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Ube Waffles with Crisp Chicken

Filipinos love the combination of sweet, fragrant ube (purple yam) waffles with crispy chicken. I tried to recreate what a famous Filipino restaurant serves and my family loved the homemade version best. First, oven-bake the chicken cutlets. The ube waffles, consisting of ube powder and extract, are made in the waffle maker. Serve the waffles warm with butter and syrup; and the chicken straight from the oven. The baked chicken was inspired by a recipe from A Sweet Chef. The ube waffles are an Asian in America recipe by Elizabeth Ann Quirino. Serves 4.
Cook Time55 mins
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Asian, Filipino
Keyword: Ube Waffles Crisp Chicken
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 456kcal
Author: Asian in America - Elizabeth Ann Quirino


  • Large rimmed baking tray
  • Waffle Maker


For the oven-baked chicken:

  • 8 pieces chicken thighs and legs, bone-in, skin-on
  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • ½ teaspoon paprika powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 whole eggs, beaten
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 ½ cups Panko bread crumbs, or use regular-sized bread crumbs, unseasoned

For ube waffles:

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup ube powder
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¼ cups milk
  • 2 whole eggs, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick Ube-flavored extract
  • ½ teaspoon purple food color (Wilton's), optional

For serving:

  • butter
  • maple syrup


To oven-bake the chicken:

  • Preheat oven to 375 F degrees. Prepare a baking sheet - line with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Set aside.
    Prepare 3 medium-sized bowls. Fill them according to this order:
    Bowl 1 : Flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.
    Bowl 2: Eggs, milk, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.
    Bowl 3 : Panko bread crumbs, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon each of garlic and onion powders.
  • Dredge each of the chicken pieces into the bowls in this order:
    First, Bowl 1
    Second, Bowl 2.
    Third, Bowl 3.
  • Place the coated chicken pieces on the baking sheet. Do not overlap. Lay them side by side, with about 1/2 inch between pieces.
    Bake the chicken at 375 F for about 45 to 50 minutes.
    When done, take out of the oven. Serve warm together with the Ube Waffles.

To cook the Ube Waffles:

  • Grease the inside griddle of the waffle maker with cooking spray.
    Preheat the waffle maker for at least 6 minutes.
    In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients for the batter. Mix well.
  • Using a ladle or a measuring cup, pour about 1/2 cup of the ube batter into the pre-heated waffle maker.
    Close the lid. Cook the waffles for about 5 to 6 minutes. Watch the indicator (if your appliance has one) to see if waffles are cooked.
    Open the lid. Use a pair of tongs or large turner to remove each waffle.
    Repeat the process. This batter makes about 6 large waffles.
  • Serve the waffles warm together with the oven-baked chicken.
    Serve the waffles with butter and maple syrup.

Cook's comments:

  • Cooking time for the waffles will vary depending on the make and model of the waffle maker. Please read the appliance's product manual for information.

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  • Notes on Nutrition: The nutrition information provided  in the recipe links is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and specific brands of ingredients used.
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Serving: 1g | Calories: 456kcal | Carbohydrates: 88g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 499mg | Potassium: 458mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 148IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 244mg | Iron: 5mg