Nashville Hot Chicken

Nashville Hot Chicken
This is the state dish of Tennessee.  The famous crispy fried chicken with the sweet and spicy sauce is iconic in the Volunteer state.  I hope you like it.
Cast iron skillet or electric skillet
Oil for cooking
Rubber gloves to prevent flour-clump hands
1 chicken cut into 8 pieces (I used breast and thighs)
2 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup pickle juice
Mix ingredients; let brine for an hour minimum  (4 is better)
Flour dredge:
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne 
Mix all ingredients
Mix for dipping:
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon hot sauce
Put on gloves
With left hand, place chicken in flour mixture and heavily coat both sides
With right hand place chicken in milk mixture
With left hand place chicken in flour and coat again
Place on rack for 20 minutes
Fill cast iron pan (or electric skillet) half full with oil; heat to 350 degrees
Fry chicken to 175 degrees internal temp in skillet, about 9 minutes per side
Hot sauce:
1/2 cup butter
2 tablespoons cayenne pepper (chipotle is good too!)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Mix all ingredients and heat in a small skillet for 7 minutes until sugar is melted
Dip chicken in sauce
Serve
6A169B15-1AA8-47D0-985D-17301838288F
4693707B-0175-4E62-A79F-D35E181D37C6
3798DB74-AC6A-4C5D-9B88-640FBF803729
CB6A3233-9F47-4275-8C43-3632B9A192E2
2E13D8ED-0DB1-4FD4-84A4-D3A582A35CF7

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s