Last updated June 27, 2018

Nashville Hot Chicken is fried chicken with a flavor punch from a special hot sauce. I’ve created a grilled Nashville hot chicken that’s going to change the way you crave hot wings.

bowl of nashville hot chicken with sauce and pickles on side

I’ve been to Nashville quite a few times in the past year, and on every trip, I have to grab a basket of Nashville Hot Chicken. I grew up in Kentucky, so I’m no stranger to amazing fried chicken, but Nashville does things a little differently. After they fry their chicken, they dump it in a bowl of melted fat and spices.

Some use lard, others use oil or butter combinations. And the spice level ranges from mild to XXXHot. You can read more about Nashville Hot Chicken, and why a bitter, revengeful woman created it in the 1930s.

Instead of frying chicken, this recipe mimics the Nashville Hot Chicken approach with grilled chicken wings.

bowl of Grilled Nashville Hot Chicken

I love the Char-Broil Oil-less Turkey Fryer for wings. You can set the wings in the canister and cook them without having to nurture them. They are super crispy outside and nice and juicy inside every time.

If you don’t have a Char-Broil Oil-less Turkey Fryer, you can grill the chicken wings on a gas or charcoal grill. Heat the grill to medium heat and cook the wings turning occasionally for 20-25 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 165.

pan of grilled chicken on right, bowl of chicken in nashville hot sauce on left

After grilling the wings, give them a dunk. This Nashville hot chicken sauce is medium to medium hot, and it makes enough to sauce about a dozen wings. If you prefer things a little more mild, reduce the cayenne pepper and replace it with paprika.

bowl of Grilled Nashville Hot Chicken

bowl of nashville hot chicken with sauce and pickles on side

Grilled Nashville Hot Chicken

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grilled, hot chicken, nashville
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 3
Calories: 778 kcal
Author: Christie Vanover
Nashville Hot Chicken is fried chicken with a flavor punch from a special hot sauce. We've created a grilled Nashville hot chicken that's going to change the way you crave hot wings.
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Ingredients

  • 12 chicken wings
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Nashville Hot Sauce

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • pickle slices

Instructions

  1. Combine the kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder in a small bowl. Sprinkle on all sides of the chicken wings.
  2. Heat the Char-Broil Oil-less Turkey Fryer. Add the wings to the basket in a single layer and cook for 35 minutes. Add the lid and continue cooking for 10 more minutes, or until the skin is golden brown.
  3. Heat the oil in a saucepot over medium heat. Whisk in the cayenne pepper, brown sugar, smoked paprika and 1 teaspoon garlic powder, and continue cooking for 1 minute to make the Nashville Hot Sauce.
  4. Immediately after you pull the chicken from the oil-less fryer, dip each wing into the Nashville Hot Sauce.
  5. Serve with pickles.
Nutrition Facts
Grilled Nashville Hot Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 778 Calories from Fat 612
% Daily Value*
Fat 68g105%
Saturated Fat 38g238%
Cholesterol 148mg49%
Sodium 919mg40%
Potassium 434mg12%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 2815IU56%
Vitamin C 5.4mg7%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.