Can’t make it to the Music City anytime soon? Then try out this Baked Nashville Hot Chicken at home!
Course: Main Course, Sandwich
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: chicken, fried chicken, Nashville hot chicken
For the Chicken
4bonelessskinless chicken breasts
For the Dry Dip
For the Wet Dip
½TbspLouisiana-style hot sauceI used Tabasco
For the Coating
For the Spicy Oil
1-3tspcayenne peppersee note
White sandwich bread
Rinse chicken breasts and pat dry with paper towel. Rub/press salt and black pepper into both sides of chicken. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
Preheat oven to 425°F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray with non-stick cooking spray; set pan aside.
Using a medium bowl, whisk the Dry Dip ingredients (flour, salt and pepper) together until well blended; set aside.
In a separate medium bowl, whisk the Wet Dip ingredients (egg, buttermilk, hot sauce) together until well blended; set aside.
Place the Panko crumbs on a plate or in a third shallow bowl.
Working with one chicken breast at a time, dredge the chicken in the Dry Dip, then dip into the Wet Dip and finally dredge in Panko. (Tip: Press the Panko crumbs gently into the chicken so they stick.) Repeat with remaining chicken breasts.
Place chicken breasts on prepared baking sheet. Bake at 425°F for 10 minutes. Flip chicken over and continue baking for 10-12 more minutes, or until chicken is fully cooked. (Note: Baking time will vary based on thickness of chicken breasts.)
While chicken is baking, whisk together all ingredients for Spicy Oil (olive oil, cayenne pepper, brown sugar, salt, pepper, chili powder, paprika and garlic powder). Once chicken is fully baked, brush tops of chicken with Spicy Oil.
Serve hot chicken on white sandwich bread topped with pickle slices.
Adjust the amount of cayenne to your personal preference. Or make two half-batches of the Spicy Oil with different levels of heat. We found that 1–1½ teaspoons of cayenne pepper was noticeably spicy without killing your taste buds. But feel free to play around here!