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Chicken and Waffle Pops

Serves 8.

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    Chicken and Waffle Pops

    A lightened-up version of the popular chicken- and-waffle trend, these pops are given the Tex-Mex treatment for fun twist. The blender salsa comes together in minutes and is sure to become a refrigerator staple, as it also pairs well with eggs, fish, or roasted vegetables.

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    Tip

    Make these waffles into a hearty brunch, lunch, or dinner by cooking without the skewers and topping with diced avocado, black beans, a fried egg, and salsa.

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    Chicken and Waffle Pops

    Ingredients

    Salsa
    • 14 oz (398 mL) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
    • 1/4 red onion, cut into chunks
    • 1 garlic clove, chopped
    • 1/2 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
    • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) lime juice
    • 1/4 cup (60 mL) lightly packed cilantro, tough stems removed
    • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) sea salt
    • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground cumin
    • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) dried oregano
    • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) chili powder
    • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) freshly ground black pepper
    Chicken Pops
    • 1 organic, boneless, skinless chicken breast (about 8 oz/225 g)
    • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) sea salt
    • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) grapeseed oil
    Waffles
    • 1 cup (250 mL) organic fine yellow cornmeal
    • 1 tsp (5 mL) baking powder
    • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) sea salt
    • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) freshly ground black pepper
    • Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
    • 1/2 red pepper, finely diced
    • 1/3 cup (80 mL) sweet Vidalia onion, finely diced
    • 1 garlic clove, minced
    • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) finely chopped cilantro leaves
    • 1/2 cup (125 mL) grated cheddar cheese
    • 1/2 cup (125 mL) unsweetened almond milk
    • 2 large organic eggs
    • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) grapeseed oil

    Nutrition

    Per serving:

    • calories211
    • protein13g
    • fat8g
      • saturated fat2g
      • trans fat0g
    • carbohydrates23g
      • sugars2g
      • fibre2g
    • sodium451mg

    Directions

    01

    Add all salsa ingredients to food processor and pulse until you achieve a saucy, but still slightly chunky texture, about 8 to 10 pulses. Transfer to serving bowl and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

    02

    To make chicken and waffle pops, start by slicing chicken into strips about 3 in (8 cm) long and 1/2 in (1.25 cm) thick. Season with salt and pepper.

    03

    In frying pan over medium-high heat, heat oil and cook chicken until just cooked through, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to baking sheet, and when cool enough to handle, stick 8 in (20 cm) wooden skewer at least three-quarters lengthwise through each piece of chicken. Set aside.

    04

    Grease square 8 in (20 cm) waffle iron with grapeseed oil, and heat to medium-high heat.

    05

    In large bowl, stir together with wooden spoon all waffle ingredients until well combined. Dollop and spread half the waffle batter over bottom grid of waffle iron. Donu2019t worry if batter does not completely cover waffle grid. Place skewered chicken pieces over batter, letting ends of skewers hang over side of waffle maker. Dollop and spread remaining batter over chicken. Close lid and cook until waffles are golden brown and crisp, about 4 minutes.

    06

    Remove waffles from iron in quarters and cut each quarter in half. Transfer to a serving platter and serve warm chicken and waffle pops with salsa.

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