Nashville Hot Chicken Bites

Nashville Hot Chicken Bites – adapted from the original Hattie B’s Hot Chicken recipe in Nashville, TN. SO good!! Use frozen popcorn chicken for a quick and easy meal! Chicken, cayenne, brown sugar, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, and butter. Serve the chicken with ranch and pickles. SO good! Sweet and spicy in every bite – YUM! 

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Hattie B’s Nashville Hot Chicken Recipe

We are HUGE fans of Nashville Hot Chicken. Our favorite chicken is from Hattie B’s in Nashville. We hit up the original location every time we are in town. We love the burn! Now, you might be asking what is Nashville Hot Chicken? Traditionally Nashville hot chicken is fried chicken tossed in a slightly sweet cayenne pepper-based paste. There is no wet sauce like with buffalo wings. Nashville hot chicken uses a dry sauce and is HOT. I’m going to say it again for those in the back, this chicken is HOT!

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How to Make Nashville Hot Popcorn Chicken

These Nashville Hot Chicken Bites are super easy to make. I took a shortcut and used frozen popcorn chicken instead of frying my own chicken. I baked the chicken and basted it in the hot sauce mixture halfway through the cooking and afterward. SO good.

  • You can use any breaded chicken for this recipe – tenders, nuggets, popcorn chicken, breasts. You can use freshly fried chicken, leftover chicken, or frozen chicken.
  • These chicken nuggets definitely pack a kick. If you are sensitive to heat, make sure you reduce the cayenne pepper in the hot sauce mixture.
  • I use Tyson popcorn chicken or Just Bare Chicken Nuggets from Costco.
  • Can I make Hot Chicken bites in the air fryer? Yes! Follow the directions on your package of chicken and toss the chicken in the cayenne sauce halfway through the cooking time.
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What to Serve with Spicy Chicken Nuggets

We loved our at-home version of Nashville Hot Chicken and are already planning on having it for lunch again this weekend. It is just as good, if not better than what we’ve had in restaurants around town. Serve the chicken with some pickles, white bread, and ranch. It is also great with Hattie B’s pimento mac & cheese and black-eyed pea salad.

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Nashville Hot Chicken Bites

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Nashville Hot Chicken Bites – adapted from the original Hattie B’s Hot Chicken recipe in Nashville, TN. SO good!! Use frozen popcorn chicken for a quick and easy meal! Chicken, cayenne, brown sugar, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, and butter. Serve the chicken with ranch and pickles. SO good! Sweet and spicy in every bite – YUM! 

Equipment:

Ingredients:

  • 1 (25.5 oz) bag frozen popcorn chicken
  • 1 Tbsp cayenne
  • tsp garlic powder
  • tsp paprika
  • tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 8 Tbsp butter melted

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  • Place frozen popcorn chicken on baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes.
  • In a small saucepan, combine butter, cayenne, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, and brown sugar. Cook over medium heat until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat at set aside.
  • Remove chicken from oven. Toss chicken with 3/4 of the sauce. Return to oven and bake an additional 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and with the remaining cayenne mixture.

Notes:

  • You can use any breaded chicken for this recipe – tenders, nuggets, popcorn chicken, breasts. You can use freshly fried chicken, leftover chicken, or frozen chicken.
  • These chicken nuggets definitely pack a kick. If you are sensitive to heat, make sure you reduce the cayenne pepper in the hot sauce mixture.
  • I use Tyson popcorn chicken or Just Bare Chicken Nuggets from Costco.
  • Can I make Hot Chicken bites in the air fryer? Yes! Follow the directions on your package of chicken and toss the chicken in the cayenne sauce halfway through the cooking time.

Steph

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  1. I go to Nashville 1-2 times a month, can you believe I've never been to Prince's or any of the famed hot chicken places? I need to change that.

  2. Bev would love these kicked up chicken bites – didn't realize Nashville had such a festival

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