We Ate KFC’s ‘Nashville Hot Chicken’ And Have A Full Report For You

08.11.16 11 months ago 71 Comments
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David Pemberton

This piece was previously published and has been reissued after the announcement that KFC is putting Nashville Hot Chicken back on their menu.

I waited in line at Prince’s Chicken Shack for over an hour before finally placing my order. The old woman behind the counter took my money and I asked for Hot Chicken, extra spicy.

“Nah, you gonna want the medium,” she said. “You can’t handle extra spicy.” She was reading a Better Homes and Gardens from 1997 and chewing on the end of a pencil. I stood there, dumbfounded, for several seconds before finding the courage to argue.

“Extra spicy,” I said again. “Thank you.”

The old woman studied me for a few seconds, then walked into the kitchen and returned shortly with a plate of fire-red chicken. “Dead man walking!” She yelled. The restaurant erupted in laughter, like everyone knew what was about to happen.

“I think I’ll be alright,” I said, like an asshole.

I sat down at a booth, unwrapped a napkin, took my first bite of authentic Nashville Hot Chicken, and instantly realized that I’d made a terrible mistake. The old woman was right: I could not handle extra spicy.

There are no words to describe how hot Hot Chicken really is. It sits on the Scoville scale somewhere between “native Thai” and “molten lava.” I muscled my way through the meal with gritted teeth, spewing sweat and tears and breathless gasps until — finally — it was finished.

I’ve been madly in love with Hot Chicken ever since.

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