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KFC’s ‘Nashville Hot Chicken’ Nutrition Info, Recipe With Pickles, Cayenne Pepper, And Smoked Paprika Sought

There’s a new chicken in town and it’s called “Nashville Hot Chicken” from KFC. Apparently, the Nashville Hot Chicken isn’t something only available in Nashville, but the hot and spicy chicken dish hails from Nashville. Whether or not KFC correctly replicated the Nashville Hot Chicken is the subject of debate on social media.

As reported by Yahoo, KFC’s controversial Nashville Hot Chicken isn’t as bad as critics claim it is. Of course, folks from Nashville are begging to differ with KFC’s version of their beloved chicken. However, those who haven’t been to Nashville and have never tasted Nashville’s beloved hot chicken don’t know the difference.

As Twitter user wrote, KFC isn’t the place to go to get Nashville Hot Chicken. The Twitter used named several other places in Nashville, presumably, to get the real Nashville Hot Chicken dish.

“If you want legit hot chicken in Nashville, you’ve gotta go to 400 Degrees, Prince’s, Hot Stuff, or Bolton’s. KFC could never.”

However, those who’ve actually eaten the Nashville Hot Chicken, such as the person in the long-winded video below from KBDProductionsTV, love the hot chicken. Even though Ken Domik is not a fan of pickles, even Domik pulled a pickle out of his KFC “garbage bag” because he admitted the Nashville Hot Chicken tasted best with the pickles. Ken said he tasted cayenne peppers and a plethora of other flavors in the Nashville Hot Chicken that made it taste delightful. Domik said it was worth the travel from Canada to New York for the chicken, which was apparently so hot he had to blow his nose after devouring it.

According to Yahoo, KFC started selling their Nashville Hot Chicken on Monday, and while it’s based on the Nashville dish, it was a big hit in places like Pittsburg. As for the recipe? Nashville Hot Chicken falls under the KFC Colonel’s secret recipe, and Yahoo reported that the original Nashville Hot Chicken dish can take 4 1/2 hours just to prep it. KFC’s version of the Nashville Hot Chicken gets its crispy skin from an open fryer — with the recipe containing cayenne pepper and smoked paprika.

“‘It can take four and half hours to prep,’ said Kevin Hochman, the chief marketing officer for KFC, referring to a recipe published in Bon Appétit last summer. ‘And when you do find a restaurant that serves it, it can be pretty pricy.'”

“Unlike the chain’s Original Recipe chicken, which is pressure fried, the Nashville Hot Chicken is cooked in an open fryer so it develops a crispier skin. The chain that keeps the secrets to the ’11 herbs and spices’ under a double-vaulted safe also doesn’t share too many details about what goes in the Nashville recipe, other than cayenne pepper and smoked paprika. It’s served topped with slices of dill pickle.”

Most KFC dishes don’t have a pickle on top, so that makes the Nashville Hot Chicken dish special. Those who’ve tried KFC’s Nashville Hot Chicken say the pickles add a nice contrast to the hotness. KFC’s Nashville Hot Chicken is being called perfection in the way the hot chicken dish blends sweetness with spiciness and smokiness.

Those seeking the KFC recipe for Nashville Hot Chicken would likely do better to find Nashville Hot Chicken recipes from the Food Network, instead of KFC’s secret vault. KFC’s Nashville Hot Chicken recipe might contain 11 secret herbs and spices — or more — that may never see the light of day.

As far as the Nashville Hot Chicken’s nutrition, the full KFC nutrition page oddly doesn’t have info for their Nashville Hot Chicken as of this writing. Nor does the KFC nutrition calculator have any “Nashville Hot Chicken” wording. With Ken claiming his KFC Nashville Hot Chicken was swimming in grease, those calories, carbs, saturated fat, and sugar grams have got to be sky-high.

[Image via AP Photo/Brian Bohannon]

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