The Best Vegan Nashville Hot Chicken

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Published: Aug 18, 2019 Modified: Jan 29, 2020 by Linda & Alex This post may contain affiliate links.

The Best Vegan Nashville Hot Chicken, y’all. If you’ve been wondering what the fuss is all about, wonder no more. Now you get to partake in this epic spicy chicken without the actual bird. We started with our Vegan Seitan Chicken re cipe and created this awesomeness. Serve it with our garlic mashed potatoes and sautΓ©ed rainbow chard .

A person holding a fried chicken sandwich.

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Spicy fried chicken on a white plate with the bowl of spicy sauce behind it.

If you know us, you know that we LOVE spicy food.

We love to feel a little burn when we eat, and this vegan hot chicken recipe doesn’t disappoint.

It starts out a little sweet and the heat builds with each bite. Such a fabulous thing.

We love this recipe and we’re thrilled to share it with you. So let’s get cookin’!

WHAT IS NASHVILLE HOT CHICKEN?

The story of the origin of Nashville hot chicken is actually kind of funny, in a not so funny kind of way.

It all began in the 1930’s when Norton Prince lll ticked his girlfriend off for the last time, and she thought she’d pay him back for his cheating ways by making him fried chicken that was so hot it would make him cry for mercy. Or something like that.

It didn’t work. He actually loved the spicy chicken and built a business selling it to the fine people of Nashville.

Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack is still going strong in Nashville and has become popular throughout the world.

There’s even a KFC Nashville Hot Chicken sandwich!

A spicy fried chicken sandwich on parchment paper with a pastry brush dripping spicy sauce next to it.

So what exactly is hot chicken?

It’s fried chicken that’s made with a spicy marinade and then topped with a cayenne pepper oil.

The first bite is strangely kind of sweet, and then the heat builds.

If you love spicy food, you’re going to cry for joy over this vegan Nashville Hot Chicken recipe.

A white bowl of spices and oil.

WHAT INGREDIENTS DO YOU NEED TO MAKE NASHVILLE HOT CHICKEN?

To start, you’ll need to make a batch of our seitan chicken

Once that’s made, these are the ingredients you’ll need.

  • 1 cup plant milk (unsweetened almond, soy, cashew, or pea protein) plus 2 tablespoon of lemon juice – when you whisk them together it is like buttermilk.
    One tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Hot sauce – if you’re not a fan of super spicy food, feel free to add less.
    Two vegan eggs – we use JUST egg for this. You can use Follow Your Heart Vegan Egg, too. Both work great.
    2 cups of all-purpose flour
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Β½ cup of melted vegan butter – we prefer Miyoko’s or Earth Balance.
    2 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper – feel free to use less if you’re sensitive to heat.
    1 tablespoon of brown sugar
    One teaspoon of paprika
    1 teaspoon of garlic powder
    Salt and pepper to taste
  • ΒΌ cup of the chicken oil

HOW DO YOU MAKE A VEGAN NASHVILLE HOT CHICKEN SANDWICH?

STEP ONE

Make the vegan seitan chicken recipe. Click HERE to get the recipe.

STEP TWO

Whisk the vegan egg, plant milk, lemon juice, and hot sauce together in a shallow bowl.

Stir the flour and salt together in a shallow bowl.

Whisk the melted vegan butter, cayenne pepper, brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, and salt and pepper together in a small bowl and set aside.

STEP THREE

Fill a heavy skillet with two inches of oil and heat it to 350Β°F (176Β°C).

STEP FOUR

While the oil is getting hot, dredge a chik’n cutlet in the flour, then the egg and milk mixture, and once more in the flour.

Continue with the remaining cutlets.

Fry the vegan chicken (leave room between each cutlet so they cook evenly) for approximately 4 to 5 minutes per side, or until they’re golden brown and crispy.

Remove from the heat and place on a cooking rack or plate lined with paper towel. This will absorb any excess oil.

STEP-FIVE

CAREFULLY spoon out a Β½ cup of the oil from the pan and add it to the cayenne and butter mixture.

Stir it until completely combined then thoroughly brush it on the fried chicken.

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TIPS ON MAKING THE BEST VEGAN NASHVILLE HOT CHICKEN

  • Make sure that the chicken cutlets are at room temperature. This will ensure that the breading sticks and they’re hot in the middle.
  • Make sure that the oil is 350Β°F (176Β°C). This will ensure the crispiest breading. Keep in mind that when you add the chicken the temperature will drop a bit, that’s okay, don’t turn the heat up.
  • Don’t be afraid to coat the chicken with the sauce, that’s what makes hot chicken, HOT CHICKEN.

HOW SHOULD I SERVE HOT CHICKEN?

Traditionally it’s served with white bread and pickles.

We’re not fans of white bread, so we like it on a bun or alone. The pickles are always welcome, though.

You can also cut the seitan chicken into smaller pieces to make Nashville Hot Chicken Wings.

MORE VEGAN MEAT RECIPES YOU WILL LOVE

A spicy fried chicken sandwich with pickles on parchment paper with a black background.

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A spicy fried chicken sandwich on parchment paper with a pastry brush dripping spicy sauce next to it.

The Best Vegan Nashville Fried Chicken

Spicy hot fried chicken with a crunchy coating and a delicious sweet to spicy flavor. Just like the real thing, only no birds were harmed.

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