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Turkey Nuggets & Waffles

Jeremiah Doughty | From Field to Plate

Ingredient Wild

While you're waiting to hit the turkey woods, go ahead and start making plans for your bird. Everybody enjoys fresh turkey nuggets, but why not have turkey nuggets and waffles? Turkey is a great wild game sub for chicken in the traditional chicken and waffles dish.

turkey nuggets and waffles recipe


Waffle Mix:

  • 2 ¼ flour 
  • ½ cup cornstarch 
  • ¼ cup sugar 
  • 1 ½ tbsp baking powder 
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • 2 cups milk 
  • 2 large eggs 
  • ½ cup melted butter 
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract 


1. In large bowl mix all dry ingredients until fully blended. 
2. Add wet ingredients and whisk. Whisk just until blended, don’t over mix. 
3. Add 2 tbsp of batter to preheated waffle maker. Cook until crispy. 
4. Set aside. 

Southern Wild Turkey and Buttermilk Dumplings


  • 1 pound turkey breast, cubed into 1-inch squares 
  • 1 egg 
  • 1 cup dill pickle juice 
  • 1 ½ cup flour 
  • ½ tsp paprika 
  • 1 ½ tsp pepper 
  • 3 tbsp powder sugar 
  • 2 tsp salt 
  • 1 cup milk 
  • Oil to fry 

turkey nuggets and waffles recipe


1. Place turkey nuggets in a zipper bag along with pickle juice, place bag in fridge and let marinate for at least 4 hours or up to 12 hours. 
2. Remove from fridge and discard pickle juice. 
3. In large bowl, add milk and eggs. Whisk until combined. Add turkey to mixture and coat.
4. Heat oil to 375 degrees.
5. Mix all dry ingredients; toss turkey into mixture and coat. Add to oil and fry 3-4 minutes until cooked and crispy. 
6. Remove from oil and allow to drain. 


Take your waffles and place 1-2 nuggets on each waffle, sprinkle jalapeños, bacon, and drizzle with maple syrup over top and serve. This is a great finger food for your football game. 

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