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Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich with fries in the background
5 from 45 votes

Nashville-Style Hot Chicken Sandwich

Crispy Nashville-style hot chicken sandwich with a juicy and tender center. Served with homemade creamy coleslaw, mayo, and bread and butter pickle chips in a brioche bun.
Author Diana
Servings 4 sandwiches
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Brine time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 2 medium chicken breasts sliced into 4 cutlets
  • oil for frying


  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar-based hot sauce
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • teaspoons salt

For the dipping oil

  • ½ cup frying oil
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne powder
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

To make the sandwiches

  • 4 burger buns buttered and toasted
  • bread and butter pickle chips
  • coleslaw
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise


  • Brine the chicken if time allows it. Slice the chicken into cutlets, and place in a glass bowl with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Remove the chicken from the fridge and bread it. In a shallow bowl, mix the all-purpose flour with salt and pepper. And in a second bowl, whisk the buttermilk with hot sauce.
  • Take about a tablespoon of the buttermilk mixture and place it in the flour, then using your hands rub the flour to create little crumbles.
  • Dredge the chicken in flour and shake off any excess, then dip in buttermilk, and back into the flour. Shake off any excess flour.
    breading a chicken breast
  • Heat 1-2 inches of oil in a dutch oven to 350˚F (160°C). Add chicken, 2 pieces at a time and fry for 3-4 minutes on one side, then for 3 more minutes on the other side. The chicken is ready when the internal temperature reaches 160°F (74°C). Remove immediately and place on a cooling rack in the oven to keep it warm as you fry the rest.
  • To make the Nashville hot sauce, in a small bowl, combine the sauce ingredients, then as you're frying the chicken, take about half a cup of the hot oil and cover the spices with it. Give it a quick mix, and baste the chicken with it. Make sure to do this while the chicken is still hot to avoid greasy chicken.
    Make the hot sauce
  • Build the crispy chicken sandwich by spreading mayo on your toasted buns, followed by the fried chicken, coleslaw, and pickle chips.


Calories: 724kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 1457mg | Potassium: 586mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 609IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 4mg