Nashville hot chickenNashville hot chicken is a dish that was born out of necessity and has since become one of the most popular dishes in Tennessee. The story goes that a woman named Thornton Prince created the dish out of desperation after her husband returned home from World War II and was craving something spicy.

She made him some fried chicken with hot sauce, and Nashville hot chicken was born. Today, it’s one of the most famous dishes in Nashville, and there are plenty of places to get your fix. If you’re visiting Nashville or just want to try this spicy dish at home, here’s everything you need to know about Nashville hot chicken.

My family wants me to make it a few times a month and my wife asked me to put a twist on this batch, so what did I do? Well, I made some Nashville Hot Chicken Burritos with a delicious creamy slaw.

The slaw balances out the heat nicely, and to be honest, this was one of the best versions of Nashville Hot Chicken that I have ever had! Okay, let’s jump into the recipe!

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Nashville Hot Chicken Burritos

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 3 lbs Chicken breast, cut into tenders (you can use chicken thighs, too)
  • 12” flour tortillas, for the burritos
  • Mexican quesadilla cheese

Buttermilk Brine

  • 6 cups Buttermilk
  • 1 ½ cups Pickle juice
  • 1 cup Hot sauce

Breading For Tenders

  • 4 cups All-Purpose flour
  • 2 cups Corn starch
  • 3 tbsp Cayenne
  • 3 tbsp Garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp Mexican chili powder

Nashville Hot Chicken Blend

  • 3 tbsp Cayenne
  • 2 tbsp Brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp Mexican chili powder
  • 1 tbsp Smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp Garlic powder
  • 2 tsp Red pepper flakes
  • 1-2 cups Cooking oil

Creamy Slaw

  • head Thinly chopped head of cabbage
  • 1 ½ Whole carrots thinly sliced
  • 1 Jalapeño diced and seeded
  • 2 tbsp Mayo
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp Red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper

Sriracha Mayo

  • 1 cup Mayo
  • 2 tbsp Sriracha
  • 3 tsp Honey

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  1. Start off by patting dry your chicken thighs and seasoning them with smoked buffalo seasoning (or your favorite chicken seasoning, be sure to make sure it has some heat to it), season generously.
  2. Add your buttermilk into a large mixing bowl and add the Korean chili flakes. Whisk and add the chicken thighs. You can marinate for 2 hours or 24 hours.
  3. When the time expires (the marinating time) add your peanut oil into a frying pan and get the oil to 325 degrees. 
  4. Get a saucepan over medium heat and make your hot honey sauce. Add the butter and let it melt, add the honey, hot sauce, syrup, and garlic paste. Whisk and let simmer for 6-8 mins. Now place the setting on low to keep warm.
  5. Create the breading mixture. Add the all-purpose flour with smoked buffalo seasoning, garlic powder, seasoned salt, black pepper, and Korean chili flakes. Whisk until it’s nicely combined.
  6. When the oil is 325 degrees begin to bread your chicken. Do it in this order, remove the chicken from the buttermilk (just lift it out and let it drip for 10 seconds) and add to the flour combination. Use your dry hand to coat the chicken thoroughly and then add it back to the buttermilk, dunk it and mix for a few seconds and then add it back to the flour mixture. Be sure to press the flour mixture onto the chicken to make sure it’s coated nicely. Now it is ready for frying, repeat this step for all of your chicken (place the floured chicken on a sheet pan until it’s ready for frying, do not wait too long).
  7. Add 2-3 pieces of chicken into the frying oil and fry for 4 minutes. Remove and let cool for a few minutes and then place it back in for a double fry. Fry for an additional 2 1/2 – 3 minutes (I like to get my chicken thighs to 175 internal temp). 
  8. Once they are fried, add them to the hot honey sauce and coat them generously. Now place on a wire rack and add the Colby cheese. You can melt it with a torch or under a broiler.
  9. Toast your buns and assemble.
  10. Assemble with mayo on the top and bottom buns, add a layer of pickles on the bottom bun, and then the Hot Honey Chicken Thigh.
  11. Enjoy with friends and family!

So, the next time you’re in the mood for a delicious Nashville hot chicken burrito, try out this recipe! Not only will you get to enjoy the fantastic flavors of this dish, but you can also make them at home with ease.

And if that wasn’t enough, we’ve even got a great coleslaw recipe to go with them! So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and give these recipes a try – we promise you won’t be disappointed.

Did you enjoy these Nashville hot chicken burritos recipe? You’ll love my other chicken recipes in the link below!

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Items used in This Recipe

Hasty-Bake Grill

Knitted Gloves

Cast Iron Skillet 

Meater +

Charcoal Chimney

Charcoal Starters

Firestarter Guard

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