Baked Nashville Hot Chicken Breasts

Chicken breast strips are brined, breaded, and baked, then brushed with homemade hot sauce in this Nashville hot chicken recipe.

Ingredients

  • Brine:
  • 1 quart water
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into strips
  • Coating:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Sauce:
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • cooking spray

Directions

  1. Mix water, 1/4 cup salt, 1/4 cup sugar, and hot sauce together in a large bowl until sugar and salt are dissolved into the brine. Place chicken pieces in the brine and refrigerate, 30 minutes to 1 hour. Pour brine from the bowl.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place a baking rack onto a baking sheet and coat rack with cooking spray.
  3. Combine flour, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, and black pepper in a shallow bowl until coating is well mixed. Press chicken pieces into the coating until both sides are evenly coated; place on the prepared rack.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Spray each chicken piece with cooking spray; flip and spray the other side. Continue baking until chicken is no longer pink in the center, about 10 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).
  5. Heat oil in a small pan over medium heat until shimmering. Mix 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder together in a bowl; add to oil and cook for 30 seconds. Brush oil mixture onto cooked chicken, adding more layers for extra heat.

Source: Allrecipes.com

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