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A Running List of Nashville Hot Chicken-Inspired Dishes in Music City

A running list of unique takes on the iconic dish, an ultimate bucket list for hot chicken diehards

With more restaurants with hot chicken dishes on the menu than bachelorette parties found strolling 12 South on a sunny Saturday, it’s safe to say Nashville hot chicken has reached iconic status. Love it or hate it, Music City lures tourists in from afar to test their heat tolerance and line-waiting prowess. A dish that utilizes its unique spicy flavor to complement another recipe in a new and unexpected way, hot chicken has become a wildly popular menu item at restaurants throughout Nashville and worldwide.

Dozens of local establishments are going the extra mile, putting interesting new spins on Nashville hot chicken. And while hundreds have added a hot (fill in the blank) dish to their menus, this guide doesn’t include traditional hot chicken, sandwiches/biscuits/salads, wings, tenders, or any of the above served with waffles or as pizza or taco topping — there are plenty of those around town. (No Nashville hot catfish or shrimp here either.) Here, find a running list of menu items around Nashville that color outside the lines.

Consider this the ultimate bucket list of interesting hot chicken-inspired dishes in Music City.

Did we miss your favorite unexpected hot chicken dish? Send us a note and fill us in nashville@eater.com

Breakfast/Brunch

Arnold’s Country Kitchen Saturday brunch: hot chicken tenders with 7-Up pancakes

Party Fowl: hot chicken and pimento cheese omelet, Nashville hot loco moco, hot chicken and stuffed French toast, Nashville hot chicken Benedict


Lunch/Dinner Appetizers

Anzie Blue: Nashville hot chicken dip served with fried pita chips

Burger Republic: Nashville hot tots are dusted in Nashville hot spices, then they add a drizzle of buffalo sauce, chives, and blue cheese dressing

Chauhan Ale & Masala House: hot chicken pakoras with ghost pepper sauce

Hot chicken pakoras at Chauhan
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Fat Kat Slims: Nashville hot-spiced cheese curds come served with marinara, but ask for a side of ranch too

Flatiron: crispy Nashville hot fried oysters come served on Texas toast with pickle chips and remoulade

the Fox Bar: hot chicken spiced hummus (vegan)

Hattie B’s: dirty bird fries are seasoned crinkle fries slathered with pimento mac and cheese, dark meat hot chicken bites, comeback sauce, green onions, and kosher pickles

the Horn Coffee: Hot chicken sambosas

Lockeland Table: Nashville hot crispy pig ears

Nashville hot crispy pig ears
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Nomzilla Sushi Etc: Nashville hot bao buns

Otaku Ramen: hot chicken bao buns

Party Fowl: hot chicken poutine, hot chicken nachos

Third and Home: hot chicken ranch dipping sauce served with fried pickle spears


Soups/Salads

Sea Salt: Nashville hot chowder


Entrees

Brave Idiot (pop up): Nashville hot chicken birria tacos — available at some select pop-up events (find on Instagram)

Germantown Pub: Nashville hot burger with a signature spice rub, homemade pickles, pico de gallo, pepper jack cheese, and crowned with a fried jalapeno

Hurts hot chicken (food truck): hot chicken gyro

The hot chicken gyro at Hurts
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Nashville Hot Chicken Shack: Nashville hot grilled cheese

Nomzilla Sushi Etc: the NomFerno roll features their take on hot chicken with cucumber, pickled red onion, and spicy ranch

Party Fowl: Nashville hot chicken and beignets, hot chicken Cuban sandwich

Pinchy’s Lobster Co.: Nashville hot lobster roll

Red’s 615: hot chicken mac and cheese crunchwrap is a toasted tortilla filled with hot chicken, pimento mac and cheese, bacon, pickles, and comeback sauce

Slow Burn Hot Chicken: hot chicken donut, egg roll, breakfast burrito, and apple fritter

The Stillery: hot chicken mac and cheese

Subculture: hot chicken ramen

Von Elrod’s: hot chicken schnitzel sandwich


Desserts/Drinks (Yep)

Nashville Underground: Nashville hot ice cream is a Belgian waffle topped with vanilla bean ice cream, Nashville hot sauce, candied pecans, and crispy bacon

Pancho and Lefty’s: El Diablo margarita features a hot chicken rub on the rim

Party Fowl: BNA bloody mary comes with a choice of walkers bloody mary mix or Nashville hot bloody mary mix and Nashville's own pickers vodka


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