Adapted from Saveur (June/July 2014) and Food Network Magazine (June 2014)
Have you ever heard of Nashville Hot Chicken?
It's a Nashville specialty -- fried chicken that's slathered in a super-hot, spicy glaze. There are a few joints in Nashville that are known for it, including Prince's, Bolton's and relative newcomer Hattie B's.
It is seriously hot -- the last time we had some on a visit to Tennessee to see Zach's family, we made a beeline from Bolton's straight to Jeni's ice cream to cool down our fiery gullets.
Even if you hadn't heard of Nashville Hot Chicken a couple months ago, odds are -- if you read food magazines -- you know about it now. Why? Because no fewer than four magazines have featured this dish in the past two months (and two of the recipes are from Hattie B's)! There it was in the June issues of Saveur, Bon Appétit, and Food Network Magazine. Then this month, there's a feature on it in Good Housekeeping (not a mag that's in our regular rotation, but we happened to see a copy).
It's gettin' hot in herre! Anybody hungry for some chicken?*
Clearly, Nashville Hot Chicken is having a moment. (And Hattie B's has an excellent publicist!)
So last week, it had a moment at our house.