Nashville Hot Chicken Bites with a Creamy Charred Citrus Dipping Sauce

Nashville Hot Chicken Bites with a Creamy Charred Citrus Dipping Sauce

I recently visited Nashville with some other fantastic food bloggers for a KitchenAid retreat. It was a week full of cooking, getting a glimpse of the latest KitchenAid® products, and lots of eating! One of the first things I had to try was Nashville-style hot chicken. Deep fried chicken finished with a fiery cayenne glaze can make you cry if you are crazy enough to order it that way. As soon as I got home I had to recreate this dish, but perhaps a little less spicy and with a creamy charred citrus sauce to cool the heat.

Nashville Hot Chicken Bites with a Creamy Charred Citrus Dipping Sauce

My culinary motto is “life is too short for bland food”, and chicken breasts can often times be bland. So I started by marinating them in buttermilk spiked with a little hot sauce and salt in my KitchenAid® Ceramic 2-Piece Stacking Mini Baker Set. I set up my dredging station by aggressively seasoning some flour with smoked paprika, garlic and onion powder, and salt in the other Baking Dish. I’m trying to build massive flavor, so I need to season at every step of the cooking process.

I’m addicted to crunch, so I double dip my chicken by starting in the buttermilk, then going to the seasoned flour, back to the buttermilk, then to the flour once more. The key is letting the chicken sit at room temperature for 15 minutes so the crust can really adhere to the chicken.

Nashville Hot Chicken Bites with a Creamy Charred Citrus Dipping Sauce

Using my KitchenAid® 1.5-Quart Saucepan, I fry the tenders at 350°F for 5 minutes until golden brown and delicious.

Nashville Hot Chicken Bites with a Creamy Charred Citrus Dipping Sauce

The coating for these fried chicken breasts is where Nashville style comes in. Combine some cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, ancho chile powder, and garlic powder in a bowl and carefully pour over half a cup of hot oil from frying the chicken in the 1.5-Quart Saucepan and mix to combine.

Nashville Hot Chicken Bites with a Creamy Charred Citrus Dipping Sauce

Then, simply brush that spicy oil over the just fried chicken. This coating adds a great kick!

Nashville Hot Chicken Bites with a Creamy Charred Citrus Dipping Sauce

To cool down this fiery chicken, I made a charred citrus yogurt sauce. Slice an orange and put the cut-side down on a pre-heated KitchenAid® Grill and Panini Press. The oranges become sweet, jammy, and also get a nice charred flavor. Combine the juice of these grilled oranges with greek yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and fresh herbs. This dipping sauce is great for wings, potato skins, or even as a dip.

Nashville Hot Chicken Bites with a Creamy Charred Citrus Dipping Sauce

Serve the hot chicken with the dipping sauce and watch your family and friends devour it in front of your eyes! This food is perfect for parties or game day.

Nashville Hot Chicken Bites with a Creamy Charred Citrus Dipping Sauce

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Nashville Hot Chicken Bites

Makes 6-7 servings

INGREDIENTS

For the chicken

2 pounds boneless & skinless chicken tenders
1 cup corn starch
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
1 cup buttermilk
Hot sauce, to taste
Vegetable oil, for frying

For the spice mix

3 tablespoons cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ancho chile powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

DIRECTIONS

For the chicken, combine the corn starch, flour, paprika, thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper in a KitchenAid® Ceramic 2-Piece Stacking Mini Baker Set and mix well. In the other baking dish, combine the buttermilk with about 1 tablespoon of hot sauce and 1/2 teaspoon of salt, mix well. Let the chicken marinate in the buttermilk mixture for about 15 minutes.

Shake off any excess buttermilk and move the chicken to the seasoned flour. Thoroughly coat, shake off any excess, and move back to the buttermilk. One more time, shake off the excess milk, go back to the seasoned flour, and then place the chicken on a wire rack set over a sheet tray. Repeat this coating process with remaining chicken.

Let the chicken sit at room temperature for 15 minutes so the crust can really set and stick to the chicken. If you skip this step the crust can fall off when you bite into the cooked chicken.

While the chicken is resting, make the Creamy Charred Citrus Dipping Sauce (recipe below).

Add enough oil to come two-thirds of the way up a KitchenAid® 1.5-Quart Saucepan and heat the oil to 350°F. Fry the chicken in small batches, making sure to not over-crowd the 1.5-Quart Saucepan and cause the oil temperature drop. Fry the chicken for 5-6 minutes until golden brown.

While the chicken is frying, make the hot seasoning mix by combining all the ingredients in a medium-size bowl, mix and set aside.

When all of the chicken is cooked, carefully add 1/2 cup of the hot oil from the 1.5-Quart Saucepan to the bowl with the hot seasoning mix and whisk well. Using a pastry brush, brush the hot seasoned oil all over the chicken. Serve with the dipping sauce and enjoy!

Nashville Hot Chicken Bites with a Creamy Charred Citrus Dipping Sauce Recipe

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Creamy Charred Citrus Dipping Sauce

Makes 6-7 servings

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup greek yogurt
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons chives, chopped
1-2 tablespoons buttermilk
1 teaspoon of orange zest
Juice of half a grilled orange
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Juice of half a lemon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Couple cracks of fresh pepper

DIRECTIONS

While the chicken is resting, make the dipping sauce by pre-heating a KitchenAid® Grill and Panini Press over medium-high heat. Grill the cut orange flesh side down for 5 minutes or until nice grill marks appear, take off heat and set aside. Combine the remaining sauce ingredients in a large bowl and squeeze the grilled orange juice in the bowl, mixing well. Taste for seasoning, as you may need more lemon juice or salt.

Nashville Hot Chicken Bites with a Creamy Charred Citrus Dipping Sauce Recipe

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