What Is So Special About Nashville Hot Chicken?

By MEAL FACTS

You can be sure it was hot if Anthony Bourdain thought it was spicy. The chef and celebrity tweeted, "I'm not complaining or anything but #Nashville Hot Chicken can be a three day commitment.

The Tennessean reported in 2018 that Andre Prince Jeffries, the owner of Prince, explained how her great-uncle came up with the dish after receiving mouth-searing chicken from a girlfriend who was upset with him.

So, why has the sweat-inducing chicken become so popular?

The heat is the key factor.

Although Nashville hot chicken has a particular flavour, author Timothy Davis claims there is no "secret recipe" or one way to create it (via NPR).

According to Taste of Home, the basic Nashville hot chicken recipe merely calls for chicken parts (breast, thighs, legs, or wings) that are marinated, soaked, breaded, and fried with a final dash of spices.

The recipe for the chicken doesn't actually have a mild variation. Some Nashville hot chicken, according to Thrillest, is so spicily hot that it sparkles like lava. 

There are six different heat levels available for Hattie B's fried chicken: Southern (no heat), Mild (touch of heat), Medium (warming up), Hot! (feel the heat), Damn Hot! (fire starter), and Shut The Cluck Up! (burn notice).

There is a typical way to serve Nashville hot chicken, despite the fact that there are other recipes for it (including one by Carla Hall). According to Taste of Home, you should serve the chicken with plenty of pickles, especially cold and briny ones that mix well with the heat.

Get some spicy Nashville hot chicken the next time you're in Nashville if you want to try some real local food, but be prepared for the exquisite heat that has won fans all over the world.

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