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Nashville Hot Chicken Sliders

There’s nothing like a Nashville Hot Chicken Sliders and this simple recipe takes it up a notch. Who doesn’t love sandwiches in slider form?

Nashville Hot Chicken Sliders

Sliders are such a fun and appetizing way to kick off any gathering, whether it be a hot chicken slider like this one or a Smash Burger Sliders with Spicy Date SpreadThe spread alone is good enough to pour in a glass and drink! Who isn’t down for a slider party? How cool would that be? Everyone make a slider, bring them to my house, and then leave. Did I mention the party was for one? haha.

Nashville hot chicken sandwich joints have slowly made their way to the Louisville region (Joella’s Kitchen) and I AM SO HAPPY ABOUT IT. I LOVE spicy food, but if you don’t you may want to alter the amount of cayenne you use…cause ??

This chicken is moist beyond belief. Seriously, I have never made fried chicken so delectable. If you don’t have a good meat thermometer I highly recommend getting one to ensure you don’t overcook your chicken. I like these as sliders but traditionally hot chicken is served on white bread, so you could do that if you want to keep it authentic. 

Nashville Hot Chicken Sliders

These sandwiches are the perfect dish for a party of any kind. I recently made these as an appetizer for a birthday party and they were gone in seconds, I wish I had made double!

You may not know, or maybe you do, but these sandwiches have been popular for over 80 years and originated at Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack, a black-owned restaurant in Nashville, TN. I have yet to visit, but it’s definitely a bucket list item.  

Nashville Hot Chicken Sliders

Try it. You won’t be sorry.

Nashville Hot Chicken Sliders

 

Nashville Hot Chicken Sliders

 

Nashville Hot Chicken Sliders

 

Nashville Hot Chicken Sliders

Nashville Hot Chicken Sliders

Nashville Hot Chicken Sliders

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 8 slider buns
  • 6 cups canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce
  • 2 tbsp cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp honey

Instructions

  1. Prepare two bowls to coat chicken. In the first bowl, place egg, milk, and hot sauce and mix well. Into the second bowl, combine flour, salt & black pepper.
  2. Cut each chicken thigh half and pat them dry with a paper towel.
  3. In a dutch oven or heavy cast-iron skillet, heat oil until it reaches 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Take a piece of chicken and coat it in flour, then egg mix, then back into the flour. Repeat until all pieces are coated.
  5. When the oil is up to temp, fry a few pieces at a time, not overcrowding the pan. Allow the oil to return to temperature before adding the next batch. Fry each piece until golden brown, with internal temperature measuring 165 degrees Fahrenheit (about 6 minutes per side). As you remove the pieces, place them on a rack over the foil to cool.
  6. In another bowl, combine cayenne, chili powder, garlic, paprika, and honey along with 1/2 cup of the frying oil. Stir well, then brush this oil solution over the fried chicken pieces.
  7. Serve on slider buns with thick-cut pickles.

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Le-Vy

Sunday 7th of February 2021

Excellent recipe! This was our 2nd time trying it and the fried breaded chicken is always perfect; the only issue is the sauce clumping (honey & spices not mixing with the fry oil). This happened both times we tried the recipe... not sure what we're doing wrong??

Sarah

Tuesday 10th of November 2020

This was so good, a bit too spicy for some but perfect for me. I did have trouble with the sauce clumping, didn’t mix well & was lore of a paste to spread on chicken. This is one of our favorites now.

Paige

Thursday 12th of November 2020

Thanks, Sarah! One of my favorites as well and even though it's a labor of love, it's worth it!

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