In a large bowl, whisk together water, sugar, salt and hot sauce until sugar and salt dissolve. Add chicken, cover and refrigerate for up to 1 hour. Heat 6 Tbsp. oil in a small saute pan over medium-high heat. When oil begins to shimmer, stir in 2 Tbsp. Fried Chicken Spices and cook for 30 to 60 seconds to bloom spices. Remove pan from heat and set aside. Thoroughly combine flour and remaining 2 Tbsp. Fried Chicken Spices in a separate bowl. Remove chicken from brine. Dredge chicken pieces in flour mixture and place on a wire rack. Do not discard flour mixture. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. In a large Dutch oven on the stovetop, heat remaining oil to 325 degrees. Dredge each piece of chicken through flour mixture one more time, turning to coat. Carefully place half of the chicken pieces into oil and fry until deep golden brown, about 20 to 25 min. Place cooked chicken pieces on a clean wire rack set inside a rimmed baking sheet and place in preheated oven to keep warm. Repeat with remaining chicken. Meanwhile, stir and reheat bloomed spices over low heat. Brush cooked chicken on all sides with the spiced oil just before serving.

Serving Suggestions

For a spicier version, increase amount of spices using the same 6 tbsp. of oil. Try serving in the traditional manner with chicken pieces on white bread topped with dill pickles.


4 servings

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5 stars 12/2/14 fsufan1106
Outstanding recipe - everyone loves it. Comes out great -- very similar to Hattie B's. I do add a little bit of the spice to the brine, and I use an electric frying pan to fry it, otherwise I follow the recipe and it's enough heat for those who like "hot" but not to much for those who like medium. For kids I'll do a separate flour mix with 1/2 the spice. Very easy and delicious. Do NOT skip the oil brush or it won't be Nashville hot chicken. Also just used the recipe on wings for a football party and it worked great and was also a huge hit. (And, as's also good the next day!)
Test Kitchen Response: Thanks for the great review! We love your idea of using this recipes for wings.