Nashville Hot Chicken – How to Make Nashville Style Chicken

Nashville hot chicken, Prince’s chicken, or Nashville-style chicken is a spicy and hot chicken recipe made by frying breaded chicken parts and then coating them with a hot sauce (known as Nashville Hot Sauce). It is very simple to prepare and usually served with pickled cucumbers and slices of bread.

This chicken recipe was first made accidentally by a woman who wanted to punish her spouse because he was cheating on her. She prepared this chicken dish with hot pepper but it turns out that the said man loved the recipe and even started making it for sale. That was how people got to know about it and now it is a common recipe in Nashville, Tennesse, United States of America.

Nashville Hot Chicken Ingredients

Nashville Hot Chicken Ingredients
Nashville Hot Chicken Ingredients
  • 4 chicken thighs and 2 chicken breasts
  • 3 cups of olive oil

Ingredients for the chicken marinade

  • 1 large Egg
  • 2 cups of buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp of hot sauce

Ingredients for the breading mixture

  • 3 tbsp of cornstarch
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 tbsp of salt
  • 1 and 1/2 tbsp of black pepper
  • 1 tbsp of paprika powder
  • 2 tbsp of cayenne pepper powder
  • 1 tbsp of onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp of garlic powder

Ingredients for Nashville hot chicken sauce

How to Make Nashville Hot Chicken

  • In a bowl, add the buttermilk, 1 egg, and 1 tbsp of hot sauce. Stir to combine.
  • Bring the chicken parts into the bowl containing the buttermilk and marinate the chicken for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Marinate the chicken overnight
Marinate the chicken overnight in the fridge. The longer the better.
  • After 2 hours or overnight, remove the chicken and begin coating it in a flour mixture.
  • In another bowl, add 3 tbsp of cornstarch, 1 and 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 and 1/2 tbsp of salt, 1 and 1/2 tbsp of black pepper powder, 1 tbsp of paprika powder, 2 tbsp of cayenne pepper powder, 1 tbsp of onion powder, and 1/2 tsp of garlic powder. Stir all the mixture together.
  • Next, double-coat the marinated chicken in the flour and keep it in a dish. This process of breading the chicken makes it crispy.
Coating the chicken in the flour mixture
Coating the chicken in the flour mixture.
  • Place a pan on the stovetop and add about 3 cups of olive oil or any cooking oil, enough to fry the chicken.
  • Bring the chicken parts into the oil and fry for about 5 minutes on each side and then cover the pan and allow the chicken to be heated for 15 minutes. Covering the chicken while making Nashville Hot chicken prevents the burning of the chicken and allows the heat to properly cook the chicken. 7 minutes into the cooking time, you can uncover and turn the chicken to the other side and then cover it again and cook further for 8 minutes.
Fry the coated chicken until it is brown
Fry the coated chicken until it is brown
  • After 15 minutes, remove the cover and allow the chicken to fry until it is golden brown on both sides (ensure to turn the other side to fry as well.)
  • You can fry the chicken pieces in batches. Remove the chicken and drain it on a paper towel before lining them on a baking tray that has been lined with baking paper.
Line the fried chicken on a baking tray
Line the fried chicken on a baking tray and keep it warm in an oven.
  • Preheat the oven to about 275 degrees Celsius and then keep the chicken in it to be warm.

Making the Nashville Hot Sauce

  • In a bowl that can withstand heat, combine all the ingredients for Nashville Hot chicken sauce except the butter and lard: 6 tbsp of cayenne pepper, 1/3 cup of hot sauce, 1 tsp of smoked paprika powder, 1 tsp of chili powder, 1 and 1/2 tbsp of dark brown sugar, and 1/2 tsp of garlic powder.
  • Melt your butter and lard (or you can use oil if you like) – heat them up and allow them to melt completely and then pour the hot oil into the pan containing the spices and seasonings for the Nashville hot sauce.
Nashville Hot Chicken Sauce
Making the Nashville Hot Chicken Sauce.
  • Stir to combine and your Sauce for Nashville Hot Chicken is ready.
  • Now, dip a pastry brush into the Nashville hot sauce and brush the surface of the fried chicken; ensure the hot chicken sauce is completely covered on the chicken. Do this for all the chicken parts.
Coat the fried chicken with the Nashville hot sauce
Coat the fried chicken with the Nashville hot sauce

And your homemade Nashville Hot chicken is ready! you can serve it with pickled cucumbers and some slices of bread.

Nashville Hot Chicken served with pickled cucumber over sliced of bread

Nashville Hot Chicken Recipe - How to Make Nashville Hot Chicken

Bongdap Nansel Nanzip
Nashville Hot Chicken is a spicy fried chicken recipe that is a specialty in Nashville, Tennessee, in the United States of America. This hot chicken is also called Prince's chicken or Nashville-style chicken. The Nashville hot chicken recipe can be made with chicken breast, thigh, or wings. When made as a sandwich, it is usually made with boneless chicken breast. The signature of this chicken recipe is the use of cayenne pepper for making the Nashville Hot Sauce that is rubbed on the chicken after being fried.
The chicken is first marinated with a seasoning blend and then coated in a seasoned flour mixture before frying until it is brown in color. There is a technique applied in frying the Nashville hot chicken to ensure the heat penetrates the chicken and cooks it very well. If you are a lover of spicy foods, then the Nashville Hot Chicken recipe will be added to your favorite recipes.
Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Nashville, Tennessee
Servings 6 people
Calories 220 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 pieces of chicken thighs - you can use chicken wings as well.
  • 2 pieces boneless chicken breasts
  • 3 cups olive oil - for frying the chicken.

Ingredients for Chicken Marinade

  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce

Ingredients for coating the chicken (breading mixture)

  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • tbsp salt
  • tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp paprika powder
  • 2 tbsp cayenne pepper powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • ½ tbsp garlic powder

Ingredients for Nashville hot sauce

  • 6 tbsp cayenne pepper - the main ingredient for this chicken recipe.
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup lard - or any fat.
  • cup hot sauce
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • tbsp dark brown sugar
  • ½ tsp garlic powder

Instructions
 

Marinating the chicken

  • In a large mixing bowl, add the buttermilk, 1 egg, and 1 tbsp of hot sauce. Stir to combine.
  • Bring the chicken parts into the bowl containing the buttermilk and marinate the chicken for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • After 2 hours or overnight, remove the chicken and begin coating it in a flour mixture.

Coating the chicken in a flour mixture

  • In another bowl, add 3 tbsp of cornstarch, 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour, 1 ½ tbsp of salt, 1 ½ tbsp of black pepper powder, 1 tbsp of paprika powder, 2 tbsp of cayenne pepper powder, 1 tbsp of onion powder, and ½ tsp of garlic powder. Stir all the mixture together.
  • Double-coat the marinated chicken in the flour mixture. Do this by first coating the chicken in the flour mixture, then bring it back into the liquid marinade to wet it the second time, and then coat again in the flour mixture. This way, the flour tends to stick more to the chicken when coated twice. After coating the chicken, place it in a dish. This process of breading the chicken makes it crispy. Repeat this for all the chicken pieces.

Frying the coated chicken

  • Place a pan on the stovetop and add about 3 cups of olive oil or any cooking oil, enough to fry the chicken.
  • Bring the chicken parts into the oil and fry for about 5 minutes on each side and then cover the pan and allow the chicken to be heated for 15 minutes. Covering the chicken while making Nashville Hot chicken prevents the chicken from burning and allows the heat to properly cook the chicken. 7 minutes into the cooking time, you can uncover and turn the chicken to the other side and then cover it again and cook further for 8 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes, remove the cover of the skillet and allow the chicken to fry until it is golden brown on both sides (ensure to turn the other side to fry as well.)
  • Remove the chicken from the oil when brown and drain it on a paper towel.
  • Line the fried chicken pieces on a baking tray that has been lined with baking paper and transfer it to a preheated oven of about 275 degrees Celsius; keep the chicken in it to keep it warm. Please note: you are not baking the chicken but rather keeping it warm while making the Nashville hot sauce. This means that once the oven is heated, turn off the heat, transfer the chicken, and then close the oven.

Making Nashville Hot Sauce

  • In a bowl that can withstand heat, combine 6 tbsp of cayenne pepper, ⅓ cup of hot sauce, 1 tsp of smoked paprika powder, 1 tsp of chili powder, 1½ tbsp of dark brown sugar, and ½ tsp of garlic powder. Stir to combine.
  • Melt ½ cup of butter and ½ cup of lard (or you can use oil if you don't like the lard.)
    Heat fats and allow them to melt completely and then pour into the bowl containing the spices and seasonings for the Nashville hot sauce.
  • Stir everything to combine and your Sauce for Nashville Hot Chicken is ready
  • Remove the fried chicken from the warm oven.
  • Now, dip a pastry brush into the Nashville hot sauce and brush it over the surface of the fried chicken; ensure the hot chicken sauce is completely covered on the chicken. Do this for all the chicken parts.
  • And your homemade Nashville Hot chicken is ready! you can serve it with pickled cucumbers and some slices of bread.

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Notes

Nashville hot chicken is can be served in between bread slices as a sandwich; in this case, the chicken must be boneless. 
For the lard, it can be replaced with oil.
Keyword Hot Chicken Recipe, Nashville Hot Chicken, Prince's Chicken

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