Nashville Hot Chicken from KFC

Nashville Hot Chicken has been on our radar for a while now, and we considered recreating the recipe to try at home, but KFC has taken care of it for us. Thank you Colonel Sanders Inc.

While not exactly “hot wings”, we’re including this unique chicken in our Week of Wings 7 – Day 4. It’s a shame KFC doesn’t offer their Nashville Hot Chicken in a “wing only” version.

Nashville Hot Chicken from KFC

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We don’t often post about fast foods – our friend “Q” over at BrandEating.com does an awesome job of those reviews – but we just had to share this with our readers.

Quick backstory about the recipe: Nashville Hot Chicken originated in the 1930’s at Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack in Nashville, Tennessee.

Hot chicken or Nashville hot chicken is a type of fried chicken that is a local specialty of Nashville, Tennessee, in the United States. In its typical preparation, it is a portion of breast, thigh, or wing that has been marinated in a water-based blend of seasoning, floured, fried, and finally sauced using a paste that has been spiced with cayenne pepper. It is served atop slices of white bread with pickle chips. It is both the application of a spicy paste and the presentation that differentiates it from similar dishes, such as Buffalo wings. Source: Hot Chicken on Wikipedia

Our thoughts on the KFC Nashville Hot Chicken:

First of all, thank you Colonel Sanders for your stamp of approval – as evidenced on the sticker on our order:

kfc nashville chicken hot sticker

See, it’s right there on the sticker.

We’ll keep this short and sweet spicy.

This is some of the best spicy chicken we’ve ever had. Without a doubt. Bar none. Period.
Ok, you get the idea. We like it.

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KFC’s Nashville Hot Chicken sauce is a super spicy oil based mixture

Remarkably, KFC’s original Extra Crispy Chicken stays… well, extra crispy – even after being doused with the spicy oil. It must be science!

How it’s made – (the unofficial secret recipe):

1. Take KFC Extra Crispy Chicken parts (or tenders for you tenderfoots)
2. Douse them with a spicy oil laced with cayenne powder, chili powder, brown sugar, garlic, salt and pepper
3. Do this all over the parts again
4. Toss on a couple of dill pickle chips just for fun (and faux authenticity)
5. Bam! You’re in Nashville, eating Hot Chicken – or as close as you’ll get

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KFC Nashville Hot Chicken

We purchased the 8 piece Family Meal, that included 2 breasts, 2 thighs, 2 legs, and 2 wings – along with 2 sides.

Heat Level: Rated 3.5 out of 5 Stars – Very spicy! Hot.

Overall Flavor: Rated 4 out of 5 Stars – Best spicy chicken we’ve had from a fast food joint. Unique and savory!

Enjoy with KFC’s really decent cole slaw and a good cola. Oh, and biscuits.

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Nashville Hot Chicken Tenders from KFC

KFC also offers Nashville Hot Tenders that sport the same spicy sauce drizzled over their crispy chicken tenders.

Seriously, we think this offering trumps the best of what Popeye’s has ever offered.

Go get some now. Then come back and tell us what you think. We’ll wait.

More Week of Wings 7

Week of Wings 7 – Day 1: Moore’s Original Buffalo Wing Sauce
Week of Wings 7 – Day 2: Old Bay Butter Wings
Week of Wings 7 – Day 3: Moore’s Blue Cheese Buffalo and Creamy Ranch Buffalo Wing Sauces
Week of Wings 7 – Day 4: Nashville Hot Chicken from KFC
Week of Wings 7 – Day 5: The Flaming Chicken Hot Garlic Wing Sauce

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Comments

  1. I will have to check that one out. Thanks Brian.

  2. RubeRad says:

    Thanks for the review, I happened to try the hot chicken last night, and it was pretty good. I wouldn’t say it’s super-good in absolute terms, but it’s definitely the best thing you can get from KFC. Very tasty. I made a special trip to KFC just to try it, and I’m glad I did. I hope it stays on the menu permanently.

    I thought the presentation would be improved if they had chosen a plastic container other than black, so the redness of the sauce would be a treat for the eyes.

    I didn’t find it to really be hot hot, you said 3 1/2 out of 5 stars, I would have said 2 or 2 1/2. I wonder if there are variations in the sauce between restaurants/regions? (I’m in San Diego)

    I’ve never had Popeye’s, strangely, I shoudl check them out too.

    I also find it strange that KFC doesn’t do wings — what happens to the wings from all those chickens they serve?

    • You make some good points, RR.
      I agree a white tray would show of the color better, but the black tray says “Hot” better.

      Heat level is subjective. I think mine was doused fairly heavily, and the amount of chili powder and other seasonings squirted onto the chicken depends on how vigorously the server shakes up the squirt bottle.

      Last time I was at KFC, I complained that they don’t offer wings as an option. Sure, you can buy a single wing, but at $1.69 each, it’s not practical.

  3. Delilah says:

    KFC’s Nashville Hot Chicken has a nice kick but it’s not super spicy, so I’d also give it a 2 1/2.

    My area’s Popyeye’s in Kentucky can be pretty spicy at times but they’re not consistent. Sometimes it’s super spicy while other times I can barely taste it.

    • Thanks, Delilah, I’m glad you said “nice kick”… at least you like it.

      Our Popeye’s is the same way – I guess most fast food chains are inconsistent, considering that it’s mostly kids that work at them.

  4. I should probably be shot since I got to Nashville 12 times a year for the past 15 years and have never had Nashville hot chicken. I know, right?

  5. Marie says:

    I work at KFC in Chattanooga and we do offer wings. You can substitute the breast, leg, or thing for a wing, although you will not get as much chicken with a wing it is a great thing to get when you are just trying it or if you just want a couple of bites. All of the chicken in our Nashville hot can be substituted for a different piece as long as it is the extra crispy, also the cole slaw can be substituted for a side of your choice and if you do not want the biscuit in the same container tell them and they will put it in a box of its own, same with the pickles.

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