Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwiches

Dinner, Sandwiches, Summer

Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwiches are what happens when you combine the spicy Nashville Hot Chicken, brioche buns, and creamy coleslaw. And as a plus, the chicken’s baked so there’s no frying involved!

Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwiches

For this post, I teamed up with ALDI, where you should go for all your summer food needs. They have everything from fresh meats to BBQ and fresh organic produce for pies. It’s a one-stop shop for summer!

I’ve been wanting to make hot chicken, but in slider-form for a while now, so I figured what better time than now to unofficially kick off summer.

My favorite part about this recipe is that it doesn’t require a fryer or a big pot of oil. This is in the oven, baked, the whole time. I know we’re not fans of lots of oil so this one is pretty simple.

What is a Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich?

Nashville Hot chicken sandwiches are a sandwich that utilizes boneless chicken covered in a spicy butter layered in between a bun and coleslaw. Think of a classic chicken sandwich and add a bunch of heat!

Obviously, just like the name they’re from Nashville, Tennessee. I was lucky enough to visit Prince’s Hot Chicken on a visit and was blown away by how delicious it was. (I went to Hattie B’s and it was tasty, too!)

How to Make a Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich:

  1. Prep the dredge. Put all the breading components into their own dishes.
  2. Preheat the oven, and a baking sheet. Turn the oven on and brush a baking pan with oil. Place the pan in the oven to heat up while you prep the chicken.
  3. Dredge the chicken. Dip each piece of seasoned chicken into all the dishes of breading ingredients. First the flour, then the eggs, and finally the breadcrumbs.
  4. Bake the chicken. Place the breaded chicken on the preheated baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes, flipping half way through.
  5. Meanwhile, Make the hot chicken sauce. While the chicken bakes, melt down the butter, scooping the milk solids off the top as it melts so you end up with clarified butter. Add the cayenne with the brown sugar and remaining spices. Let the butter heat up until the salt has dissolved and the spices have infused it.
  6. Baste the chicken. After the chicken has cooked, baste each piece in the hot chicken sauce.
  7. Assemble the sandwiches. Place the chicken, slaw and pickled on each brioche bottom bun, top with the other half and put a skewer through.

Why Baking Fried Chicken is Better than Frying.

  • Less oil and easier cleanup. That being said, I think this really only works for a recipe like this.  Classic fried chicken needs to be fried but I like baking for sandwiches or chicken tenders. You’ll never get the same craggy fried chicken skin baking so if I’m making classic fried chicken with bone-in pieces I stick to the classic deep or pan fried method.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Make these as sliders like I’ve used them here or you can use larger pieces of chicken and make full sized sandwiches.
  • The pickles and slaw are key, the brightness cuts through the spice and richness of the chicken. Make the slaw the day before if you’d like to save on time the day of.

Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwiches

Baked Nashville Hot Chicken Sliders

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5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Serving Size: 6
Calories: 320kcal
Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwiches are what happens when you combine the spicy Nashville Hot Chicken, brioche buns, and creamy coleslaw. And as a plus, the chicken's baked so there's no frying involved!

Ingredients

Chicken: 

  • 2 pounds boneless/skinless chicken breasts , cut into 3-inch cubes (this doesn’t have to be cut perfectly) 
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper 

Chicken Dredge: 

  • cup  all-purpose Flour
  • cup  Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/2  teaspoon  kosher salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon  ground paprika
  • Pinch  freshly ground pepper
  • large eggs
  • tablespoons grapeseed oil , (or other types of neutral oil)

Hot Chicken Sauce: 

  • 1/2  cup  unsalted butter
  • tablespoon  ground cayenne pepper, or more or less depending on your heat tolerance 
  • teaspoon  brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon  garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon  paprika
  • teaspoon  kosher salt

For Assembly: 

  • 12 brioche dinner rolls
  • Cole slaw, optional
  • 12 sweet bread and butter pickles
  • 12 skewers 

Directions

Prep the Chicken: 

  • 1. Sprinkle the chicken with a few pinches of salt and pepper. 

To Make the Chicken Dredge: 

  • Prep the chicken dredge by adding the flour to a wide-rimmed baking dish. To another dish, toss the bread crumbs with the salt and ground paprika. To a medium dish, beat the 3 large eggs together. This will give you a good assembly line. 
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. To a clean baking sheet, brush the surface with the oil and transfer to the oven. (The oil will get really hot while you assemble the rest of the ingredients.) 
  • Using tongs, dip chicken, piece by piece, first in the flour, then the egg and, lastly, the bread crumbs. Feel free to sprinkle the tops and the sides of the chicken with the bread crumbs. I found it easier to do it this way. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining pieces of chicken. 
  • Place the chicken on the hot baking sheet in the oven and bake on the first side for 15 minutes. Flip and cook on the opposite side for another 20 minutes. 
  • While the chicken is cooking, let’s make the hot sauce. In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Skim the fat solids offthe top and discard. This will leave you with clarified butter. Add the cayenne pepper, sugar, garlic powder, paprika and salt. Warm until the sugar and salt are dissolved. 
  • When the chicken is done cooking, transfer the pieces to the brioche buns. I added about 1 to 2 pieces to each of the bottom of the buns.
  • Brush the tops liberally with the spice/butter mixture. I found that what I really wanted was the paste that sits at the bottom; scoop that stuff out and brush that on. The more the better! Top with a bit of cole slaw, if desired, and add the other half of the brioche bun to the top. Add a bread and butter pickle to the top and poke a skewer through the center so it holds its shape! Serve immediately.   
CourseDinner
CuisineAmerican
KeywordNashville Hot Chicken Sliders
Serving: 12g | Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 4mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Calcium: 23mg
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  • Reply Jay April 13, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    5 stars
    Definitely missed the clarified butter portion as the format of the site on a laptop (using Chrome) and iPhone (using Safari) cuts this off. Only when I open the site in Safari and use Auto Reader did I finally see this but only after I was done cooking.

    Either way, the chicken was still delicious for not being fried!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme April 13, 2020 at 3:56 pm

      oh no! you know what i’m going through a blog redesign and i’ll make sure my developer knows this. sorry it gave you trouble! and i’m glad it worked out either way. 🙂

  • Reply doreen September 1, 2018 at 10:40 am

    I am making today for opening ND game. I always make them but I am so excited to try your recipe. sounds much healthier and I don’t have to deal with oil and frying….just not into it today. Thanks!!

  • Reply Geri June 2, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    Please correct the recipe to include the butter in the brushing sauce! Some people may otherwise be confused! (smile) This recipe sounds wonderful.

  • Reply Rocky Mountain Woman May 24, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    They are perfect for the weekend! My family will be soooo happy.

  • Reply Tim @ Full Bloom Kitchen May 22, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    Not ashamed to say I’d eat the entire platter, LOL. Can’t wait to try!

  • Reply Robin May 22, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    Hi, just wanted to let you know that the recipe only appears in full when in print form. If you try to read it as posted, there’s a lot of words missing.

  • Reply Kari May 21, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    Yum! I want to make these right now!
    Kari
    http://sweetteasweetie.com/aged-cheddar-sliders-with-pineapple-guacamole/

  • Reply Melinda May 21, 2018 at 9:57 am

    Easy to do and delicious! Perfect for me!