How To Make KFC Nashville Hot Chicken At Home

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The KFC Nashville hot chicken is a fiery and spicy chicken. It is dipped in seasoned flour and a hot-sauce batter. Once dipped and dredged, the chicken is fried to make it crispy. But that’s not it. Once these are fried, they are covered in a spicy oil. Yes, you heard right! The spicy oil is nothing but a combination of spices, sugar, and hot oil. This will make the chicken extra hot. 

KFC Nashville Hot Chicken

The KFC Nashville hot chicken is a fan-favorite and a viral KFC recipe. But what will you do if you find out that your nearest KFC runs out of it? Simple! You make it at home. The recipe is a bit extensive but the chicken turns out to be amazing. There’s a lot of spice in this chicken. 

To make this recipe, you need to season the chicken, make the seasoned flour, make the spicy batter and also keep the spicy oil ready. Once all the prep is done, all you need to do is dip and fry the chicken. Here’s how you can make the KFC Nashville Hot Chicken. But before getting the instructions, check out our other copycat recipes from KFC down below.

1. KFC Secret Sauce – KFC secret sauce is a perfect dressing for salads. This sauce is also paired with sandwiches, burgers, or KFC chicken. It has ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, onion juice, garlic, Tabasco sauce, chili sauce, mayonnaise, and seasoning spices. This delicious blend of flavors gives a sweet and tangy taste with a hint of spiciness from mustard and seasoning spices.

2. KFC Chicken Drumsticks – KFC chicken drumsticks has tender chicken seasoned and dredged in seasoned flour and egg mixture. This chicken is deep-fried until it’s crispy and golden brown. These juicy crispy drumsticks are served with sauce or a dip. 

3. KFC Pepper Mayonnaise – KFC pepper mayonnaise is a spicy dip. This dip is infused with lemon juice, mustard, red pepper, garlic, oil, and egg. This smooth creamy dip can be enjoyed with snacks, chicken, salads, or any other side dish. 

4. KFC Coleslaw – KFC coleslaw is a delicious mixture of shredded cabbage, onions, and carrots. This mixture is dressed with the flavors of lemon juice, vinegar, milk, mayonnaise mixture, and buttermilk. It’s a healthy side dish paired with any main course food item. 

What Equipment Will You Need To Make KFC Nashville Hot Chicken?

  • Large Bowls – You’ll be needing three large bowls to make this recipe. One for the seasoned flour, one for the batter, and one heat-safe bowl for the spicy oil. 
  • Large Frying Pan – Fry your chicken tenders in a large frying pan. 
  • Tongs, Slotted Spoon, Whisk, and Knife – Use the tongs for picking and dipping the chicken. The slotted spoon will help you take the chicken out of the pan when they’re fried. Use the whisk for mixing and the knife for slicing. 

How Much Time Will You Need To Make KFC Nashville Hot Chicken?

Preparation TimeCooking Time Total Time
45 Minutes15 Minutes1 Hour

What Ingredients Will You Need To Make KFC Nashville Hot Chicken?

For The Chicken

  • Chicken Breasts – Pat the chicken dry and cut them into thin long strips. 
  • Salt – Season the chicken with salt and let it chill. 
  • Vegetable Oil – Fry the tenders in vegetable oil. 

For The Seasoned Flour

  • All-Purpose Flour, Cornstarch, and Baking Powder – Mix the flour, cornstarch, and baking powder together and cover the chicken with it. This will help us get the chicken crispy. 
  • Garlic Powder, Chili Powder, Salt, Dry Mustard Powder, and Black Pepper – These are the spices that go into the flour. 

For The Batter

  • Buttermilk – Buttermilk will help tender the already tender chicken. 
  • Egg – Egg will also help richen the taste of the chicken. 
  • Vinegar-Based Hot Sauce – I feel the Nashville hot sauce will go perfectly with the Nashville hot chicken. 
  • Pickle Juice – Pickle juice will add tang and acidity to the batter. 
  • Baking Powder – Add a pinch of baking powder to the batter. It’ll act as leavening in the batter. 

For The Spicy Oil

  • Light Brown Sugar – Add a nutty and mild sweetness to the oil with some brown sugar. 
  • Cayenne Powder, Chili Powder, Dry Mustard Powder, Garlic Powder, and Salt – These are the spices that go into the spicy oil. 
  • Frying Oil – Lastly, add a dash of hot oil into these spices and sugar and mix. 
KFC Nashville Hot Chicken

Steps To Make KFC Nashville Hot Chicken

1. Get All The Prep Done

Take the chicken strips and season them with salt. Chill the chicken in the refrigerator for half an hour. This will help to dry out the chicken strips. 

Now, make the seasoned flour. In a bowl, mix flour, cornstarch, and baking powder. Then, add garlic powder, chili powder, salt, dry mustard powder, and black pepper into the bowl and mix.

Get ready to make the spicy batter. In another large bowl, pour buttermilk. Then, whisk in the hot sauce along with egg, pickle juice, and baking powder. 

Lastly, add brown sugar, cayenne powder, chili powder, dry mustard powder, garlic powder, and salt into a heat-safe bowl. Mix them and then pour some hot frying oil into the bowl. Whisk them together and keep the bowl aside.

2. Hot Oil For Hot Chicken

Now, heat oil in a large frying pan to a temperature of 365℉. This will make it crispy. Take the chicken and dip it in the seasoned flour. Take it out and dip in the spicy batter. Take the chicken out and shake to remove the extra batter. Dredge it in the seasoned flour once again.

Once the chicken tenders are breaded, place them in hot oil and fry them for both sides for 7-8 minutes until they are golden and crispy.

3. Coat In Spice Oil

When the tenders are fried, toss them in the bowl with the spicy oil to coat them. Place them on a serving plate and serve it with your hot chicken. Enjoy your delicious KFC Nashville hot chicken!

Nutritional Information

Calories220 kcal
Fat16 g
Saturated Fat2.5 g
Cholesterol25 mg
Sodium460 mg
Carbohydrates9 g
Fiber10 g
Sugar1 g
Protein10 g

How Will The KFC Nashville Hot Chicken Look And Taste Like?

The KFC Nashville hot chicken is a fiery hot chicken and is perfect for spice-lovers. The chicken is spicy through and through. The crispy chicken is tender and juicy on the inside. Serve it with ranch if you want to tone its spice. 

Recipe Card

KFC Nashville Hot Chicken

KFC Nashville Hot Chicken Recipe

The KFC Nashville hot chicken is an amazing crispy and spicy fried chicken. The chicken is cut into strips. It is then covered in spicy flour and batter. The chicken is fried and then covered with a spicy oil sauce. This fiery chicken is an amazing one and tastes great with any dip.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course copycat
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 220 kcal

Equipment

3 Large Bowls
Large Frying Pan
Tongs
Slotted Spoon
Knife

Ingredients
  

For The Chicken

  • 2 large Chicken Breasts (cut into 10-12 strips)
  • Salt (to season)
  • Vegetable Oil (for frying)

For The Seasoned Flour

  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 3 tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 2 tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Dry Mustard Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder

For The Batter

  • ¾ cup Buttermilk
  • 1 large Egg
  • 2 tablespoons Vinegar-Based Hot Sauce
  • ¼ cup Pickle Juice
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder

For The Spicy Oil

  • 1 tablespoon Light Brown Sugar
  • 2 ½ tablespoons Cayenne Powder
  • 2 tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Dry Mustard Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ¾ cup Frying Oil

Instructions
 

  • Take the chicken strips and season them with salt. Chill the chicken in the refrigerator for half an hour.
  • In a bowl, mix flour, cornstarch, and baking powder. Then, add garlic powder, chili powder, salt, dry mustard powder, and black pepper into the bowl and mix.
  • In another large bowl, pour buttermilk. Then, whisk in the hot sauce along with egg, pickle juice, and baking powder.
  • Lastly, add brown sugar, cayenne powder, chili powder, dry mustard powder, garlic powder, and salt into a heat-safe bowl. Mix them and then pour some hot frying oil into the bowl. Whisk them together and keep the bowl aside.
  • Now, heat oil in a large frying pan to a temperature of 365℉. Take the chicken and dip it in the seasoned flour. Take it out and dip in the spicy batter. Take the chicken out and shake to remove the extra batter. Dredge it in the seasoned flour once again.
  • Once the chicken tenders are breaded, place them in hot oil and fry them for both sides for 7-8 minutes until they are golden and crispy.
  • When the tenders are fried, toss them in the bowl with the spicy oil to coat them.
  • Place them on a serving plate and serve it with your hot chicken. Enjoy your delicious KFC Nashville hot chicken!

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Nutrition

Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2.5g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 460mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 1g
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