Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden Feast on Chicken and Waffles in N.Y.C.

12/01/2014 at 02:09 PM ET

Cameron Diaz Benji Madden Sweet Chick
Courtesy Sweet Chick; Teach/FameFlynet

During a weekend surely filled with too much Thanksgiving turkey, Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden sought out a different kind of bird.

The couple chowed down on a Southern-style meal at N.Y.C.’s Sweet Chick on Sunday night with a feast that included fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, sautéed kale and cornbread as well as buffalo chicken and waffles.

Madden performed at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in the city a few days earlier with his twin brother Joel as part of The Madden Brothers rock duo.

Joel wasn’t with Benji and Diaz at Sunday’s Sweet Chick dinner, although the couple was joined by friends and family, a source tells PEOPLE. “They sat across from each other and were having a great time, laughing and enjoying the night,” the source said.

Madden and Diaz, who have sparked engagement rumors recently, were both dressed casually for the occasion and were seated at the back of the restaurant with their group of eight.

Want to get a taste of the couple’s Southern feast? If you aren’t too full from Thanksgiving leftovers, fry up Sweet Chick’s chicken recipe at home.

Sweet Chick Fried Chicken
Serves 4 to 6

1 gallon water
1 cup sweet tea
¾ cup kosher salt
¼ cup freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp. dried thyme
1 tbsp. dried oregano
1 tbsp. garlic powder
Whole chicken, or 10 separate pieces
8 cups flour
½ cup cornstarch
2 tbsp. paprika
2 tbsp. dried thyme
2 tbsp. kosher salt
1 tbsp. freshly ground black pepper
4 cups buttermilk
4 cups vegetable oil

1. Combine water and next 6 ingredients in a large pot to create a brine. Add chicken and refrigerate for 24 hours.
2. Remove chicken from brine and pat dry.
3. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients in a large bowl and rub on chicken, shaking off excess.
4. Coat with buttermilk and dredge again in flour mixture.
5. Fill a large pan with ⅓ of an inch of oil and heat to 300°F. Fry chicken in oil for 15 to 20 minutes until done (meat should be golden-brown and the internal temperature should be 165°F).

—Ana Calderone, @anacalderone

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Tara on

right our Nation is suffering and people are protesting in the streets and they get this sort of trash story?? This is about as classy as lipstick on a pig and I see you posted the pigs picture too. How old is she now? 60? Good she found some ONE to take her good luck lady.

Frank on

I thought she had him on some diet? No wonder he looked like a porker on TV just another set of lies . He looks tore up and old must be the hillbilly Neal’s they eat.

Raina on

who the heck is this guy ? Some loser she found? What happened to her ? Wow step back from the fatty foods

Demi on

well that’s just junk food I thought she was all healthy? She is so Gwyneth

BeeHappy on

Chicken and Waffles??
Would that be breakfast, brunch or both?? hehe
I doubt that I could eat those two together.

bill on

Aging actresses should be off limits.

robby on

The chicken in the picture looks like it has a tumor.

Really People on

This is HUGE news. I mean HUGE. This should be on the cover, and on every news show.

Jess on

I like them together. He makes her more down to earth. And she seems to bring out his sweet side.

the King on

Save the whales

People on

she ate that green crap on top and he ate the rest…lol!

Dowhatnormalpeopledo on

He looks like he has something wrong with him? And she pays him for sex as he is on twitter bragging about a casio watch she bought him ? He was also saying she uses a whip on him and that he does her up the butt on gossip sites? What fat strange people they are? Why do older women have to act so desperate? And he is a known ” purse holder” in LA a money mooching drunkard. Good going lady

arron on

as a man ? I don’t find this lady attractive at all something strange with her face? But mostly it is her nasty reputation for being with so many men , she must be stretched out and smelling of old lube

Sue on

Chicken and waffles? Anytime! YUM

Aussie cathie on

If one was to have as many men as she has we would be deemed wh@res …. But she a sex symbol?? Please look at that marshmallow crater face…

Anonymous on

After the chicken. the two will surely devour on each other buffet style.

Alene Cassiano on

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