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How To Make Nashville Hot Chicken Tenders

Nashville Hot Chicken Tenders
Hot chicken tenders are a staple of the Nashville cuisine scene, but they’re easy to make at home. All you need is a cast iron skillet, some chicken breasts and your favorite hot sauce. In just 15 minutes you’ll have delicious hot chicken tenders ready for dinner!

What are hot chicken tenders?

Hot chicken tenders are as popular as mac ‘n cheese. They’re breaded and fried chicken tenders served with a spicy sauce, usually accompanied by French fries and coleslaw. The dish originated in Nashville and has become an iconic part of cuisine.

How do I pick the right cut of chicken for hot chicken tenders

How do I pick the right cut of chicken for hot chicken tenders?

If you are interested in making hot chicken tenders, the first question that comes to mind is: How do I pick the right cut of chicken for my hot chicken tenders?

  • Breasts are usually the most expensive. They have a lot of white meat, which is good if you are looking for a tender bite. Breast can be dry and bland if not cooked properly, so we recommend brining it first before frying or grilling it.
  • Thighs are flavorful but still easy to work with. The dark meat has more fat than breast meat because it sits under the skin and doesn’t get as much exposure to air while cooking, so thighs will stay juicier when fried or grilled than breasts will.
  • Legs have less fat than thighs but also less flavor than thighs or breasts; they’re also harder to cook evenly because there’s no perfect way to tell when they’re done (thighs will start turning brown at about 165°F).

What is the appropriate portion size for hot chicken tenders?

The answer to this question depends on the size of your appetite and/or your body’s needs. If you’re trying to lose weight, a serving of hot chicken tenders should be less than half of what you would usually eat. If you’re trying to gain weight, you may have a larger serving size and still stay within the recommended daily calorie intake for your gender and age group.
How to make Nashville hot chicken tenders

How to make Nashville hot chicken tenders?

Here are the ingredients you need to prepare in order to make the fried chicken:

  • 8-10 chicken tenders weighing 2 pounds.
  • 2-and-a-half cups of all-purpose flour.
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon of onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon of coarse salt.
  • Smoked paprika, 1 tablespoon.
  • 2 teaspoons of cayenne.
  • Black pepper, 2 teaspoons.
  • Garlic powder, half a teaspoon.
  • two cups of buttermilk
  • a third cup of hot sauce
  • 4 cups of vegetable, canola, or peanut oil should be used to fry the chicken.

 

For the Nashville Hot Coating:

Here are the steps:

  1. Mix the flour, cornstarch, salt, paprika, cayenne, black pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder in a big basin.
  2. Mix the spicy sauce and buttermilk in a separate, sizable basin. Place aside.
  3. Each piece of chicken should be dipped in a flour mixture, buttermilk, and then flour again. Coat each item utterly. Once the chicken has been coated, set it aside on a baking sheet for 15 to 20 minutes to allow the coating to solidify.
  4. Add 2 inches of vegetable oil to a heavy-bottomed skillet or pot while the coating is set. Heat is set at medium-high.
  5. Drop some flour into the oil. The oil is ready if it starts to sizzle and cook to a golden brown color.
  6. 4 tenders should be carefully inserted at once. Cook for two to three minutes on each side. Avoid packing the pan too full.
  7. To take the chicken from the oil, use tongs. Place there to drain on paper towels or a wire rack.

Once the chicken has been fried, prepare the Nashville Hot Coating by combining 1 cup of the frying oil with the cayenne, brown sugar, chili powder, garlic powder, and smoked paprika.
The mixture should be brushed all over the hot chicken tenders.

Place the heated chicken over the white bread to serve. Pickles on toothpicks should be served. Enjoy!

How long do you cook hot chicken tenders?

How long chicken tenders take to cook depends on the thickness of the chicken breast. If you’re cooking hot chicken tenders, it should take about 30 minutes or so for them to be fully cooked through.

You can use a meat thermometer to check if your tenders are done by setting it to 165°F (73°C). We recommend checking your meat every 5 minutes after 10 minutes have passed since it’s easier than trying to determine doneness by sight alone.

How much does it cost to get hot chicken tenders?

You can expect to pay around $10-15 per serving. This is the most affordable option and will probably be what you end up with if you order hot chicken tenders at a restaurant.

If you want to splurge, then expect to spend around $30-40 per serving. If you want Nashville Hot Chicken for an event or party and don’t want to worry about cooking it yourself, then this is your best bet!

For something really special, consider spending around $50-60 per person on hot chicken tenders! It’s definitely worth it if you’re looking for a unique way to impress friends, family members, or business associates!

Finally (and most expensively), there are some restaurants that offer whole chickens that serve about 10 people for about $125 each – but these chickens aren’t cheap!

Where can I get hot chicken tenders

Where can I get hot chicken tenders?

Hot chicken tenders are available at many places. They are not very expensive and make a great snack. If you have a craving, get it from Main Bird!

In 2020, Main Bird began as a lone food truck selling completely halal, Nashville-style hot chicken. We now have multiple locations and offer Spring, Montrose, and Sugar Land’s greatest hot chicken.

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I hope this guide has provided you with the information you need to make your own hot chicken tenders. Nothing captures the spirit of the South like spicy fried chicken. But if you’re tired of making one, come visit Main Bird because we’re kicking up the dining scene in Texas!

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