Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich

*Loosely inspired by Hattie B’s Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich

 

If not for the music, many may consider Nashville the “food” hub of the state. From country staples like biscuits and gravy to some of the best barbecue you’ll find anywhere, Nashville definitely holds a significant stake in American food culture. But of course you can’t mention Nashville, Tennessee without ever mentioning having a plate of some “NASHVILLE” hot chicken.

 

A lot of people will tell you that if you’re going to visit Nashville, then you have to stop at Hattie B’s. Why you ask? You’ll be introduced to proverbial matriarchy of hot chicken (and you won’t be disappointed). If you’re not aware, hot chicken is fried chicken that’s re-dipped in fry oil and seasoned with a generous helping of spices. Served as a staple on its own, what better way to enjoy this legend than slapping it between two buns. The recipe itself is loosely inspired from the Hattie B’s recipe from the Food Network.

Original Photography by Patrick Tomasso

 

FUN FACT: Andr√© Prince, owner of Prince’s Hot Chicken, states the origin of the dish date back to a late night his great uncle had the dish for the first time. She explains her great uncle, Thorton Prince, came home late one night to a scornful lover, and for revenge, cooked him a chicken dish covered in fiery spices to match her anger. Joke’s on her, because Thorton ended up loving the dish so much that he decided to open a store and sell it. HOT DAMN!

 

*WARNING: You’re going to need a lot of bowls.

 

Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich Recipe

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, nashville, sandwich, spicy
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

For the chicken

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 4 tbsp hot sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 boneless chicken breasts cut in half
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Vegetable oil for frying and dipping
  • 3 tbsp cayenne
  • 3 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika

For the slaw

  • 1 package coleslaw mix
  • 1 red onion sliced
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Sandwich Construction

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp sriracha sauce
  • brioche Buns
  • pickles

Instructions

Chicken

  • In a large bowl mix together eggs, buttermilk, hot sauce, salt and pepper. Add the chicken to the mixture and set aside to allow it to marinate.
  • In a separate bowl add the flour. Take your chicken from the buttermilk mixture, pat dry and one piece at a time, dredge in flour. Dip back into the buttermilk mixture and then transfer back into the flour. Repeat with the rest of the chicken breasts and set aside on a plate or baking sheet.
  • In a dutch oven or deep pot, heat about 2 inches of oil. Carefully add chicken to hot oil, and cook until golden brown on both sides and chicken is cooked thoroughly through. Remove from oil and place on a paper towel covered plate.
  • In a large bowl mix together cayenne, brown sugar, garlic powder, chili powder and paprika. Add about 1 cup of the frying oil used for the chicken to the bowl and whisk until combined. Dip cooked chicken into chili oil mixture.

Coleslaw & Sandwich Construction

  • In a large bowl, mix together all the slaw ingredients.
  • To assemble: Mix together mayonnaise and hot sauce until combined. Add some spicy mayo to a brioche bun. Top with chicken, slaw and pickles.
  • Mix together mayonnaise and sriracha sauce in a small bowl. Add spicy mayo to brioche buns and assemble the rest of the sandwich with the chicken, slaw and pickles. All there's left to do is to enjoy!
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