Are you one of the spicy food lovers who relish extremely hot chicken wings, smacking your lips while wiping off the tears from your eyes? If yes, this Nashville-style hot and spicy chicken is for you! It is a perfect recipe for days when you’re craving chicken dipped in hot sauce, but you’re too lazy to go out or make a meal that takes more than an hour. It is a quick recipe which takes only 30 minutes, and you can even make it a day ahead too. Take a look at the recipe below!
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Make Nashville-Style Hot and Spicy Chicken at Home
In a large bowl, toss the chicken with black pepper and 2 tablespoons of salt. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
In a large bowl, whisk eggs, buttermilk and hot sauce together. In another bowl or plate, mix flour and remaining 4 teaspoons of salt. Add oil in a deep wok or Dutch oven and heat it over medium-high flame until the oil reaches 160°C.
Pat the chicken pieces dry and dredge them in the flour mixture one by one. Shake off the excess and then dip in buttermilk mixture, letting the excess drip back into the bowl. Coat the chicken again in flour mixture and place on a plate. Fry the chicken in batches, continuously turning the chicken until golden brown and crisp.
Place the fried chicken on a wire rack and let it slightly cool. In a small bowl, whisk together cayenne, brown sugar, chilli powder, garlic powder and paprika and then carefully whisk in a cup of frying oil.
Brush this spicy oil on the chicken and serve with bread and pickles.
You can also prepare the chicken a day before the serving. Season it and refrigerate it overnight.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What works best for the recipe if hot sauce isn’t available?
You can mix 1.5 tablespoons of spicy red chilli paste (ghost pepper) with 1 teaspoon vinegar and use it in place of the hot sauce.
How do I know if the chicken is cooked thoroughly?
Deep fry the chicken for about 15-18 minutes and check for the internal temperature, which should be around 70-75°C.