Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich

If you love spicy foods and chicken then this Nashville Hot Chicken sandwich recipe is just for you. It takes some time with prepping and process but when you take that first bite all the effort will be worth it. It's unlike any other fried chicken recipe that includes double frying your chicken and using the same cooking oil from your fry as a sauce for the Nashville Hot Chicken spice. 

Nashville Hot Chicken was invented by a man named Thorton Prince. It is said that he came home late one night and whipped this dish up randomly. Could you imagine creating this staple of a dish late night after coming home from an evening of festivities, blows my mind. Let's get into the recipe now. 

INGREDIENTS (BATTER AND FLOUR)

Batter:

- 2 cups buttermilk

- 1/3 cup of hot sauce

Flour:

- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

- 3 tablespoons cornstarch

- 3 tablespoons seasoned salt

- 1 tablespoon paprika

- 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper

- 2 teaspoons black pepper

- 1 tablespoon garlic powder

- 1 tablespoon onion powder

- 2 teaspoons dry mustard powder

Nashville Hot Chicken:

- 2 tablespoons Nashville Hot Chicken seasoning

- 2 tablespoons adobo honey seasoning

- 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar

- 1 teaspoon chili powder

- 1 teaspoon garlic powder

- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

- 1 1/2 cups of cooking oil used to fry the chicken

Sauce for buns:

- 3 tablespoons mayo

- 1 tablespoons ketchup

- 2 tablespoons sweet relish

- 1 tablespoon hot sauce

DIRECTIONS:

1) Prep your chicken by trimming into less than a 1/2" patties for frying.

2) Prepare you batter and flour into two separate bowls.

3) Dunk your chicken into the flour, then batter and then flour again. While your chicken is sitting with the battered flour pour 2 1/2 cups of cooking oil into your pan over medium heat or 350 degrees. Let it come to temp, about 20 mins.

4) Once your oil is reached to the temp of 350 go ahead and fry 3-4 pieces of chicken at one time. You are going to fry for 7 mins (flipping at the midway point) and then pull the chicken and let sit for 5 mins then refry for the second time 3 mins, this depends on the thickness of the chicken.

5) Now that your chicken is fried make sure you have a wire rack with a sheet pan under it so the crispy chicken can sit and rest on. During this resting time you are going to add your Nashville Hot Chicken seasoning together with 1 1/2 cups of the cooking oil you just used. It will simmer but quickly whisk until it comes still. Now you want to brush that amazing sauce all over the crispy chicken, or dunk it. 

6) Have some toasted buns ready and create your sandwich. First you want to sauce your top and bottom buns, add shredded romaine lettuce, chicken patty, tomato and then complete with the top bun for an amazing delicious creation.

7) Feed the family and enjoy! This one gets spicy :)