Sunday, April 24, 2016

Copycat Hattie B's Hot Chicken #SundaySupper

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Today's Sunday Supper event is hosted by Sue of Palatable Pastime. Our theme is REGIONAL SPECIALTIES. I am super duper excited about it because I love trying new cuisines.

Copycat Hattie B's Hot Chicken | This Nashville specialty is spicy and perfect with a side of collard greens and mac and cheese #southern #Nashville #hotchicken #chicken #recipe

I spent 11 years in Minnesota before moving down to Tennessee. I lived here for about 7 years before moving to Georgia for 6 months and then up to New York for about 7 years. I've basically been all over on the east side of the United States. Out of the three regions I lived in, I have to say that Southern cuisine is my favorite. The comfort food is just out of this world and even in the south, there are so many different regions of different cuisines. So you get a little bit of everything and it's just straight awesome. I love living down here. For today's event, I figured I would stay true to my "new roots" (as I have no plans to live in any other state other than Tennessee ever again) and share a recipe that Nashville is known for: hot chicken.

This particular recipe is a copycat from a Nashville eatery called Hattie B's. At Hattie B's, you can order your chicken "Hot!", "Damn Hot", or "Shut the Cluck Up" - I would love to make a trip to Nashville in the near future and stop by to eat the real deal...especially if it is anything like this copycat recipe. I got this recipe from one of my Food Network magazines and decided to serve it up with mac and cheese and collard greens because that is two of the sides pictured in the magazine. This was definitely super spicy, but it was so tasty. It is very high ranked on any sort of spicy recipe I've ever made and eaten.

Copycat Hattie B's Hot Chicken | This Nashville specialty is spicy and perfect with a side of collard greens and mac and cheese #southern #Nashville #hotchicken #chicken #recipe

What is unique to this recipe is that you dry brine the chicken, then do the typical dip and dredge before frying. Afterwards, you have a spicy coating that is basted onto the freshly fried chicken. It's a seriously dangerous combination of flavors. I've really had nothing like it before, but can say that I want it over and over and over again. I would totally eat this every day if I could!

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What you need:
For the dry brine:
  • 2 lb. chicken breasts (you can do thighs, legs, etc. too, but we prefer breasts)
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
For the dip:
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 large eggs, gently beaten
  • 1 Tbsp. hot sauce
For the dredge:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. sea salt
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
For the spicy coating:
  • 1/2 cup hot frying oil
  • 3 Tbsp. cayenne
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • Pickle slices, for serving
Directions:
  1. Toss chicken with salt and pepper in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate. I did mine for a few hours, but for best results, dry brine overnight.
  2. Mix together the dip ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Mix together the dredge ingredients in a separate bowl.
  4. Take your chicken breasts/pieces and dredge through the flour mixture. Then dip in the milk mixture and back into the flour mixture.
  5. Set a wire rack on a rimmed baking sheet lined with aluminum foil (for easy clean up).
  6. Fry in vegetable oil in a deep fryer set to 325*. Fry until cooked through and crispy. For breast pieces, it should take around 15 minutes or so.
  7. Remove pieces to wire rack.
  8. In a heatproof bowl, ladle 1/2 cup frying oil and spices for the coating (not the pickles, obviously). Baste hot chicken and serve topped with pickle slices.
Recipe from Food Network Magazine, June 2014 edition

Check out these other regional specialties below!
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Plus Rhubarb Steamed Pudding and Favorite Regional Recipes from Sunday Supper Movement



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