In many world cuisines, spicy and sweet are married on a regular basis, but Americans tend to separate the two as if they were mortal enemies. For this reason, chicken and waffles, particularly the use of hot sauce and syrup to adorn them, is an experience giggling gourmands whisper about amongst themselves. Syrup is a natural accompaniment to waffles, but adding hot sauce seems to trip many newcomers up. The Demon Lover at 900 Grayson takes care of that by bringing the heat not in the sauce but in the batter for the chicken. The chicken breast is soaked in buttermilk and then tossed in a mixture of flour and spices, so as the oil begins to crisp the batter it also lets out the heat. Juicy and crunchy, the chicken shows beginners how sweet and spicy play nicely with each other. Moreover, for chicken and waffle vets, it's an extra kick to go along with the endless dashes of hot sauce that inevitably score the plate.
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