Nashville is best known as being the Music City and home to some of the most delicious hot chicken. When we took a road trip there last spring everyone told us it was an absolute must try and being a lover of all things spicy, I was up for the challenge. We seem to be plagued by rain on most of our trips and it was a particularly chilly day so we ducked into Puckett’s Restaurant and Grocery for a quick bite to eat. I thought the perfect way to warm up would be to order this hot chicken we had heard so much about. I chose their Music City Hot Chicken Sandwich and ohhh my holy mouth on fire! It was delicious and MUCH hotter than I anticipated. I of course chugged my beer down in seconds as if that would help at all and had to keep asking Chris if my brows were sweating off my face.
I knew I had to recreate this spicy little sandwich when we got back home, but in my own Midwestern way, hence the “Midwest Hot Chicken” title. I decided to make mini-slider versions with Texas Toast and used a hot sauce made locally here in Des Moines called Lola’s Hot Sauce. I chose the ghost pepper version for some extra kick and served it with my habanero chunk pickles that I made with my end of summer cucumber haul. It was nowhere near as spicy as Puckett’s but still packed quite the punch of heat and struck that perfect balance of sweet, spicy, and savory. I also tried to make them a little healthier by baking the chicken instead of frying it, which still resulted in crispy delicious chicken!
P.S. Tomorrow is officially Hot Chicken Day and I had no idea! haha enjoy celebrating!