Nashville Hot Fried Chicken Recipe

Indulge in the fiery flavors of Nashville with this tantalizing hot fried chicken recipe. Crispy, juicy, and loaded with spices, it’s a surefire way to add some heat to your mealtime!


  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • ½ cup hot sauce (such as Frank’s RedHot)
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Sliced white bread and pickles, for serving (optional)


  1. In a large bowl, marinate the chicken thighs in buttermilk for at least 1 hour or overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper.
  3. Heat vegetable oil in a deep skillet or Dutch oven to 350°F (175°C).
  4. Remove the chicken thighs from the buttermilk, allowing excess to drip off. Dredge each piece in the seasoned flour mixture, shaking off any excess.
  5. Carefully place the coated chicken thighs into the hot oil, skin-side down. Fry for about 6-8 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked through. Ensure the internal temperature reaches 165°F (75°C).
  6. While the chicken is frying, in a small saucepan, combine the hot sauce, butter, and brown sugar. Heat over low heat until the butter is melted and the sauce is well combined.
  7. Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the oil and drain on a wire rack or paper towels.
  8. Brush the hot sauce mixture generously over each piece of fried chicken.
  9. Serve the Nashville hot fried chicken immediately with sliced white bread and pickles for an authentic Nashville experience, or enjoy it on its own for a spicy kick!

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