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Baked Nashville Hot Chicken Breasts

Rated as 4.38 out of 5 Stars

"This is one of my recipes that I keep getting requests for. We also eat it without the sauce. I hope that you enjoy."
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Ingredients

1 h 30 m servings 395 cals
Original recipe yields 4 servings

Directions

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  1. Mix water, 1/4 cup salt, 1/4 cup sugar, and hot sauce together in a large bowl until sugar and salt are dissolved into the brine. Place chicken pieces in the brine and refrigerate, 30 minutes to 1 hour. Pour brine from the bowl.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place a baking rack onto a baking sheet and coat rack with cooking spray.
  3. Combine flour, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, and black pepper in a shallow bowl until coating is well mixed. Press chicken pieces into the coating until both sides are evenly coated; place on the prepared rack.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Spray each chicken piece with cooking spray; flip and spray the other side. Continue baking until chicken is no longer pink in the center, about 10 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).
  5. Heat oil in a small pan over medium heat until shimmering. Mix 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder together in a bowl; add to oil and cook for 30 seconds. Brush oil mixture onto cooked chicken, adding more layers for extra heat.

Footnotes

  • Cook's Note:
  • Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of brine ingredients. The actual amount of brine consumed will vary.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 395 calories; 13.7 g fat; 38.7 g carbohydrates; 28.2 g protein; 67 mg cholesterol; 1019 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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These turned out really good. I'll admit it would have been much easier just to drop them in a deep fryer but this was a nice healthier alternative. Keep a close eye on your sauce. I got distrac...

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The chicken itself before the sauce was OK. That's why I gave it 2 stars. There was so much excess flour on the chicken, presumably to get the sauce to stick it it? However, I found the sauce to...

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These turned out really good. I'll admit it would have been much easier just to drop them in a deep fryer but this was a nice healthier alternative. Keep a close eye on your sauce. I got distrac...

This was really easy to make, and was pretty delicious. I am not sure if I added too much cayenne, but it was really hot. Definitely making this again, but will probably change the spices up a l...

A new favorite! So delicious & crispy & low cal, you'd think it was fried. Just enough heat in the spice to not overwhelm the kids or faint of heart.

SO GOOD.

My husband and I love hot chicken and this is a great healthier alternative to the real thing. We like it HOT, so I used more hot sauce and cayenne. Very yummy. Thanks for the recipe!

Did not use the oil mixture at the end because of dietary preferences. It had some heat to it which we love!

Loved everything about this. It's our new super bowl dinner. Thanks for an awesome and easy recipe

The chicken itself before the sauce was OK. That's why I gave it 2 stars. There was so much excess flour on the chicken, presumably to get the sauce to stick it it? However, I found the sauce to...

This was delicious and easy to make! It was WAY too salty though. I'd probably cut out the salt in the breading and sauce next time bc with the brine, the chicken is salty enough!