Food Truck Frenzy: Korean Fried Chicken and Waffle Skewers

By Erika on October 14th, 2013 / / 8 Comments

Korean Fried Chicken and Waffle Skewers The Hopeless Housewife

I am a BIG food truck fan, you find food from these kitchens on wheels that you wouldn’t find anywhere else. We are not talking the food trucks of yesteryear (yes, I just said yesteryear, I have turned into my parents)…some of these food trucks you see these days are innovators of cuisine–mashing up flavors from around the world that you would never imagine together, like kimchi in a burrito. Who would’ve thought that people would line up blocks away to get their hands on these creative creations? Well, they do. And I am one of those people.

Whenever I eat something creative like this I am left to wonder…”How can I make this at home?”. Where are these food truck recipes? The answer is nowhere really…so I went to work putting together a list of foods I would make if I had my own food truck (don’t think I didn’t seriously consider this for a minute… wrapped with “The Hopeless Housewife” logo all over it and me in my apron cooking up fun foods inside…then I came back to reality). I decided to have a week-long series with food truck inspired recipes of my own.

I am starting my Food Truck Frenzy week with something I could eat everyday. It’s a spin on Fried Chicken and Waffles…but with Korean Fried Chicken and mini waffles that fit on a skewer…(meat on a stick!). Get ready to be wowed with these Korean Fried Chicken and Waffle Skewers…do yourself a favor and skip making homemade waffles and use a mix (although I did include a yummy waffle recipe if you are in the mood to cook that much). The Korean Fried Chicken is really the star here…it’s tender, crispy, sweet and spicy. Serve with butter and syrup for the waffles and you have yourself some fun party food your guests will not soon forget!

Yield: 8-10 skewers

Food Truck Frenzy: Korean Fried Chicken and Waffle Skewers

Food Truck Frenzy: Korean Fried Chicken and Waffle Skewers


For the sauce:

  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 2" piece peeled ginger
  • 5 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 5 tbsp. Korean chile paste
  • 2 1/2 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. Asian sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. honey

For the chicken:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • Canola oil, for frying
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 1 1/2" chunks

For the waffles:(You could use a pancake mix and make it easy on yourself or follow my recipe below.)

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup melted butter or oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • wooden skewers


Start chicken.

  1. Whisk flour, cornstarch, and water in a medium bowl. Add chicken; toss. Set in refrigerator.

Start sauce.

  1. Add all ingredients for the sauce in a food processor (I use a mini-prep for this amount). Heat sauce over medium heat in a heavy sauce pan and stir. Cook until it turns a little darker in color. Add 1/4- 1/2 cup water if sauce is too thick. Set aside.
  2. Heat 2" of oil into a large pot. Heat over medium-high heat until a thermometer reads 350˚.

Start waffles.

  1. Heat a waffle iron (I used a mini waffle maker I found on Amazon- they are perfect for skewers like this!). Whisk all ingredients for the waffles together and aside while you cook the chicken. While the chicken is frying, I make the waffles.

Fry Chicken.

  1. Working in batches, fry chicken until golden, 5-6 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Bring heat back up to 350˚ after each batch. Toss cooked chicken in sauce.

Cook waffles.

  1. Brush vegetable oil over hot waffle iron on both sides and immediately pour waffle batter into iron. Cook until golden brown. Lift waffle out of iron and repeat. Cut waffle into 4 pieces (unless you used the mini waffle iron).

Assemble skewers.

  1. Put one piece of chicken, then a waffle piece, followed by another piece of chicken and another waffle on the skewer. Finish with another piece of chicken at the top. Serve with melted butter and syrup to dip waffle in....mmm mmm good!


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  • Deb says:

    Tried several times to Pin, but the pic wouldn’t come up 🙁
    How about a Food Truck category on your Pinterest acct? 🙂

    • Erika Erika says:

      Hi Deb, my webmasters are working on this problem! Thank you for bringing it to my attention! I just pinned it with my pin app onto my “delicious” board if you want to repin from there…so sorry! PS a food truck board is a great idea! I may just start that later today!

  • These are the cutest things I have ever seen! And they look so delicious. I’m pinning this immediately – can’t wait to try the recipe!

  • LaLa says:

    Thank you so much for sharing!!!
    I will definitely consider this the next time I have friends over!

  • Daphne says:

    Is this a type of recipe that could be prepared ahead and served later?

    • Erika Erika says:

      Hi Karen, I would not make these ahead of time, waffles tend to get tough and hard after sitting. You could try to do the chicken but it would be tough as well. Let me know if you make it!

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