A Nashville hot chicken sandwich is one of my favorite things on earth. No joke, I made the greatest tasting sandwich I have ever had! Better than any restaurant I have had, it was absolutely incredible. I hope you love this recipe as much as I loved making it because it was next level good. Top 3 chicken I have ever had next to my Pho recipe and Jamaican Brown Stewed Chicken recipe.

I lived in Nashville at one point and picked up some tips, as well as had some ideas that I thought could really help the taste, and it did! I have some great secrets to make sure you make this recipe has perfect as it can be!

What are the secrets to making the best Nashville Chicken Sandwich? First you have to make sure you get some quality chicken. A nice thick piece is great and I even splured at Whole Foods to make sure I got the best of the best. Whatever you do, don’t skimp on the chicken quality, if you can at least. Second, I used pickle juice everywhere, in the coleslaw, in the wet chicken bowl, it was amazing.

Third, make sure you make the hot chicken sauce rub and apply it to the chicken. Fourth, making your own coleslaw is so easy with just a couple of ingredients, per below, and it is so good! I don’t ever eat coleslaw and it is necessary for the best sandwich.

Easy Nashville Hot Chicken Recipe

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Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: Hot Chicken, Nashville Hot, Nashville Hot Chicken
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins

Ingredients

For Chicken

  • 4 medium to large sized chicken breasts or 2-3 lbs of wings, thighs & drumsticks if not making sandwich
  • 3-4 cups vegetable oil pending size of cooking pot/pan - enough to cover half the chicken
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk sub whole milk
  • 1/4 cup pickle brine optional
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp hot sauce Franks Red Hot or similar
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tsp chili powder Sub Tajin powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

Spicy Oil Rub

  • 1/2 cup leftover oil from cooking pot
  • 2 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp honey Optional

Sandwich Toppings

  • Buns, pickles, coleslaw, chipotle or spicy mayo, ranch.

Easy Coleslaw

  • 12-14 oz bag of coleslaw mix
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar sub pickle juice
  • Salt & pepper to taste 1/2-1/4 tsp

Instructions

2-12 hour marinating

  • Pat dry chicken and generously season chicken with salt & pepper. Cover the chicken and let it sit for 2-12 hours in fridge (longer the better).

Chicken Prep - Need 2 Bowls

  • Bowl 1 - mix together, eggs, pickle brine, milk & hot sauce.
    Bowl 2 - Mix together flour, chilli pepper, cayenne pepper.
  • Take out chicken and bread it like so:
    1. Put chicken into milk mixture.
    2. Then flour mixture.
    3. Back into milk mixture.
    4. Back into flour mixture so all is thoroughly breaded.
    5. Place chicken in separate bowl or plate.

Cooking Chicken

  • Put oil into pot and turn up to medium heat. Cook chicken breast for 8-9 minutes per side with 1-2 pieces of chicken at a time.

Spicy Oil

  • In a medium-large bowl that won't melt...
  • Mix together hot oil, cayenne pepper, brown sugar chili pepper, honey, garlic powder and salt.
    Brush over chicken prior to serving.

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  1. 5 stars
    Made this tonight, was so good, I have ha a few of these sandwiches at restaurants and this one is just as good or better!

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