Nashville Extra-Hot Fried Chicken
Getting scorching hot fried chicken outside of Nashville is nearly impossible. We set out to bring this sweat-inducing treat home.
Why This Recipe Works
Creating a spicy exterior for our Nashville Extra-Hot Fried Chicken proved tricky; most techniques we tried kept the heat superficial. By blooming the spices (cooking them in oil for a short period), we created a complex yet still lip-burning spicy flavor. Injecting spicy flavor into the chicken required adding a healthy amount of hot sauce to the brine, making the flavor more than skin deep. Most recipes that called for fiery cayenne pepper added fractions of a teaspoon. Our Nashville Extra-Hot Fried Chicken recipe requires more than 36 times the usual amount.