IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.

Nashville-Style Hot Chicken

RATE THIS RECIPE
(109)
Jeff Mauro's recipe for spicy fried chicken sandwiches
TODAY Show: Jeff Mauro spices things up in the kitchen with a spicy fried chicken sandwich for a hot Valentine’s Day date. – February 8, 2016Samantha Okazaki / TODAY
RATE THIS RECIPE
(109)

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 5 tablespoons Cayenne
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon favorite hot sauce
  • 3 quarts vegetable oil
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, seasoned with salt and pepper

Chef notes

Jeff Mauro of Food Network's "The Kitchen" is sharing his great date night dish that will bring some heat to your evening.

Preparation

In a large heat-resistant bowl, whisk together cayenne, sugar, chili powder, granulated garlic, paprika, salt and pepper. Sprinkle on all sides of chicken and let it sit for at least an hour, in the fridge, up to 3 hours.

In a large Dutch oven, heat oil until 350.

Whisk together eggs, buttermilk and hot sauce.  Dunk chicken in buttermilk mixture, then dredge in seasoned flour.  Coat thoroughly then gently drop into fryer in batches if necessary and fry until golden brown, about 10-12 minutes. 

 Once chicken is removed, add about 1 large ladle full (6-8 oz) to spice mixture to let it bloom. Be careful, as it will bubble aggressively.  Whisk until smooth.

 Place chicken on wire-racked sheet and brush with desired quantities of bloomed spices in oil.