spicy chicken + doughnut

NATIONAL DOUGHNUT DAY!!! Yea. Seriously. It’s THE national day for celebrating our most favorite food: the doughnut. <— Yea, we spell it the old fashion way. 

So, it’s time to give the doughnut some love that’s always and only been given to the waffle: CHICKEN. Crispy, deep fried, juicy chicken. Now, add in a little spicy kick, the extra crunch of jalapeño + radish, and give it a bed of a sweet, powdery doughnut. 

Yes, we made the doughnuts below, but – HEY! – it’s National Doughnut Day. That means you can actually get FREE doughnuts at several different shops today. No joke. 

Move over waffles! It’s doughnut day, baby!


serves 6

Inspiration for Crispy Chicken from this blog


8-12 chicken tenderloins

6 cups vegetable oil

1 jalapeño pepper, sliced

2 radishes, sliced

6 plain doughnuts

1/2 powdered sugar



1 egg

½ c milk

½ c chicken broth

1¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

¼ tsp garlic powder

¾ c flour



1 c flour

1 tsp salt

1 Tbl paprika

½ tsp pepper

½ tsp garlic powder


–Spicy Syrup–

⅔ cup real maple syrup

¼ cup water

¼ cup ketchup

1 Tbl apple cider vinegar

2 tsp chili powder

½ tsp salt

½ tsp sriracha 


In a small saucepan add syrup, water, ketchup, vinegar, chili powder, salt, and sriracha. Whisk. Bring to a simmer and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.

In a medium bowl, make the batter. Whisk together egg, milk, chicken broth,salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Then whisk in flour. Whisk, whisk, whisk!

In a pie plate, combine breading ingredients and mix.

Create a setup that allows for an assembly line-like process. Dip chicken in batter and then roll in breading and completely coat.

Heat oil in a heavy bottom pot. While oil heats, sprinkle a little extra breading over the chicken. 

Prep a cooling station with a baking rack on top of a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Fry four tenders at a time. Fry until golden brown and cooked through, about 4 minutes.

Removed chickens from the oil and let it sit on the rack in your cooling station. 

Assemble the chicken and doughnuts. First, coat chicken tenders with the spicy syrup. Dust the doughnut with powdered sugar. Sprinkle with the chopped pepper and radish and top with two chicken tenders. 

Sweet. Spicy. Fluffy dough. Crunchy chicken. HOLY MOLY! Get in there!