Nashville Hot Grilled Chicken

Nashville Hot Grilled Chicken – adapted from the original Hattie B’s Hot Chicken recipe in Nashville, TN. SO good! Chicken marinated in cayenne pepper, brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, and olive oil. Reserve some of the marinade to brush on the cooked chicken if you want it really HOT! Seriously THE BEST grilled chicken recipe! Serve with pickles, ranch, and white bread! We are making this again this weekend – SO GOOD!

Nashville Hot Grilled Chicken - grilled version of the best spicy chicken around. Chicken marinated in cayenne pepper, brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder and olive oil. Reserve some of the marinade to brush on the cooked chicken if you want it really HOT! Seriously THE BEST grilled chicken recipe! Serve with pickles, ranch and white bread! We are making this again this weekend - SO GOOD!

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Grilled Hattie B’s Hot Chicken

I am all about some Nashville Hot Chicken. I absolutely LOVE it. My favorite place to eat hot chicken is at Hattie B’s in Nashville. I always go with the hot. Chicken Legs is a medium guy. Since we are in the middle of grilling season, I decided to try some Grilled Nashville Hot Chicken. OMG! OMG! I am totally addicted to this chicken! It was ridiculously good!

Nashville Hot Grilled Chicken - grilled version of the best spicy chicken around. Chicken marinated in cayenne pepper, brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder and olive oil. Reserve some of the marinade to brush on the cooked chicken if you want it really HOT! Seriously THE BEST grilled chicken recipe! Serve with pickles, ranch and white bread! We are making this again this weekend - SO GOOD!

How to Make Grilled Nashville Hot Chicken

I used Hattie B’s recipe as the basis for this recipe. They fry their chicken and then brush it with the “hot” concoction. I decided to marinate some boneless chicken in the hot mixture and then brush a little of the reserved hot mixture on the chicken once it was off the grill.

The marinade is made up of cayenne pepper, brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, and olive oil. Whisk everything together and let the chicken marinate a few hours to overnight before cooking.

The chicken right off the grill, with no extra hot sauce marinade, was equivalent to mild+ to medium heat. The chicken brushed with the hot concoction was equivalent to HOT at Hattie B’s. If you don’t want extra spicy chicken, don’t brush it with any extra sauce.

Nashville Hot Grilled Chicken - grilled version of the best spicy chicken around. Chicken marinated in cayenne pepper, brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder and olive oil. Reserve some of the marinade to brush on the cooked chicken if you want it really HOT! Seriously THE BEST grilled chicken recipe! Serve with pickles, ranch and white bread! We are making this again this weekend - SO GOOD!

What to Serve with Nashville Hot Chicken

We LOVED this chicken. We ate it for lunch and in a wrap with some ranch for dinner. I am still dreaming about this chicken. Make it this weekend and discover why Nashville Hot Chicken is simply the best!

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Grilled Nashville Hot Chicken

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Nashville Hot Grilled Chicken – adapted from the original Hattie B's Hot Chicken recipe in Nashville, TN. SO good! Chicken marinated in cayenne pepper, brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, and olive oil. Reserve some of the marinade to brush on the cooked chicken if you want it really HOT! Seriously THE BEST grilled chicken recipe! Serve with pickles, ranch, and white bread! We are making this again this weekend – SO GOOD!

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 lbs boneless chicken tenders

Instructions:

  • Whisk together cayenne pepper, brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder and oil. Reserve 2 or 3 tablespoons if you want extra hot chicken.
  • Place chicken in a gallon ziplock bag and pour marinade over chicken. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to overnight.
  • Remove chicken from marinade and grill until done, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove chicken from grill and brush with reserved marinade, if desired.

Notes:

If you have never eaten Nashville hot chicken, please note that Nashville chicken is HOT.  
It is supposed to be spicy and uses a lot of cayenne pepper.
This recipe uses a lot of cayenne pepper, but I used much less than the original recipe from Hattie B’s. 
Start with 1 or 2 Tbsp of cayenne pepper and add more after tasting the chicken.
This is HOT!
Can use any cut of chicken you prefer – tenders, breasts, thighs, legs.
Cook the chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF.
To cook chicken tenders without a grill, cook in a skillet over medium-high heat for 8 to 10 minutes.

Steph

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Nashville Hot Grilled Chicken - grilled version of the best spicy chicken around. Chicken marinated in cayenne pepper, brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder and olive oil. Reserve some of the marinade to brush on the cooked chicken if you want it really HOT! Seriously THE BEST grilled chicken recipe! Serve with pickles, ranch and white bread! We are making this again this weekend - SO GOOD!
Nashville Hot Grilled Chicken - grilled version of the best spicy chicken around. Chicken marinated in cayenne pepper, brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder and olive oil. Reserve some of the marinade to brush on the cooked chicken if you want it really HOT! Seriously THE BEST grilled chicken recipe! Serve with pickles, ranch and white bread! We are making this again this weekend - SO GOOD!
Nashville Hot Grilled Chicken - grilled version of the best spicy chicken around. Chicken marinated in cayenne pepper, brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder and olive oil. Reserve some of the marinade to brush on the cooked chicken if you want it really HOT! Seriously THE BEST grilled chicken recipe! Serve with pickles, ranch and white bread! We are making this again this weekend - SO GOOD!
Nashville Hot Grilled Chicken - grilled version of the best spicy chicken around. Chicken marinated in cayenne pepper, brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder and olive oil. Reserve some of the marinade to brush on the cooked chicken if you want it really HOT! Seriously THE BEST grilled chicken recipe! Serve with pickles, ranch and white bread! We are making this again this weekend - SO GOOD!

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Comments

  1. I thought it was delicious! I love hot chicken so I increased the cayenne pepper for the marinade and for the finish coat.
    I've been eating hot chicken for over 40 years and if the meat ain't got heat, you've just got hot chicken skin.
    Thanks for reminding me.
    I also use this recipe for the oven.

    1. SO glad you enjoyed it! I agree with you – hot chicken needs to be HOT! People who haven't eaten authentic Nashville Hot Chicken don't understand.

    1. That comment was from my daughter who says “could be spicer” to everything. I don’t know how she handles it. She did like your recipe though and I did brush more marinade on for her. Not me. My tongue still hurts lol

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