milk.
Then the magic happens. Spray your air fryer with cooking spray. Dip the chicken in the waffle batter to create a thick coating and add to the fryer. Cook at 360 degrees for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
Don't have an air fryer? You can pan-sear the battered chicken in a non-stick pan, coated with spray. Make sure to sear all sides until the batter is fully cooked. It will look more like a fat pancake than fried chicken, but tastes just as delicious!
Add the remaining batter to pre-heated waffle iron and cook through. One cup of mix should be enough to make two medium-sized waffles and one piece of battered chicken.
Then plate and enjoy!
What to Serve this With:
Take this dish up a notch with your favorite healthy toppings. Try one of the following:
- Sugar-free syrup
- Fresh fruit
- Melted peanut butter
- Sugar-free whipped cream
- Turkey bacon