I Tried Hot Chicken

No, not that I tried eat­ing hot chick­en. Hav­ing lived near Nashville for over a decade, of course we’ve eat­en hot chick­en. Though, I don’t ever order the crazy hot stuff. I stick to mild and actu­al­ly enjoy eat­ing it.

No, I mean I tried mak­ing my own hot chick­en here at home for fam­i­ly din­ner. It’s no secret that cook­ing isn’t some­thing I real­ly enjoy. I’m start­ing to enjoy it more as I’ve learned to suc­cess­ful­ly cook some things beyond a cold-cut sand­wich. Angela real­ly enjoys cook­ing (and is also real­ly good at it), but her style is more of exper­i­men­ta­tion. I’m one who can fol­low direc­tions so if they’re clear­ly writ­ten, then I can gen­er­al­ly pull it off rea­son­able well. A few years ago, we start­ed Blue Apron meals and more recent­ly made Hel­lo Fresh meals. Both are great and I learned a lot about cook­ing (and also learned I would­n’t last a day in a pro­fes­sion­al kitchen set­ting). I also learned about fry­ing a bit more. Doing some more research, I found a real­ly good Bob­by Flay recipe for fried chick­en. More impor­tant­ly, fry­ing chick­en for chick­en parme­san — one of my all-time favorite dish­es. So I got some prac­tice mak­ing that at home.

Angela sug­gest­ed I try mak­ing some hot chick­en and I found a copy-cat recipe for Hat­tie B’s chick­en which is arguably just a copy-cat of Bolton’s, but that’s for anoth­er day. I used a lot less cayenne than the recipe calls for (that much is crazy) and I used the fry­ing oil as the base for the hot coat­ing. There­fore, mine is a lot brown­er and run­nier than most glam­or shots of hot chick­en. But it did taste pret­ty good and the whole fam­i­ly enjoyed it.

Homemade hot chicken
Home­made hot chicken