Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich

One of Tennessee's claims to fame - a deliciously spicy, hot chicken sandwich.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Tennessee
Keyword: chicken, sandwich, slider, spicy, state, tennessee
Servings: 4 people
Author: HelenFern
  • 4 boneless chicken thighs, cut in half
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup dill pickle juice
Chicken Coating
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground, black pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup Franks Red Hot sauce (or similar sauce)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground, black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons light brown sugar
The Sandwich
  • 8 slider buns
  • 3 Tablespoons mayonnaise
  • Lettuce
  • tomato slices
  • pickle slices
  1. Whisk the pickle juice and buttermilk together in a marinating dish. Add the chicken.

  2. Brine for 3 to 4 hours.

  3. Drain well and discard the brine.

  1. Mix the spices with the flour in a shallow bowl. 

  2. Beat the egg, milk and hot sauce in another shallow bowl until it's all well blended.

  3. Dredge the chicken in the flour, dip it in the egg mixture and deep fry it in oil until it's golden on the outside. 

  4. Drain on paper towels.

  5. Place the chicken on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 375° for about 15 to 20 minutes.

  1. While the chicken is baking, toast the buns and make up the sauce. 

  2. Simply whisk all the ingredients for the sauce together in a small sauce pan. 

  3. Simmer gently for about 5 minutes.

Building the Sandwich
  1. Take the chicken out of the oven. 

  2. Place two buns on each plate. Add a teaspoon of mayo and a piece of chicken on each bun. 

  3. Drizzle the sauce over the chicken. 

  4. Top it with iceberg lettuce, a tomato slice and a big slice of dill pickle. You will want seconds.