Nashville Hot Fried Chicken

Spicy food has a special place in our hearts. Everything with spice is good enough to make it on our dinner table. This week, we were looking for a cheat meal that made the carbs worth it. If you’re in the same boat as us, look no further than this Nashville Hot Fried Chicken recipe.



The flavors in the sauce are to die for. It’s spicy, but has a sweet aftertaste from the added brown sugar. The chicken is fall apart tender and crispy, when cooked right. This recipe will show you exactly how to cook fried chicken and get the perfect skin crunchiness, while not under or over cooking it.

You can have perfect Nashville chicken without even having to leave your home, let alone heading down to Nashville!



The best part is, this recipe is simple. The hardest ingredient to find is probably the ghee, but if you can’t find ghee, you can either make your own or simply use butter.

Ghee is essentially a butter oil. It’s butter with the milk removed. If you want to make your own, there’s plenty of resources online. We buy our ghee from Aldi! Ghee is great because the smoke point is much higher.

Let’s get started!


nashville hot fried chicken

Nashville Hot Fried Chicken

This Nashville Hot Fried chicken is a perfect treat to satisfy your craving for spicy food!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 and 1/2 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • vegetable oil

For The Nashville Hot Sauce

  • 1/4 cup ghee
  • 1 and 1/2 tbsp cayenne pepper adjust for spice level
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbsp honey


  1. Begin by heating about one inch of vegetable oil in a large frying pan that has a matching lid. Heat it uncovered.

  2. In a large bowl, combine whipping cream, egg whites, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. Mix well.

  3. Dump all of the almond flour into a zip-lock bag

  4. Take your chicken thighs, one at a time, and cover in egg/whipping cream mixture.

  5. Put into plastic or brown paper bag and shake.

  6. Put chicken thigh aside and repeat with remainder of chicken thighs.

  7. Once oil is hot, put chicken into oil and cook for 3 minutes on each side (or until crispy)

  8. Put heat on medium low and cover. Cook for 10 minutes on each side

  9. Turn heat back up to high and cook until both sides are fully crispy

  10. Remove chicken from oil once chicken is cooked, in the middle, to 165 degrees Fahrenheit

  11. Rest chicken on wire rack to allow grease to drip.

  12. While chicken is degreasing, begin melting ghee in a small sauce pan on medium-low heat.

  13. Add brown sugar and stir well.

  14. Add the rest of the spices and stir well. Serve over your fried chicken and enjoy! 

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