Nashville Hot Chicken

If you have ever been to Nashville, then you know what I am talking about. If you haven’t, then trust me when I say you WANT to know about these. Nashville is famous for it’s “hot chicken.” It’s a fried piece of chicken with a spicy kick. Served on a bun with pickles. Do not make this recipe unless you have the pickles. Seriously. The pickles make the sandwich and add the perfect bite of sweetness with the hot chicken.

There are two levels of spiciness you can choose between. If you like REALLY spicy foods, use paprika. If you prefer a milder kick, use chili powder. I personally prefer the chili powder.

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NASHVILLE HOT CHICKEN RECIPE

Servings: 4

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup panko crumbs
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cups vegetable oil (give or take based on size of skillet)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon paprika OR chili powder (see comment above)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 4 sandwich buns
  • shredded cabbage
  • 12 bread & butter pickle chips

Cut chicken breasts in half to make 4 smaller pieces. Set up a dredging station by mixing milk and apple cider vinegar together in one bowl. Place flour in another bowl. Place panko crumbs in another bowl. Start by dredging each piece of chicken in the milk, then flour, back in milk, then panko crumbs until completely covered. Repeat with each piece of chicken and set aside. Pour vegetable oil in cast iron skillet until it is around halfway full. Heat oil on medium heat. Once oil is heated, add chicken to skillet. Let chicken cook, turning every 4-5 minutes. Cook for around 20-25 minutes or until chicken is crispy, brown and a meat thermometer registers 165 degrees. Remove chicken from skillet and drain on paper towels.

Place butter in a bowl and microwave until melted, around 30 seconds. Mix in salt, paprika OR chili powder, garlic powder, and sugar with melted butter. Brush mixture onto fried chicken making sure to cover all sides. Shred cabbage into little strips. Place cabbage, fried chicken, and 3 pickles on sandwich bun to serve. Enjoy with an ice cold beer!

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