Nashville Style Hot Chicken Sandwich

18.04.13

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If you've been on this list for a little bit, you will know our affinity for fried chicken. The Nashville Hot is a specific and delicious kind of hot chicken, that is, well, hot. It's really good and while it takes a bit of effort. It's delicious!

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_column_text]YIELD: 4 servings
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Fried chicken:
• Peanut oil, for frying
• 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1/2 cup cornstarch
• 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
• Kosher salt
• 1 cup buttermilk
• 2 teaspoons hot sauce
• 1 large egg
• 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, patted dry
• 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons ground cayenne
• 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
• 1 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
• 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Sandwich:
• Shredded iceberg lettuce
• Mayonnaise
• 4 soft sesame seed buns
• Bread-and-butter pickle chips[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″ css=”.vc_custom_1583889959623{margin-top: 10px !important;padding-left: 50px !important;}”][vc_column_text]METHOD[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Add a scant 1/2 inch of peanut oil to a cast-iron skillet. Set that over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, set up your dredging station: flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and a pinch of salt in a shallow bowl; buttermilk, hot sauce, egg, and a pinch of salt in another shallow bowl. Whisk each mixture with a fork until well combined.

Bread the chicken thighs: First, season the chicken with salt. Now, dredge in the dry mixture, then dunk in the buttermilk, then back into the dry. Transfer to a plate to hang out while the oil reaches temperature—figure 360° F to 375° F. If you don’t have a thermometer, drop a piece of flour mixture into the pan. It should instantly sizzle but not burn.

When the oil is hot, gingerly add the breaded chicken thighs. (If there isn’t enough space for all of them, do this in batches—overcrowding is not worth it!) Fry for about 4 1/2 minutes per side. Sprinkle with salt when done.
While they’re frying, combine the cayenne, brown sugar, garlic powder, paprika, and black pepper in a heatproof bowl. When you’re done frying the chicken, add about 1/2 cup hot frying oil to the bowl with the spices and whisk until smooth. Dunk the fried chicken in the spiced oil. (If it gets too thick at any point, just thin out with a little more hot oil.)

Build the sandwiches! Toss the lettuce with a little mayo and a pinch of salt. Slather a bottom bun half with mayo, then layer with pickles. Top with chicken, then lettuce. Slather a top bun half with more mayo, then close the sandwich. Repeat. Eat immediately.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1584215403674{margin-top: 25px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_separator color=”custom” border_width=”3″ accent_color=”#ffffff”][/vc_column][/vc_row]