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platter of fried nashville hot chicken with pickles

Fried Nashville Hot Chicken

Nashville Hot Chicken is fried and dunked in hot oil combined with spices, making it extra crispy and flavorful.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4


Optional Sides

  • 4 slices white bread
  • pickles


  • Prep Chicken: Break the chicken down into 8 pieces (2 breasts, 2 drumsticks, 2 thighs, 2 wings).
  • Prepare Dredge: In a medium bowl, combine the flour and 2 tablespoons of Derek Wolf Nashville Hot Chicken Seasoning. In another bowl, combine the buttermilk and Tabasco sauce.
  • Dredge Chicken: Place each piece of chicken in the flour. Shake it off. Dip in the buttermilk. Shake a bit. Dredge back in the flour. Shake it again. Place on a rack over a sheet pan.
  • Heat Oil: Pour the peanut oil in a large cast iron skillet or Dutch oven. Heat it to 350-375F degrees.
  • Fry Chicken: Add a few pieces of chicken at a time to the skillet. Once the underside becomes nice and golden, give it a flip. Continue cooking to an internal temperature of 165F degrees.
  • Drain: Place the cooked chicken pieces on a clean rack over a sheet pan.
  • Make Dipping Sauce: Place a strainer over a medium bowl. Ladle 1 to 1 1/2 cups of the hot oil through the strainer into the bowl. Stir in 1/4 cup of Derek Wolf Nashville Hot Chicken Seasoning.
  • Dip Chicken: Dip each piece of chicken into the hot oil, and return it to the rack to drain. Serve over white bread with pickles.



  1. Instead of buying and breaking down a whole chicken, you can also buy chicken pieces like breasts, drumsticks, legs and wings. 
  2. If you don't have buttermilk, see the substitution suggestions above.
  3. When using a 12-inch skillet, the oil should be about 3/4-inch deep.
  4. If using a smaller skillet or pot, you will use less oil and you may need to cook in batches. When it's time to cook the second batch, make sure the oil heats back up to 350-375F degrees.  
  5. If you like your hot chicken even hotter, add some cayenne to the hot oil.


Calories: 544kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 41gFat: 33gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 149mgSodium: 412mgPotassium: 701mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 5365IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 178mgIron: 5mg
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