These amazing carnivore chicken waffles (chaffles) are super crispy and easy to make with only three ingredients! Or four, if you add cheese!
This chicken chaffle recipe isn’t just great as breakfast or snack: Making chaffles with a protein base ensures they are super filling and nutritious so you can enjoy them as a proper meal. It’s basically eggs and chicken flour!
Make chaffles without cheese
If you eat dairy-free or carnivore without cheese, you can make these chaffles recipe without cheese added!
In this recipe, the CH at the beginning of waffles can stand for either CHeese or CHicken. So you can leave the cheese out and still have a proper chaffle 🙂
Without cheese these chaffles have a crispier texture (yes, even crispier than your regular cheese chaffles) So, so good!
With cheese added, the waffles are softer and chewier – but still quite crispy. If you can, just try both and choose how you prefer them!
The taste difference: the dairy-free chaffle tastes a bit more like chicken, as the cheese isn’t there to help dilute the flavor. Honestly, it’s not a major difference.
If you enjoy the taste of chicken (and don’t care for cheese) you’ll certainly prefer these chaffles without cheese.
I like cheese (maybe too much) and am not a great fan of chicken, so whenever I make these I go with the cheese version. And I melt extra cheese on top after they are ready. Yeah, what can I say.
For this simple carnivore keto waffle recipe you’ll only need 3 or 4 ingredients (you can choose to make with or without cheese):
- Large eggs, at room temperature
- Butter – use grass-fed salted butter, or use unsalted butter and add a pinch of salt
- Shredded mozzarella: Optional. You can also add another cheese that melts easily, like Gouda, Colby or Monterey Jack.
- And chicken flour!
The keto and carnivore friendly chicken flour is the special thing about this chaffle recipe!
I use my homemade dehydrated chicken powder, a recipe that you can easily do without a dehydrator. You just need chicken breasts, a food processor and a simple oven!
If you’d rather not make it, you can just buy carnivore chicken flour here.
How to make
These chicken waffles are super easy to make! In a regular sized waffle iron like mine the batter makes two large waffles.
I don’t have a Dash mini waffle maker, but I think it will probably make (at least) double the amount. You can scale the recipe up or down as you like it!
1. Melt salted butter in a bowl. Add two large eggs and whisk them together.
2. Add the chicken flour and shredded cheese (if using) over the beaten eggs and butter.
3. Mix well all ingredients and let sit for a couple of minutes to thicken while the waffle iron preheats.
4. Grease the waffle iron with butter. Give the chicken chaffle batter another quick mix and spoon it onto the hot plates. This recipe makes two large waffles.
5. Cook the chaffles for 3-5 minutes until golden. Don’t open the waffle machine to check until steam stops rising from the sides, or the waffles might break.
Setting temperature in the waffle maker
Not all waffle machines have a temperature setting. Mine does, and I tested making these chicken waffles at two different temperatures to see if the results were any different.
At 375 °F (190 °C) the chaffles were golden and crispy in 3 minutes, and at 350 °F (175 °C) they were done in 5 minutes. There was no discernible difference in taste, texture or appearance.
In conclusion, the only difference is the time it takes for the waffles to get ready.
You can add a variety of spices and herbs to make this keto chicken chaffle recipe suit your tastes. It’s easy to make these work for you, they are so versatile!
Here are eight ideas of flavor variations to get you going:
1. Herb and Garlic Chaffles:
Mix in chopped fresh herbs like parsley, cilantro or green onions for a fresh and aromatic flavor.
Add minced garlic or garlic powder for a savory kick.
2. Buffalo Chicken Chaffles:
Incorporate some hot sauce or buffalo sauce into the batter for a spicy, tangy flavor. One teaspoon to one tablespoon, depending on the spiciness of the sauce you choose.
Include crumbled blue cheese for a classic buffalo chicken wing taste.
3. Taco Chaffles:
Season the batter with taco seasoning or a mixture of cumin, chili powder, and paprika for a Mexican-inspired twist.
Top it up with sour cream, guacamole, chopped green onions, and shredded cheddar cheese.
4. Italian Chicken Chaffles:
Add Italian seasoning, oregano or some fresh chopped basil leaves to the batter for an Italian twist.
You can also mix in a spoonful of pesto sauce to the batter, or add some chopped sun-dried tomatoes for a Mediterranean flair.
5. Curry Chicken Chaffles:
Spice up your chaffles with curry powder, turmeric, and a pinch of cayenne for a bold and aromatic taste.
6. Mushroom and Swiss Chaffles:
Sauté mushrooms in butter until they’re soft and mix them into the batter.
Add shredded Swiss cheese and a dash of Worcestershire sauce for a rich, earthy taste. (Or just top the whole thing with this keto mushroom sauce!)
7. Bacon and Cheddar Chaffles:
Include crispy bacon bits and shredded cheddar cheese: an epic classic combo!
You can sub the mozzarella in the recipe for cheddar, or make a half mozzarella half cheddar mix.
8. BBQ Chicken Chaffles:
Incorporate about one tablespoon of barbecue sauce into the batter for a smoky and sweet taste. Or, just top the waffles with some BBQ sauce before serving.
How to serve chicken chaffles
These are great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. At any time, really! They are super healthy and nutritious, and full of protein. You’re basically eating chicken and eggs! Or chicken, eggs and cheese!
Chicken waffles for breakfast or lunch
These chicken waffles are great to take with you as a on-the-go breakfast or lunch. They are easy to pack and enjoy at the office, school, or in the car.
For breakfast the chaffles themselves are enough and go down deliciously with some coffee. Some bacon strips to accompany are a good idea.
Top your chicken and waffles with a fried or poached egg for an extra layer of flavor and creaminess! (I do love a runny yolk over these chaffles…)
Although they are on the savory side, you can’t really taste much chicken in them. So if you’d like to add some syrup (like maple syrup or a sugar-free syrup if keto or low-carb) you should go for it!
Chicken waffles for dinner
Topped with a creamy sausage or mushroom sauce or gravy these simple chaffles transform into a hearty meal! It’s comfort food at its finest!
We had a lovely dinner another day of chaffles topped with this amazing creamy mushroom sauce. We usually make it for steaks, but it’s just to die for on top of waffles as well!
Imagine the crispy savory waffle and the meaty mushrooms infused with butter and mustard… the creamy rich sauce enveloping the chicken chaffles in flavorful decadence. I shouldn’t be thinking of this right now, it’s past midnight 😂
They are amazing with some brisket and keto gravy too, by the way!
And of course, you can just top them up with fried chicken. Redundant? Maybe. But definitely worth it!
These are best hot out of the irons, but if you have leftovers keep them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Reheat in the microwave (they will be a little less crispy) or in a toaster oven or air fryer to retain the crispy texture.
Chicken Chaffles Waffles
- Whisk together the melted butter and eggs, add the chicken flour and mozzarella (if using) and mix until fully combined.
- Preheat the waffle maker as per the manufacturer's instructions. Let the batter sit for about 2 minutes while it preheats. The batter will thicken.
- Grease the waffle iron with some butter as needed, quickly mix the batter again and pour or spoon onto the hot waffle machine (it makes 2 medium/large waffles).
- Cook the chaffles for 3-5 minutes until golden. Don't open the machine to check until steam stops rising from the sides, or the waffles might break.
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