Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwiches

Updated: Aug 1, 2021





Yum! These sandwiches are absolutely amazing. I have tried a few different recipes, but this one was the best. It's a long recipe, but indulge me. This will be a keeper. I guarantee it.



How hot are these sandwiches?


These are quite spicy. You can adjust the spice according to your family's spice level. If you cannot handle the heat, then reduce the amount of spicy in the Nashville sauce. But the slaw will cut through that spice and will create a beautiful balance in flavour.


Can we use red cabbage in the slaw?


Yes of course. I didn't have any on hand which is why I didn't use any. but I love the flavour of red cabbage and its colour is so vibrant and would make these sandwiches all the more amazing.


Can we bake the chicken instead?


I haven't tried baking the chicken, but I would suggest frying. Baking the chicken will not get you that crunchy exterior. Just consider it a cheat meal for those who are on a diet.


Do you have a recipe for the brioche buns? I can't find them at the shops.


Yes. I have uploaded a recipe for the brioche buns on the site. The recipe is here. This recipe is so easy and the buns taste delicious. They are best served warm and preferably straight from the oven and smothered in butter. I ate 2 while waiting for them to cool. No judging please.









Preparation Time 5 hours including brining time

Cook Time 20 minutes

Serves 4


Ingredients


4 chicken breasts

3 cups buttermilk- divided

2 tablespoons & 2 teaspoons salt- divided

2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup corn starch

2 tablespoons hot seasoning mix ( recipe below)

1 egg

2 tablespoons hot sauce

oil- for frying


Hot Seasoning Mix


1 tablespoon cayenne

1 tablespoon paprika

1 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 1/2 teaspoons chicken seasoning

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder



Nashville Sauce


4 Tablespoons butter- melted

1 tablespoon hot seasoning mix

2 teaspoons cayenne

2 teaspoons honey


Slaw


2 cups cabbage- shredded

1 tablespoon vinegar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper- optional

2 tablespoons mayonnaise


Pickles- for garnish

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

2 tablespoons hot sauce

Fries/ potato wedges - to serve






Instructions


  1. Combine the ingredients for the hot seasoning mix. Mix and set aside.

  2. Pound the chicken breasts to even thinness.

  3. Combine the buttermilk and 2 tablespoons salt in a bowl. Mix well. Add the chicken and mix well. Brine the chicken in the fridge for 4 hours.

  4. After 4 hours, remove the chicken from the buttermilk, ensuring that you shake off any excess buttermilk. Discard of this buttermilk.

  5. In a clean bowl, mix the flour, corn starch, 2 teaspoons salt and 2 tablespoons hot seasoning mix.

  6. In a separate bowl, combine 1 cup buttermilk, the egg and 2 tablespoons hot sauce. Mix well and set aside.

  7. Dredge each piece of chicken in the seasoned flour, then into the buttermilk and back into the seasoned flour again. Get a good coating the second time around. shake off the excess flour. Rest the chicken for 30 minutes.

  8. Pour 3 niches of oil in a pan. Heat the oil to 180c. Fry 3-4 pieces of the chicken at one time. Fry the chicken for 3-4 minutes each side, until golden brown and crispy. The internal temperature of the chicken should be 160c.

  9. Rest the chicken on a wire rack until ready to use.

  10. Make the Nashville Sauce: combine the melted butter, seasoning mix, cayenne and honey. Mix to combine and keep the sauce warm.

  11. Combine 2 tablespoons mayonnaise and 2 tablespoons hot sauce to make the spicy mayonnaise.

  12. to make the slaw, combine all the ingredients and set aside.

  13. Toast the brioche buns, spread spicy mayonnaise on the bun, add the chicken, baste the chicken in the Nashville hot sauce. Top with the slaw and sliced pickles. Finally close the sandwich with the top of the bun. Insert a skewer to keep the sandwich in place.

  14. Serve with fries or potato wedges.


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