Nashville Hot Chicken: The Celebrity Dish That’s Worth the Hype

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Although Nashville hot chicken was an accidental discovery years ago, its taste remains simple out of this world. It’s super zesty heat combined with the flavour of the seasoning makes it a culinary experience you will never forget. I first had it years ago in Nashville and have replicated it dozens of times since. Actually, it’s not that difficult to make and uses only a few simple ingredients.

The main ingredients in the dish are the hot sauce and cayenne pepper which most people will have right in their pantry. The rest of the ingredients are basically a pantry staple. I use chicken thighs in the recipe as they are so full of flavour and juicy, but you can use the cut of your choice.

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Nashville Hot Chicken: The Celebrity Dish That’s Worth the Hype

Difficulty: Intermediate Prep Time 20 min Cook Time 20 min Total Time 40 mins Servings: 8 Calories: 540 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year

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I've always loved hot and spicy chicken, but Nashville hot chicken certainly takes the trophy. As mentioned above, it's the pepper and hot sauce that are the stars of this dish. I always make it up for game night and it's an instant hit. As somebody said: "It's hotter than hot and better than the best."

Ingredients

For the Marinate

For the Flour Dredge

Four the Sauce

Instructions

  1. Season the chicken with salt on both sides. I often leave it sit over night after doing this. It's not totally necessary though. 

  2. Add the buttermilk, egg, hot sauce, and pickle juice to a measuring cup. Mix until well combined. 

  3. Pour the marinate over the chicken and allow it to site for two hours. Marinating overnight is the best, however. 

  4. Add the flour and salt to a large mixing bowl. Whisk until well combined. 

  5. Remove a piece of chicken from the marinate and dredge it in the flour. Then dredge it in the marinate again and back into the flour. Dredge it once more in the marinate and set aside on a wire rack. This is called double dredging. Repeat the process for the remaining chicken. 

  6. Heat your oil to 350 degrees F or 180 C. Fry the chicken, in batches, until golden brown or about 7 minutes on each side. The internal temperature should be about 160 F. Set aside on a wire rack.

  7. Add the cayenne pepper, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper to a small mixing bowl. Add in the oil and mix until well combined.  

  8. Brush the sauce generously over the chicken, serve with bread and pickles. Enjoy your Nashville hot chicken.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 1


Amount Per Serving
Calories 540
Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 40g62%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 100mg34%
Sodium 1390mg58%
Total Carbohydrate 14g5%
Dietary Fiber 2g8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 31g62%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Nutritional values are a within reason estimate and my vary depending on several factors.

Note

I use Franks buffalo hot sauce, but you can use the hot sauce of your choice. Adjust according to the level of heat that you like.

The same applies for the cayenne and the rest of the seasoning.

I use chicken breasts, but you can use the cut of your choice.

 

Keywords: Spicy Chicken, Chicken Thighs, Hot Chicken, Nashville Hot Chicken

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Hey, I’m David Hood And I’m so happy you’re here!! So many of my favorite memories in life seem to take place around the table, especially when surrounded by people I love. And of course, all the better when nourished by some seriously delicious foodHappy Cooking! 

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