These Chicken and Waffles Are the Only Reason I Got a Waffle Maker

Bonus: This sweet-and-savory dish serves two, so it's the perfect date night meal.

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April 28, 2021
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Sriracha Chicken and Waffles with Hibiscus French 75, as seen on Jet and Ali Date Night, Season 1.

When I was making a registry for my wedding, family and friends all shared their opinions on what tools and gadgets to register for. You need a KitchenAid! Skip the fancy cutlery! Don't forget wine glasses! For the most part, everyone was on the same page, with one notable exception: a waffle maker. Some swore by their waffle iron, while others claimed it was the biggest waste of space, just collecting dust in their cabinets. I, too, stayed on the fence for a while, as my fiancé and I aren't the most frequent waffle eaters. But is that because we don't have a way to make waffles at home? You get the dilemma.

Then, I watched Jet and Ali Tila's Sriracha Chicken and Waffles for Two class in the Food Network Kitchen app, and the issue immediately became a nonissue. Of course, their fried chicken and waffles sound way more exciting than any basic Belgian waffle I could think of. You really can't go wrong topping fluffy waffles with crispy chicken and a sweet-and-spicy glaze, then serving it with a fancy cocktail. More importantly, though, Jet and Ali made cooking together — and using your waffle maker together! — look like so much fun. I couldn't wait to get my fiancé into the kitchen, press play, and whip up our own spread. It's the ultimate selling point for registering for a waffle maker (or buying one yourself!).

Plus, this class is just one part of Jet and Ali's Date Night cooking course, where you can learn how to divvy up tasks in the kitchen and get cooking with your loved ones. Each class is centered on a different date idea — from the classic celebratory surf and turf to a cozier chicken stew for two to the most irresistible small-batch sweets. Spoiler alert: It's entertaining and adorable and packed with culinary tips and tricks. (Which reminds me: Have you thought about adding a premium subscription for FNK to your registry?)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches, as seen on Jet and Ali Date Night, Season 1.

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