Sauce for Chicken and Waffles

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Sweet and spicy sauce for chicken and waffles is the easiest 2-ingredient recipe ever. Once you taste it, you'll be using it for pancakes and French toast, too!

A white dip cup is filled with seasoned maple syrup for chicken and waffles.

As a midwestern girl who moved to the south over a decade ago, I remember being so excited to try all the classic southern recipes I could find.

Few of them confused me as much as how to eat chicken and waffles at breakfast.

The key?? The secret is all in the sauce that gets served alongside them!

Now this is one of my all-time favorite breakfast orders but making it at home is so much easier than you'd think.

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Why This is the Best Recipe

I remember my jaw just dropping when the waitress at a breakfast diner served this sweet and spicy maple syrup at the table when I ordered chicken and waffles.

It is just so easy and it is so delicious. This is the best sauce for chicken and waffles because:

  1. Just 2 Ingredients: You probably have them both on hand right now.
  2. Sweet and Spicy: My favorite flavor combo, perfect for a sweet and savory dish like chicken and waffles.
  3. Easy to Adjust: Like it extra-hot? Want it super mild for the kids? You can easily tweak this for your family's palette.


The two ingredients for making sauce for chicken and waffles.

Yep, just two ingredients. All you need for this recipe is:

  1. Maple Syrup: I suggest real maple syrup but I'll be honest, we've used Log Cabin to make it, too.
  2. Southern Style Hot Sauce: Our family loves Texas Pete. It's the base for my homemade buffalo sauce, too. But you can use any brand you love.

Make Ahead Tips

You literally just stir the two ingredients together. That's the whole recipe. It takes me less than 30 seconds to prep this for breakfast for dinner when I'm making chicken and waffles.

That said, any time you can cut down on dirty dishes or even a minute of work when hosting a brunch, you should take it.

You can stir together this sauce and store it in a mason jar in the fridge for up to a week.

How to Use the Sauce

A cup of sauce sits on a plate next to a fried chicken tender on a waffle.

The obvious choice is to drizzle this sweet and spicy sauce over chicken and waffles for breakfast or a breakfast for dinner.

However, once I tasted it, I found myself using it over so much more.

You could pair it with homemade buttermilk pancakes (with or without the fried chicken on top!)

It's also great with fluffy french toast or buttermilk waffles, especially if you serve them with peppered bacon or turkey breakfast sausage.

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Looking for more unique sauce recipes to add to a special brunch menu? These easy sauces pair perfectly with chicken and waffles or pancakes:

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A white dip cup is filled with seasoned maple syrup for chicken and waffles.

Sauce for Chicken and Waffles

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Sweet and spicy sauce for chicken and waffles is made from just two ingredients in less than a minute! Keep this handy in your fridge for drizzling over homemade buttermilk pancakes, too.
TOTAL TIME 5 minutes
PREP TIME 5 minutes
YIELD 4 servings


  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon southern style hot sauce like Texas Pete


  • Mix the ingredients together and serve with chicken and waffles. The sauce can be prepared up to a week in advance and store in an airtight container in the fridge.

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The photo collage shows the spicy maple syrup in a cup next to a plate of chicken and waffles.


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