A native New Yorker with strong ties to South Caro- lina, Melba likes to say she was “born, bred, and but- tered” in Harlem. Her aunt is Sylvia of the famous Sylvia’s restaurant. Chicken and waffles originated in Harlem when jazz musicians wanted something delicious after playing all night. It’s a dish that per- fectly reflects Melba and her Harlem roots.
Note: This recipe may seem intimidating, but if you make the glaze first, then boil the sweet po- tato for the waffles while frying the chicken, you can keep the chicken warm in the oven while mak- ing the waffles.