The newest version of chicken & waffles is here now, and it’s being served at SEVERAL local restaurants

The newest rendition of the famed chicken & waffles dish has arrived in the Miami Valley, and the restaurant destinations offering the trendy dish may come as a bit of a surprise.

“You can forget the reservations, long lines and expensive checks and get back to what really matters: the food,” Kentucky Fried Chicken officials said in a release announcing the introduction of its new Kentucky Fried Chicken & Waffles.

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“Our famous extra crispy, savory fried chicken atop a Belgian Liege-style waffle, with the finishing touch of classic Mrs. Butterworth's syrup, makes for a scrumptious dish I'd put up against versions at upscale restaurants, but we're offering it at a price just about anyone can afford,” Andrea Zahumensky, chief marketing officer for KFC U.S., said in the release. “And it can be enjoyed at KFCs across the country for brunch, lunch or dinner.”

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The meal options include waffles with KFC's Extra Crispy fried chicken or Extra Crispy tenders with a side of Mrs. Butterworth's syrup, starting at $5.49. It's also available as a sandwich featuring KFC's recently-introduced sweet-heat Hot Honey fried chicken as a breast fillet between two waffles, for $5.99.

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This news outlet reached out to both of the franchise groups that operate multiple KFC restaurants throughout the Dayton/Springfield region, and both confirmed that they are indeed serving the Chicken & Waffles dishes, starting this week.  KFC says the special will be available only through Dec. 31.

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“We are looking forward to gaining new customers, as this is a great product,” Glen Hanson, area director for one of the Dayton-area franchisees, told us via email.

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KFC officials say the waffle recipe was developed specifically to pair with KFC's Extra Crispy fried chicken and is made with a yeast-raised dough instead of a batter. The waffles include pearl sugar imported from Belgium that “creates a delectable sweet and crunchy outer texture,” the chicken chain said in its release.

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