This is what happens when you use Ko Hana Rum to make Karaage Chicken & Waffles.
Kohana Rum, Chicken Karaage & Waffles…Oh My! It was time for another visit to the Sunrise Hawaii News Now set.It’s great when you can find locally sourced items to throw into your recipes. #ShopLocal @kohanarum Click To Tweet
With Ko Hana Rum, they provided an enjoyable ingredient to integrate into a classic dish. Chicken & Waffles…or as we enhanced it a bit, Chicken Karaage & Waffles with a Kohana Rum Butter Syrup. (Mouthful, I know…but trust me, it’s simply delicious!)
A little talk story about Kohana Rum.
Manulele Distillers-home of Kō Hana Agricole Rum. Wait, what’s Agricole Rum? is the French term for cane juice rum, a style of rum originally distilled in the French Caribbean islands from freshly squeezed sugar cane juice rather than molasses.
“Cherishing sugarcane akin to a winery loving the grape, our Agricole style celebrates the juice.”
According to their site, Kō Hana embraces the natural earthiness and sweetness of the Kō. In stark contrast, the vast majority of the rum in the world is made from molasses — the industrial byproduct of processed sugar manufacturing.
So now onto the recipe, so you can all make this at home!
- Chicken thighs, trimmed of fat & cut into strips 1 lb.
- Buttermilk 1 cup
- A&P flour 2 cups
- Baking powder 1 tbsp.
- Salt 1 ½ tsp.
- Garlic powder 1 ½ tsp.
- Black pepper 1 tsp.
- A&P flour 2 cups
- Baking powder 4 tsp.
- salt ½ tsp.
- Sugar ¼ cup
- Eggs 2
- Vegetable oil ½ cup
- Milk 2 cups
- Vanilla 1 tsp.
- Whole butter ¼ pound
- Coco Lopez 1 can
- Kohana Rum ¼ cup
- Maple Syrup 2 cups
- Vanilla Extract ½ tsp.
- • Marinate chicken in the buttermilk for a minimum of 2 hours.
- • Mix dry ingredients and set aside.
- • Drain and coat chicken in the seasoned flour.
- • Fry until crispy & golden.
- • Sift dry ingredients in a bowl.
- • In a separate bowl separate egg whites and whip until stiff peaks form.
- • In another bowl mix wet ingredients and stir.
- • Add dry to wet ingredients and mix well.
- • Fold in egg whites.
- • Cook in your waffle iron.
- • Brown the butter until it has nutty aroma but be careful not to burn it.
- • Add all other ingredients and bring to a boil and turn it off.
- • Reserve at room temperature.
- • Refrigerate extra and microwave to reheat and liquefy the butter.