BYTE THIS: LAY’S Do Us A Flavor Chicken & Waffles Squared (C+W√)

Yeah… I know it’s been a while since I’ve blogged… Social Media has taken over my life instead but this was something I just felt I NEEDED to share. When LAY’S announced their extremely hyped Lay’s Do Us A Flavor campaign Facebook was buzzing with the most interesting flavors from my friendslist. INSANE flavor ideas from the most experienced Chefs to home cooks to the most unlikely candidates for this competition (Thanks Christopher Cooley for pointing out the Newport & Kool Aid flavored ones… DORK!)… hell I even bit & submitted three flavors. Once the highly anticipated three finalists were about to be announced on February 12th, by the 5th news leaked out what the three winning flavors for the $1,000,000 win were. Chicken & Waffles, Sriracha & Cheesy Garlic Bread.

Once I saw Chicken & Waffles was one of the finalists I fell OUT!!!! I often eat sweets with a side of potato chips to balance the sweet & the savory, especially chocolate which is way too rich for my palate (chocolate flavored chips is one of the flavors I submitted).

Since the announcement those that managed to get their hands on the extremely coveted AND hard to find flavor… the reviews were very mixed. The main complaint I found was that people, whether they liked the flavor or not, all admitted it didn’t at all taste like chicken. I LOVE my best friend Chef Betty Fraser’s (of Grub Restaurant & Top Chef Season Two fame) “Potato Chip Chicken” so I thought well if it’s more chicken flavor you want more chicken flavor you get if you coat some chicken in crumbled up pieces of the chips…. right? NUH DOIFFY!

After hunting down eight… count it EIGHT stores (two of them I hit the next day)! I FINALLY got my hands on some. I bought 3 flavors.

The chicken & waffles were hands down my favorite. Being that I am a massive bacon lover I opted for the BLT instead of the cheesy garlic bread… while I liked the other flavors the BLT not so much! It was like powdered liquid smoke. I can’t stand liquid smoke! The Sriracha was surpringly tangy, not very spicy but my red headed roomie Megan almost choked from the spiciness… white people. I would crush it up though & put it on baked Mac n Cheese.

The syrup flavor on the chicken & waffles were the standout. Reminded me of this maple powdered sugar my friend Nadia G of (Cooking Channel, Food Network Canada & Food Network UK’s) Bitchin Kitchen introduced me to.

I wouldn’t say it tasted anything like chicken but the savory seasoning was on point in contrast to the sweet syrupy flavor that’s why I decided to go ahead & crush it & put it on the chicken.  Also being on the sweet side eating a couple of chips is more than enough. I can down a whole bag of Lay’s Classic or Salt & Vinegar so just a couple of chips were satisfying. It’s not a flavor I will die without once they discontinue it in May… but between now & May I will grab a bag every time I hit the store

What came about is my favourite chicken & waffles recipe since my Popeye’s Chicken & Waffles Cupcakes (featured in the popular website Cupcakes Take the Cake).

Here’s what I did:

Lay’s Chicken & Waffles Squared Recipe


  • 6 cups of of whole Lay’s Chicken & Waffles Chips
  • 6 tbs of butter, melted
  • 2 cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 8 Chicken Tenders
  • Goya Complete Seasoning
  • Black Pepper
  • Creole Seasoning
  • Herbes de Provence

Chicken Instructions:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees
Fill a 3 cup mini food processor, twice, or fill up a 12 cup food processor halfway. On the pulse setting crush the chips.

In the microwave melt butter for 1- 1 minute & 30 secs.
Add minced garlic into melted butter, allow to cool slightly.
In a baking dish season chicken tenders with the last four seasoning.
Dip chicken into melted butter & garlic mixture.

Pour crumbled chips on paper towel lined plate & dip chicken into the chips.

Place the chicken on an aluminum paper lined baking sheet.

Bake for 15 mins.
Remove from oven & let rest for 4 minutes.

Serve with a side of waffles & enjoy! (Hello Kitty Waffles of course for me)

Waffles Recipe:

  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 3/4 Cup Whole Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tbs Sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • Butter Flavored Cooking Spray

Waffle Instructions:

Preheat waffle iron.

In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs with a fork until fluffy.

Add in rest of ingredients & beat with a fork until all mixed.

Spray waffle iron with cooking spray & cook according to waffle iron’s directions.

Keep warm in oven until ready to serve.

The smell of the chicken from the maple flavor baking almost made myself & three of my guests pass OUT! I hope if you ever get your hands on one of these sought after chips, you’ll give this recipe a try & enjoy it as much as we did! Now onto create more recipes with other Lay’s flavored potato chips… eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek! #savechickenwaffle & VOTE!


Now THAT is some seriously creative cooking Manouschka! :)
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