Popeyes Gives Americans the Chicken-and-Waffle Innovation We Craved

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There’s a certain ritual around eating traditional chicken and waffles. Cut off a little bite of chicken, do the same with a piece of waffle, put them both on the fork, and dip in syrup. If that sounds too fussy, you can forget the fork and go the fast-food route: Prepare the chicken in a waffle coating, deep fry it, and eat from a paper box with a side of honey maple dipping sauce.

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