Lunch Box || Gluten Free Chicken & Waffles

Chicken & Waffle Lunch Box recipe || with gluten free options. || @thismessisours #lunchbox

Being a child of the south I am no stranger to the combo of chicken and waffles! Honestly, I can’t think of a better brunch to treat yo’self with on the weekends. 

Ever since Kash first tried chicken and waffles he has been obsessed! I started sending this combo in his lunch box last year when he was in kindergarten and it quickly became an almost weekly lunch box request from him. He really loves that combination of savory and sweet flavors just like me!  This lunch box comes together super quick, I simply bake the tenders the night before so that they have plenty of time to cool then pop the waffles in the toaster right before I’m ready to start packing. Trust me, your kids won’t be disappointed with this lunch! 

Chicken & Waffle Lunch Box recipe || with gluten free options. || @thismessisours #lunchbox


Gluten Free Chicken & Waffles Lunch Box

  • Author: This Mess Is Ours
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 lunch box


Toaster waffles also make a fun play on bread for breakfast sandwiches in the lunch box!


  • 2 toaster waffles, gluten free if needed, toasted and sliced to fit into lunch box
  • 2 chicken strips, gluten free if needed, baked
  • 1/8 cup maple syrup
  • fresh berries to serve


  1. Combine all of the prepared ingredients into the compartments in your lunch box. Be sure to include a container for the maple syrup that has a tight fitting lid, but can still be opened by little hands.








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Meg van der Kruik is the writer, mother, photographer, designer, cook and creative spirit behind This Mess is Ours. After her infant son was diagnosed with a gluten allergy, she dedicated herself to learning to make meals the whole family would love. It’s a bit of a mess – cooking for a vegetarian and three meat-eaters with a range of gluten + dairy sensitivities, but she manages to bring them together every night around their little family table.