Nashville Hot Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

I’m a huge fan of Nashville Hot chicken. You can get it as hot (or not) as you want. Crispy fried chicken, spicy coating. What’s not to love? I’ve made in the deep fryer, now I’ve taken on making it in the Char-Broil Big Easy. And I won. Nashville Hot chicken on the Big Easy is crazy good. Again, crispy skin. And again, spicy coating. Perfect!

Nashville Hot Chicken on the Char-Broil Big EasyI also have a great recipe for deep-frying Nashville hot chicken. It’s a little more traditional than my Big Easy version, but both are super tasty! Since my Big Easy version doesn’t require deep-frying you don’t have oil from the fryer to use for the spicy coating. That’s why you’ll have to just make your own spicy coating using oil from your pantry. It’s still fantastic, and hey, you don’t have to mess with deep-frying the chicken!

You can use this same approach for making Nashville hot chicken wings, thighs, legs, and even boneless chicken breasts!

Also try my downtown roasted chicken on the Big Easy. There’s nothing that the Big Easy doesn’t do great.

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Nashville Hot Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 4 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

For the chicken

  • 4 split chicken breasts skin on if desired
  • Hot sauce to taste
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Dill pickles and sliced white bread for serving (optional)

For the spicy coating

  • 1/2 cup hot frying oil
  • 1-3 tablespoons cayenne pepper I used 2 and found the flavor to be perfect, and not too terribly hot
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  • Rinse chicken and pat dry.
  • Brush the chicken on all sides with the hot sauce.
  • Season well and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before cooking.
  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Place the chicken into the basket and lower into the cooker.
  • Cook chicken until it reaches 165 F as measured in several locations, 10-15 minutes per pound.
  • Remove chicken and brush with the spicy coating. Use a little or a lot depending on how hot you want the chicken.
  • Serve with dill pickles and white bread.

For the spicy coating

  • Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Whisk until well combined.
  • Keep warm on low until ready to use. Stir before brushing onto the chicken.

Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center

Twenty plus years ago I went to the Gayloard Opryland Resort and Convention Center near Nashville, Tennessee for a convention. After all those years, Anita was able to join me in returning, this time for a few days of rest and relaxation. The Gaylord is the largest (2700+ rooms) non-casino hotel in the United States. It’s huge. Big. Massive. And oh does it ever have some great interior spaces. Plants, flowers, waterfalls, rivers, you name it. All under a massive roof. The plan for our trip was to enjoy the hotel, saving the local attractions (except for the mall) for a later visit.

Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center SpacesOf course, there’s a huge convention space. And about 14 restaurants. And it’s right next door to the huge Opry Mills mall. But other than me saying that all of the restaurants we ate at in the hotel were fantastic, I’m going to post more about the beautiful indoor grounds. I should say though, make sure that you get a Cobb salad at Fuse, a pizza at Paisano’s Pizzaria, a crazy good Jack Burger (with fried green tomato, brisket and pimento cheese) and the burnt ends at Jack Daniel’s. We didn’t have time to enjoy all of the great restaurants, but I also recommend grabbing some cocktails at The Falls. You’ll find the service to be great everywhere.

Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center SpacesSo let’s start with a gander around some of the open spaces at the Gaylord, which is divided into 3 large atriums: Cascades, Garden Conservatory, and Delta (which our room overlooked). Each is very well designed, from beautiful paths to lighting, to plants and flowers. If you can, get a room with a balcony overlooking an atrium. It’ll cost you a bit more but it is worth it.

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Also note that the color of the carpet in the hall in your room matches the area you are in. That colored carpet will help get you back to your room, specially if you’ve been hopping between the many bars in the resort. Trust me.

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Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center Spaces

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Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center SpacesBesides more traditional ‘indoors’ eating areas, you can also grab a bite in an open space, such as here in the Cascades or The Falls.

Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center Spaces

Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center SpacesThe Gaylord has changed a lot (for the better) since I was last there. They’ve added more rooms, more atriums, and recovered from a horrible flood in 2010.

Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center SpacesYou don’t have to leave the resort for anything, if you don’t want to. Yes, there’s golf nearby. And you can take a ride into downtown Nashville. Or walk over to the General Jackson and take a river boat ride on the Cumberland River. We opted to stay in the hotel and just enjoy the sites and restaurants.

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I give the Gaylord high points on my ‘Mater Rater.

'Mater Rater Restaurant Score 5-5-5-5

 

Nashville Hot Chicken

There’s good and then there’s great. Nothing beats Nashville hot chicken when it comes to great fried chicken. The best, light, crunchy coating that you can imagine. Tender, moist chicken. And of course, heat. Plenty of heat. I could make and eat Nashville hot chicken any day of the week.

Because I prefer chicken wings over say, split chicken breasts, I used wings for this dish. They were crazy good. No need for blue cheese or ranch dipping sauce, either. Just pick them up and get to eating.
Nashville Hot ChickenI don’t recommend being too shy with the spicy coating that you brush on the chicken just before serving. It’s hot, trust me, but I didn’t find it to be so hot that I couldn’t stand it. But don’t get me wrong, your eyes will water. At the minimum.

You’ll find that the coating is so good you’ll want to use it for other things, like chicken nuggets or fingers.

Nashville Hot Chicken

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 12 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 12 hours 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

For the dry brine

  • 3 pounds chicken cut into pieces I used chicken wings, separated into flats and drumettes
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

For the dip

  • 1 cup milk I used buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Louisiana-style hot sauce

For the dredge

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt

For frying

  • Vegetable oil

For the spicy coating

  • 1/2 cup hot frying oil
  • 1-3 tablespoons cayenne pepper I used 2 and found the flavor to be perfect, and not too terribly hot
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

For serving

  • Dill pickle slices
  • White bread slices

Instructions

For the dry brine

  • Season chicken and place into a baggie or resealable container.
  • Seal and refrigerate overnight or up to 24 hours.

For the dip

  • Whisk together the milk, eggs and hot sauce in a pie pan or shallow bowl.

For the dredge

  • Whisk together the flour and salt in a pie pan or shallow bowl.

For frying

  • Heat a few inches of oil (enough to cover the chicken) in a deep fryer or Dutch oven to 325 F.
  • Working in batches, dredge the chicken in the flour. Shake off excess.
  • Dip chicken into the milk mixture. Shake off the excess.
  • Return the chicken to the flour and dredge again. Shake off excess.
  • Transfer chicken to the hot oil and fry until done (165 F internal temperature), flipping occasionally, 10-15 minutes.
  • Place on a rack to cool and drain. (I kept my chicken in a hot warming drawer while I finished cooking the rest of the chicken.)

For the spicy coating

  • When you're done frying the chicken, ladle 1/2 cup of the hot oil into a small sauce pan and whisk in the spicy coating ingredients.
  • Brush mixture over the chicken. The more you brush on, the hotter it'll be.

For serving

  • Serve garnished with Dill pickle and white bread slices, if desired.