Nashville-Style Hot Chicken

Nashville-Style Hot Chicken
Nashville-Style Hot Chicken

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • COATING

  • 3

    tablespoons oil

  • 1

    tablespoon cayenne pepper

  • 1/2

    teaspoon paprika

  • 1/2

    teaspoon salt

  • 1/4

    teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2

    teaspoon sugar

  • 2

    cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2

    teaspoon pepper + 1/2 tsp. salt

  • 3

    quarts peanut or vegetable oil

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  • BRINE

  • 2

    quarts water

  • 1/2

    cup hot sauce

  • 1/2

    cup salt

  • 1/2

    cup sugar

  • 1

    (3 1/2-to 4-pound) whole chicken, quartered

Directions

BRINE CHICKEN Whisk water, hot sauce, salt, and sugar in large bowl until salt and sugar dissolve. Add chicken and refrigerate, covered, for 30 minutes or up to 1 hour. BLOOM SPICES Heat 3 tablespoons oil in small saucepan over medium heat until shimmering. Add cayenne, paprika, ½ teaspoon salt, garlic powder, and sugar and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Transfer to small bowl. DREDGE Remove chicken from refrigerator and pour off brine. Combine flour, ½ teaspoon salt, and pepper in large bowl. Dredge chicken pieces 2 at a time in flour mixture. Shake excess flour from chicken and transfer to wire rack. (Do not discard seasoned flour.) FRY AND BRUSH Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 200 degrees. Heat remaining oil in large Dutch oven over medium-high heat to 350 degrees. Return chicken pieces to flour mixture and turn to coat. Fry half of chicken, adjusting burner as necessary to maintain oil temperature between 300 and 325 degrees, until deep golden brown and white meat registers 160 degrees (175 degrees for dark meat), 20 to 25 minutes. Drain chicken on clean wire rack set inside rimmed baking sheet and place in oven. Bring oil back to 350 degrees and repeat with remaining chicken. Stir spicy oil mixture to recombine and brush over both sides of fried chicken. Serve on white bread with pickles.

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