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Want a Healthy Version of Nashville’s Popular Hot Chicken? Try This Recipe

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The most famous of all of Nashville’s deep-fried delights is hot chicken, the city’s signature dish. As a Nashville native, I was born and raised to appreciate platters of delicious, spicy chicken.

The deep-fried goodness of Nashville’s original hot chicken recipe will always have a special place in my heart, but I thought that it just might be possible to create a healthier alternative to this classic dish. Here’s my take on a healthy hot chicken recipe.

Ingredients for Chicken and Marinade

  • 1 whole chicken, cut into 6 pieces
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

Ingredients for Breading

  • 2 eggs
  • 1.5 cups panko crumbs
  • 0.5 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 0.5 teaspoon salt
  • 0.5 teaspoon pepper

Ingredients for Baste

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 0.5 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 0.5 teaspoon smoked paprika

Step 1: Marinate

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In a large bowl, mix together the buttermilk, Dijon mustard, garlic, cayenne pepper and smoked paprika. Place the chicken pieces in the buttermilk marinade (If you don’t have buttermilk, try substituting regular milk with a squeeze of lemon or a dash of leftover yogurt whey, like I did). Marinate for at least three hours.

Step 2: Dip

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Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, combine your panko crumbs, flour, cayenne pepper, chili powder, brown sugar, smoked paprika, salt and pepper. In a separate bowl, whisk two eggs.

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Have a baking sheet (and rack, if possible) ready to place the coated pieces on. To make cleaning up easier, I lined my baking sheet with aluminum foil. Dip each piece of chicken in the whisked eggs and then coat them in the flour/panko/spice mixture and place on the baking sheet or rack.

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Step 3: Bake

Bake the chicken for 50 minutes or until the pieces are cooked all the way through, flipping each piece halfway through the cooking time.

Step 4: Baste

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Remove from the oven and baste with additional oil/spice mixture as desired. The more you baste, the hotter your chicken will be.

Step 5: Enjoy!

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I swapped out the traditional pickles for broccoli and subbed whole wheat bread for white bread for a healthy meal.

Did you try this recipe? What did you think? Let us know by commenting below!

Mary Lambkin

Mary Lambkin

Mary Lambkin is a Nashville native, blogger, and healthy living enthusiast. She lives in East Nashville with her husband and loves running through downtown Music City and around Shelby Park. Mary has run nine marathons and is always looking for new recipes to fuel her exercise adventures. Learn more about her at www.minutespermile.com.

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Mary Lambkin

Mary Lambkin is a Nashville native, blogger, and healthy living enthusiast. She lives in East Nashville with her husband and loves running through downtown Music City and around Shelby Park. Mary has run nine marathons and is always looking for new recipes to fuel her exercise adventures. Learn more about her at www.minutespermile.com.

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