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Tennessee Hot Fried Chicken

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  • Author: Nicole Washington
  • Total Time: 50 mins
  • Yield: 8 1x


This recipe for Nashville Chicken Wings is amazing! The chicken is deep-fried until crispy, coated with hot sauce, and drizzled with honey to add sweetness.


  • 1/2 gallon buttermilk
  • 12 oz. bottle of hot sauce
  • 1/3 c. honey
  • 3 1/24 lbs. Chicken wings
  • 2 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Black pepepr
  • Peanut or Vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Onion powder
  • 1 tsp. Garlic powder
  • Garnish: Honey for drizzling


  1. Lay the chicken out on a large cutting board or cleaned workspace. Liberally season the chicken with the kosher salt and black pepper, front and back. 
  2. Place the chicken in a large Tupperware container that will fit the chicken. Pour the buttermilk over the chicken, and place in the refrigerator overnight or at least 8 hours.
  3. Remove the chicken from the refrigerator and pour out the buttermilk completely. 
  4. Prepare the marinade by whisking the hot sauce and honey. Dip the chicken into the hot sauce marinade and place it back in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours.
  5. Using a large cast iron skillet or deep fryer, fill the pan or fryer with oil and allow the oil to reach 350 Degrees.
  6. Whisk together the flour, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, sugar, and black pepper. Dredge the chicken through the flour, shake off excess flour, and place in the hot oil. 
  7. Allow the chicken to cook until golden brown, about 10-12 minutes. Once the chicken is cooked completely, season with salt and pepper and transfer to a wire rack lined with paper towels. 
  8. Drizzle with honey and allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving. Once finished, you can sprinkle a little more hot sauce, if desired.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Deep Dry
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 2 chicken wings