In a skillet, fry bacon until crisp. Set aside to cool, reserving 1 Tbsp. of the bacon fat for the waffles. When bacon is cool enough, dice and set aside.
Preheat oven to the recommended temperature for your chicken strips. Bake chicken as specified.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pepper. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, melted butter and bacon fat. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir to combine. Fold in diced bacon and grated cheddar cheese.
Cook waffles in waffle iron until golden and crisp. Top with cooked chicken strips and a drizzle of maple syrup.
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