Nashville hot fried chicken

Did you hear about the Nashville hot fried chicken? That’s nothing compared to what I cooked up this time.
I made two versions of this famous dish. One ordinary with just cayenne pepper and a crazy hot one with dried Carolina reaper. Just to challenge myself and Morrison.

Prep Time 4 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 35 mins
Course Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American, American Barbecue
Servings 4 people
Calories 1495 kcal


  • 500 gram Chicken thighs
  • 2 litres vegetable oil refined
  • 4 piece soft buns
  • 4 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 piece pickles


  • ½ litre buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp paprika powder

Breading station

  • 1 kg all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp coarse black pepper
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 6 piece eggs

Crazy hot chicken rub

  • 1 part salt
  • ½ part ground black pepper
  • part garlic powder
  • ½ part onion powder
  • ½ part cayenne pepper
  • 1 part Carolina reaper powder


  • Mix everything for the brine in a large bowl. Put in the chicken thighs and let this sit, for at least 4 hours, in the fridge.
  • Heat the oil in a large pan and make the breading station.
  • Fill a bowl with the flour, cayenne pepper, black pepper, salt and the onion powder. Mix it all up.
  • Fill the other bowl with six eggs and whisk it till they are all lose.
  • Take the chicken out of the brine and in to the bowl with flour mixture. Make sure the flour sticks to all the sides of the chicken.
  • Next put it in the egg wash and back in the flour. Then it’s time to put it in the hot oil.
  • Fry the chicken until the outside is golden brown. Let it drip out on a piece of paper towel or a cooling rack.
  • When you want your chicken crazy hot, now is the time to sprinkle on some of the crazy hot chicken rub.
  • Toast a bun, put on some mayonnaise and pickles and the fried chicken. Take a bite and see if you got what it takes to be on Hot Ones.



Calories: 1495kcalCarbohydrates: 214gProtein: 58gFat: 43gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 14gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 374mgSodium: 4187mgPotassium: 774mgFiber: 10gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1618IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 159mgIron: 15mg
Keyword Chicken, Chickenthighs, Deep fried, hot, Nashville, Snack
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