Friday, February 5

Nashville Hot Chicken




In 2014 I went to Nashville with a group of blogging friends to cover the Pillsbury Bake Off. While there we made it our mission to eat the city in the short time period we were visiting. Of course, on the top of our list was getting some famous Nashville Hot Chicken, from Hattie B's.

I am really not exaggerating when I say it was the best fried chicken I have ever had in my life. Here in New Hampshire, we are not a huge fried chicken people. There are few joints that specialize in it, so if I get the hankering for it, I am left to my own devices.... because I certainly am not hitting up my  local KFC! Norm MacDonald can't even convince me to do so.




Nashville style Hot Chicken, is deep fried with a spiced coating, then it is basted with a hot sauce mixture that is bot sweet and spicy. Traditionally it is served on top of white bread and with a couple dill pickle slices. For sides normally you would serve some traditional southern style grits, mac n' cheese or collard greens.




Nashville Hot Chicken
(Serves 4)

Ingredients:

2 quarts frying oil or lard (in true southern fashion, I'd recommend frying in LARD) 

For the chicken:
1.5 lbs of boneless chicken tenders 
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg whisked
1 tbs Louisiana Hot Sauce
1 tbs kosher salt 
1 tbs brown sugar

For the dredge:
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp paprika 
1 tsp ground red pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp kosher salt

For the sauce:
2 tbs Louisiana Hot Sauce
2 tbs brown sugar
1/4 cup melted unsalted butter

4-6 White bread slices
Dill pickle slices


Directions:

In a mixing bowl whisk egg, buttermilk, hot sauce, salt and brown sugar together. Pour into a 1 gallon ziplock bag, and add chicken tenders. 

Place in the refrigerator for 24 hours to marinate. 

Remove from the refrigerator and leave them at room temperature for about 30 minutes before you prepare for frying. 

Preheat fry oil or lard to 330 degrees. 

In a shallow dish, like a pie plate. Whisk the dredge ingredients together.  

Remove chicken tenders from the buttermilk mixture one at a time, and dredge until they are all evenly coated. 

Fry in small batches, until the chicken tenders reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees. 

Drain from oil and place on a paper bag to absorb any extra oil. 

In a small mixing bowl combine melted butter, brown sugar and hot sauce. 

Baste each chicken tender with the sauce, and serve immediately on top of white bread, and with dill pickles. 










21 comments:

  1. Price wants this. I guess I should make it for him before I ditch him for FL 6 weeks ahead of him... I guess.

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    1. See I thought HE was going first... that's why the other day I was all like, oh you must have Autumn, Price is in FL. Ha.

      And damn.... 6 weeks !!

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  2. Yesss. I didn't make it to Hattie B's when I was in Nashville, but I did have Nashville hot chicken and it was beautiful. I want to go back so bad! But now I can make it at home- this looks delicious :)

    Sues

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    1. Oh man! You need to go back just for Hattie's!

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  3. Now you know how I feel about Hattie's! This may just have to be one of my Super Bowl eats!!!!

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    1. It really is my favorite form of chicken now. Nashville has ruined all other's for me!

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  5. Um, fo' shizzle! You can't go wrong with some hot chicken!

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  6. We have heard about Hattie B's on TV and my husband got to sample some last year too. He won't stop talking about how good it is. Now maybe I can see what all the fuss is about myself.

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  7. I'm glad I don't have to go all the way to Nashville for the real deal - I can make it at home!! YES!!!

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  8. I made these for the Super Bowl yesterday. Def H O T chicken brought tears to my eyes. But that's the point right?~ Sue

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    1. I am so glad you enjoyed it! And yes... super hot, hence the title ;)

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  9. Oh my gosh. I must make it!! I think about that chicken often. This looks just like the original!

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  10. I've gotta try these. Make them for me next time I visit ;)

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  11. As a Nashvillian, this sounds pretty dead on to me! Looks great.

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