How To Make Tasty KFC Nashville Hot Chicken At Home

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Nashville hot chicken from KFC is a fiery and spicy chicken. It’s coated in seasoned flour and then dipped in a hot-sauce batter. The chicken is then fried to make it crispy after being dipped and dredged. But that isn’t the case. After they’ve been fried, they’re dipped in a spicy oil. Yes, you read that correctly. Spices, sugar, and hot oil are all combined to make the spicy oil. This will intensify the heat of the chicken.

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The Nashville hot chicken from KFC is a fan favourite and a widely circulated KFC recipe. But what would you do if your local KFC runs out of it? Simple! It’s something you make at home. The recipe is a little lengthy, but the chicken is delicious. This chicken has a lot of heat to it.

To prepare this dish, season the chicken, prepare the seasoned flour, prepare the spicy batter, and keep the spicy oil on hand. After you’ve completed all of the preparations, all you have to do now is dip and fry the chicken. Here’s how to create KFC Nashville Hot Chicken at home.

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To make KFC Nashville Hot Chicken, you’ll need the following tools

  • Large Bowls – For this recipe, you’ll need three large bowls. One for the seasoned flour, one for the batter, and one for the spicy oil, all in a heat-safe basin.
  • Large Frying Pan — In a large frying pan, cook your chicken tenders.
  • Tongs, Slotted Spoon, Whisk, and Knife – Pick and dip the chicken with the tongs. When the chicken is done, use the slotted spoon to remove it from the pan. For combining, use the whisk, and for slicing, use the knife.
Preparation TimeCooking TimeTotal Time
45 Minutes15 Minutes1 Hour

To make KFC Nashville Hot Chicken, you’ll need the following ingredients

For The Chicken

  • Chicken Breasts — Pat the chicken dry and slice it into long, thin strips.
  • Season the chicken with salt and set it aside to chill.
  • Veggie Oil – Fry the tenders in a frying pan with vegetable oil.

For The Seasoned Flour

  • All-Purpose Flour, Cornstarch, and Baking Powder — Combine the flour, cornstarch, and baking powder in a mixing bowl and sprinkle it over the chicken. This will aid in the crisping of the chicken.
  • The spices used in the flou are garlic powder, chilli powder, salt, dry mustard powder, and black pepper.

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 – Brown sugar adds a nutty and gentle sweetness to the oil.
  • The spices that go into the spicy oil are cayenne powder, chilli powder, dry mustard powder, garlic powder, and salt.
  • Finally, add a dab of heated oil to these spices and sugar and stir to combine.

Steps To Make KFC Nashville Hot Chicken

1. Get All The Prep Done

Season the chicken strips with salt and pepper. Refrigerate the chicken for at least 30 minutes. This will assist in the drying of the chicken strips.

Make the seasoned flour now. Combine flour, cornstarch, and baking powder in a mixing dish. Then, in a mixing dish, combine garlic powder, chilli powder, salt, dry mustard powder, and black pepper.

Prepare to make the fiery batter. Pour buttermilk into a separate large mixing basin. Then, along with the egg, pickle juice, and baking powder, stir in the spicy sauce.

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Finally, in a heat-safe bowl, combine brown sugar, cayenne powder, chilli powder, dry mustard powder, garlic powder, and salt. Mix them together, then pour in some hot frying oil. Whisk them together in a separate bowl and set it aside.

2. Hot Oil For Hot Chicken

In a big frying pan, heat the oil to a temperature of 365°F. It will become crispy as a result of this. Dip the chicken in the seasoned flour and set it aside. Remove it from the oven and coat it with the spicy batter. Remove the chicken from the pan and shake it to remove any excess batter. Once more, dredge it in the seasoned flour.

After the chicken tenders have been breaded, fry them in hot oil for 7-8 minutes on each sides, until brown and crispy.

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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

Recipe for KFC Nashville Hot Chicken


The KFC Nashville hot chicken is a crispy and spicy fried chicken that is delicious. The chicken is thinly sliced. After that, it’s dusted with spice flour and batter. The chicken is cooked before being smothered in a hot oil sauce. This hot chicken is delectable and goes well with any dip.

PREP TIME-45 mins, COOK TIME-15 mins, TOTAL TIME-1 hr, CALORIES-220 kcal

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EQUIPMENT

  • 3 Large Bowls
  • Large Frying Pan
  • Tongs, Slotted Spoon, and 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

  • Season the chicken strips with salt and pepper. Refrigerate the chicken for at least 30 minutes.
    Combine flour, cornstarch, and baking powder in a mixing dish. Then, in a mixing dish, combine garlic powder, chilli powder, salt, dry mustard powder, and black pepper.
  • Pour buttermilk into a separate large mixing basin. Then, along with the egg, pickle juice, and baking powder, stir in the spicy sauce.
  • Finally, in a heat-safe bowl, combine brown sugar, cayenne powder, chilli powder, dry mustard powder, garlic powder, and salt. Mix them together, then pour in some hot frying oil. Whisk them together in a separate bowl and set it aside.
  • In a big frying pan, heat the oil to a temperature of 365°F. Dip the chicken in the seasoned flour and set it aside. Remove it from the oven and coat it with the spicy batter. Remove the chicken from the pan and shake it to remove any excess batter. Once more, dredge it in the seasoned flour.
  • After the chicken tenders have been breaded, fry them in hot oil for 7-8 minutes on each sides, until brown and crispy.
  • Toss the tenders in the basin with the spicy oil after they’ve been fried to coat them.
  • Serve them alongside your hot chicken on a serving dish. Take pleasure in your tasty KFC Nashville hot chicken!

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