Baked Nashville Hot Chicken

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Baked Nashville Hot Chicken

Baked Nashville Hot Chicken
Baked Nashville Hot Chicken

Authentic Nashville Hot Chicken is full of deep-fried deliciousness, and while we love a good piece of spicy-hot fried chicken, we think there are ways to get great taste and crunch without the heaviness of deep-frying. This recipe is baked instead of fried, and it's completely oil-free until the final seasoning at the end. Even using oil there is optional.

This is a basic recipe for crispy baked chicken, but we dressed it up a little. We started by using Almond Meal as our breading base. It's a little gritty--roughly the consistency of cornmeal--with a gentle, nutty sweetness that adds a touch of contrast to the spicy seasoning. You can always substitute all-purpose flour for Almond Meal if that's your preference. Create your mise en place--a French term that means "everything in place", a mindful way to set up your cooking area so everything you need is on hand--by filling three breading bowls. One should contain Almond Meal, one a wet dip, and third bowl should contain panko bread crumbs. The wet mix and the panko should each be seasoned with a healthy teaspoon of Nashville Hot Chicken Seasoning so its fabulous spicy flavor can be found in every bite. Make sure your oven is preheated and have a nonstick baking sheet--or any baking sheet covered with a piece of baker's parchment--nearby and ready to receive your prepared chicken.

Dip your pieces of chicken in breading according to the usual method: Almond Meal, wet mix, panko. Try to only use the same hand when you dip, so you don't fully bread all of your fingers. This recipe is baked without any oil; if you must you can give the chicken a quick spritz with a cooking spray, but it's fine without it. Once all the chicken is on the prepared baking sheet and ready to go, pop it in the preheated oven, and discard any of the leftover breading materials or buttermilk mix. The chicken should take between 25-30 minutes to bake, and you can rotate it once halfway through cooking if your oven doesn't heat evenly. 

For an extra burst of spice, bloom an additional teaspoon of Nashville Hot Chicken Seasoning in some olive oil, and then drizzle it over the chicken. If you're committed to keeping this dish as low-fat as possible, just dust the finished chicken with extra seasoning as soon as it's out of the oven, and let the heat from the chicken grab the spice and hold it. It's important to let it rest so it retains its juiciness. Serve this with bread and pickles and a sweet, crunchy slaw, and sit back and enjoy the steamy Nashville heat.

 

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Category: Chicken
Ingredients:
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts - cut into 4 equal portions
  • 1/2 cup Almond Meal - you can also substitute all purpose flour
  • 1 cup low fat buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup panko crumbs, unseasoned
  • 3 teaspoons Nashville Hot Chicken Seasoning, divided
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil, optional
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Prepare 3 shallow dishes, each large enough for 1-2 pieces of chicken.
  3. In the first dish, add the Almond Meal.
  4. In the second dish, whisk together the egg, buttermilk and 1 teaspoon of Nashville Hot Chicken Seasoning.
  5. In the third dish, mix together the panko crumbs and 1 teaspoon of Nashville Hot Chicken Seasoning.
  6. Take a chicken breast, put it in the Almond Meal, cover completely and shake off any extra before moving to the next dish.
  7. Dip the chicken in the egg and buttermilk mixture.
  8. Move the chicken to the third dish and cover completely with the panko crumbs.
  9. Place the breaded chicken on a non-stick baking sheet.
  10. Continue with each piece of chicken until all of the chicken is breaded. Discard all remaining ingredients from the 3 dishes.
  11. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 165°F.
  12. Remove chicken from the oven and rest for 10 minutes.
  13. In a small skillet, heat olive oil and remaining 1 teaspoon of Nashville Hot Chicken Seasoning. 
  14. Drizzle hot oil evenly over chicken before serving. Alternately, forego the oil and dust the hot chicken with additional Nashville Hot Chicken Seasoning before letting it rest for 10 minutes. Serve.
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