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

Drew Johnson
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Brine:
Coating:
Sauce:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place a baking rack onto a baking sheet and coat rack with cooking spray.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

Cook's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of brine ingredients. The actual amount of brine consumed will vary.

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Nutrition Facts

395 calories; 13.7 g total fat; 67 mg cholesterol; 1019 mg sodium. 38.7 g carbohydrates; 28.2 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (14)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
06/11/2016
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 distracted and let mine go 45 seconds and it had started to burn. These were not bland or too spicy but had just the right amount of heat to them. Thanks for sharing! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/25/2019
I followed the recipe word for word and it was 2 stars as it's written. 1. It tastes nothing like Nashville hot chicken. 2. It was way too salty. The salt needs to be cut by half and maybe even left out of the oil. 3. The breading was soggy. It would better fried. I may try making it again but I honestly didn't think it was worth the effort. Read More
22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
06/11/2016
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 distracted and let mine go 45 seconds and it had started to burn. These were not bland or too spicy but had just the right amount of heat to them. Thanks for sharing! Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
06/11/2016
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 distracted and let mine go 45 seconds and it had started to burn. These were not bland or too spicy but had just the right amount of heat to them. Thanks for sharing! Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
07/05/2016
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 little bit to suit our tastes. I liked the baking the hot chicken instead of frying aspect of this recipe a lot. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2016
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2016
SO GOOD. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2017
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! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/13/2017
Awesome but a little too hot so cut the hot sauce and cayanne back for next time! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2016
Loved everything about this. It's our new super bowl dinner. Thanks for an awesome and easy recipe Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2017
Did not use the oil mixture at the end because of dietary preferences. It had some heat to it which we love! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/15/2018
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 be plain gross. It tasted like oil with added spices and an overwhelming amount of cayenne - bleh. I tried heating it longer to help everything mingle and then it just tasted burnt. I decided to toss it and just coat the chicken in honey mustard and bbq sauce. Would not make again. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
01/25/2019
I followed the recipe word for word and it was 2 stars as it's written. 1. It tastes nothing like Nashville hot chicken. 2. It was way too salty. The salt needs to be cut by half and maybe even left out of the oil. 3. The breading was soggy. It would better fried. I may try making it again but I honestly didn't think it was worth the effort. Read More