Every holiday has a food that goes along with it. Thanksgiving has turkey. Christmas has egg nog. Easter has ham. I think that Americans should start a tradition of sitting down for a hearty Martin Luther King Day dinner of chicken and waffles.

Why not? I am almost convinced that holidays are created as a reason to eat. Why not Martin Luther King Day?

Recipe from allrecipes.com

4 eggs
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup cornstarch
1 tablespoon salt
1 quart peanut oil for frying
8 chicken tenders
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
12 slices bacon
8 thin slices Cheddar cheese
8 plain frozen waffles
1. Whisk together the eggs, cream, cayenne pepper, 1 tablespoon salt, and black pepper in a large bowl. In a paper bag, shake together the flour, cornstarch, and 1 tablespoon salt.
2. Dip the chicken into the beaten egg mixture, then place into the flour mixture and shake to coat. Place the breaded chicken onto a wire rack; do not stack. Let the chicken rest for 20 minutes to allow the coating to set.
3. Heat about 3 inches of oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In small batches, fry chicken 5 to 8 minutes until golden brown. Remove chicken, and drain on paper towels. Set aside or keep warm in a a low oven.
4. Combine the mayonnaise, maple syrup, horseradish, and mustard powder in a medium bowl. Place the bacon in a large, deep skillet, and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate.
5. To assemble the sandwiches: Place 4 waffles on a cookie sheet, top each waffle with 2 chicken tenders, 3 slices of bacon, and 2 slices of Cheddar. Broil the sandwich for a 3 to 5 minutes until the cheese melts. Spread 3 tablespoons of the maple mayonnaise on the remaining 4 waffles and place on top of the sandwich.