Earlier this month, we went to Nashville for hubby’s 40th/CMA Fest. We had so much fun and also ate our weight in fried chicken. Let me tell you. That spicy fried chicken thing they’ve got goin’ on in Music City is to. die. for.
I wish fried chicken didn’t have calories, because I’d be making this on the reg. But, these sandwiches gave us just enough of a little taste of Nashville at home.
To kick these sandwiches up a notch, I generously added spicy honey on top of the fried chicken. And then, topped them with the Trader Joe’s sweet and spicy jalapenos that are amazing (and I literally add to everything these days) and some spicy pickles.
When we were in Nashville, we stopped by Hattie B’s one night for dinner for the hot chicken. Holy shit, guys. It was HOT. We did try the hottest of the hot (shut the cluck up) and my tongue was straight up RED. I about died for at least 10 minutes. Never again. It was the kind of spice that just hurts and has no flavor. So I swear to you, these sandwiches are NOT that kind of hot. It really is all about the toppings that makes it spicy.
I used soft Portuguese rolls for the sandwiches, they’re our favorite for any kind of sandwich with a serious filling. They also toast up so nicely if you want to add some extra texture to your sammie.
Make sure you have all your toppings ready to go. I used:
- Trader Joe’s sweet & spicy jalapenos
- McClure’s spicy pickles
- Ice berg lettuce tossed with my ranch dressing
- Bee’s Knees Spicy Honey
I can’t recommend this honey enough – it’s the only spicy honey that I actually care for – the others just taste hot but not enough flavor and the Bee’s Knees is perfectly balanced.
So whip up a batch of fried chicken, split your rolls, top it with your toppings and enjoy!