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Lay’s Debuts New Flavors Including ‘NASHVILLE HOT CHICKEN’

It’s been a minute since Lay’s dropped some new flavors on us, and with many avid snackers staying indoors these last few months any new variety is more than welcome.

The new line of Lay’s Potato Chip flavors all follow a restaurant-inspired theme. These include Carnitas Street Tacos (inspired by El Torito), Philly Cheesesteak (inspired by Geno’s Steaks), New York Style Pizza (inspired by Grimaldi’s), Chile Relleno (inspired by Cocina Azul), and Nashville Hot Chicken (inspired by Party Fowl).

Immediately after hearing the flavor list, my mind started wondering which of these flavors pair best dunked in some cold ranch dressing. Probably the hot chicken and pizza.

Those interested in checking out these new flavors will be able to find them launching at the end of July in participating grocery snack aisles. The Chile Relleno, however, will be exclusive to Walmart and 7-Eleven locations.

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Man Makes Nashville Hot Chicken Blindfolded With Some Scorching Results

 

Making your own fried chicken at home is one of the most comforting meals you can produce. But can we make it Nashville Hot style while blindfolded?

Foodbeast Chris attempted the hard-mode cooking challenge as part of a Kitchen League mini game. Kitchen League is Foodbeast’s monthly competitive cooking show on Twitch where the audience gets to sabotage the chefs live.

When competitions aren’t streaming, members of the Foodbeast team will hop on and cook while plagued with various sabotages like time crunches, cooking while blindfolded, and other obstacles. It’s a chance to practice these sabotages that chefs will face throughout the competition, going through them one at a time to understand where problems can occur.

Chris is actually one of the judges on Kitchen League, so going in on Kitchen League Minigames like this helps him understand what the chefs go through during their cooking time.

Chris did have fellow Foodbeast Elie acting as a guide over video chat to make sure he didn’t burn or injure himself, but getting everything else done correctly was up to Chris.

This included loading up the fried chicken into the deep fryer…

Coating it in the Nashville hot oil…

… and even seasoning it while relying on kitchen awareness and Elie’s instructions.

While there were some struggles with holding the chicken after it was fried, as well as attempting to coat the chicken with oil and seasoning, Chris emerged unscathed,  with a triumphant platter of glistening, fiery Nashville Hot Chicken in hand. He managed to complete the challenge in just under 2 hours, a remarkable feat while not having any sight to work with.

The hardest part of it to Chris, outside of cutting chicken and dropping into scalding hot oil, was trying to not get any of the fiery spice caught in his throat while trying to cook. As he found out tasting it at the end, the chicken’s heat catches up with you fast.

You can view parts of the challenge through the clips posted throughout this post, and the full stream is available on Foodbeast’s Twitch page. The next challenge, on Thursday, May 14th at 2 PM PST, will be Foodbeast Costa (that’s me) attempting to make sushi one-handed, so stay tuned to see how that turns out.

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Yes, Nashville Hot Chicken Breakfast Burritos Exist

Nashville hot chicken has exploded in recent years, leaving ample room for chefs to experiment with the regional specialty. Featured in our latest News Bites, one of the most exciting creations is something that could’ve only been made in California: the Nashville Hot Breakfast Burrito from Cluck & Blaze in Long Beach.

As with most great dishes, they’ve kept the ingredients list simple: cheese, egg, tater tots, ‘comeback sauce’, and, of course, chicken tenders. What’s unique is their preparation, with the 360-degree cheese and egg skirt being the most visually striking element here.

By placing what equals to an unflipped omelet over a cheese-topped tortilla, the tots, tenders, and sauce are ensnared by a three-headed snake the likes of which can be akin to the 2017 Golden State Warriors.

These aren’t your average fair chicken tenders either. These guys are hefty, like if you actually deboned a chicken breast.

After getting a light slathering of oil, the tenders are covered in a smokey spice mix and chopped into bit-sized pieces. The mix comes in five varying levels of heat: Chicken?!, You Can Do Better, Better!, Feel It Twice, Call Mom, and Call the Morgue. I’ll let you take a guess at which one is the spiciest.

The whole thing is then doused in ‘comeback sauce’, which is Cluck & Blaze’s house sauce that’s made with a secret blend of spices.

Unsurprisingly, the five instruments of flavor work in harmony like it’s that one four-second part of a song where the melody hits just right. With fluffy egg, gooey cheese, crispy tots, and hot chicken in every bite, it’s hard to imagine where this could’ve gone wrong, and how someone hasn’t done this before. It’s a unique take on hot chicken, one that separates itself from the pack of sandwiches that have come to represent hot chicken’s supposed height.

It’s real height comes in the form of the Foodbeast-sized burrito shown below. Ask for the Foodbeast version, and Cluck & Blaze will chef up a burrito fit for Man Vs. Food. With double the egg, cheese, tots, sauce, and, tenders, this thing could feed three with ease.

Hats off to Cluck & Blaze, and check out the video to catch an in-depth look at this unique item and it’s gargantuan sibling.

Created in Partnership with Cluck & Blaze. 

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Korean Fried Chicken’s Answer To Nashville Hot Is Here

 

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If you were dropped into Los Angeles’ culinary scene with no prior knowledge, you would think that the concept of spicy chicken is something reserved solely for Nashville hot chicken spots. When it comes to spicy fried chicken, most restaurants have ridden the wave of this particular brand of hot bird. Enter Michin Dak, a local Korean fried chicken spot that’s doing hot chicken their own way.

The shop uses a special spice mix that largely remains top secret, though it’s a fact that some of the included spices have to be imported from Korea. This chicken comes in five different spice levels, the last of which is aptly named “Michin Spicy” and described on the menu simply as “Spicy AF.” 

And boy does it live up to its name. To give a frame of reference, the menu warns patrons that they won’t be offered a refund if they come to think the chicken is too spicy.

While there are a couple of methods to eat this fiery chicken, the Korean Fried Sando is the star of the show. The sandwich comes with a fried chicken thigh, house made Korean pickles, a Greek yogurt-based cabbage slaw, and thousand island dressing, all of which sit in between a fresh, split Brioche bun. It’s sure to give any chicken sandwich a run for its money. 

This unique take on hot chicken can be found at Michin Dak’s sole location on 6th St., in Los Angeles, CA. Check it out and find out exactly what a “Spicy AF” sandwich entails.


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Fast Food

KFC Brings Heat To Their Chicken & Waffles, Nashville Style

When KFC unveiled their version of Chicken & Waffles, fans went crazy, as it only made sense for the fast food restaurant.

Now you can rejoice again, as KFC is releasing a Nashville Hot version, giving a spicy twist on their popular menu item.

The spicy Nashville sauce-covered chicken patties will be sandwiched between two Belgian Liege waffles, with a side of Mrs. Butterworth’s syrup to pour over the entree.

This isn’t KFC’s first foray into Nashville Hot Chicken, first introducing the limited time bone-in offering in 2016. After some time away, KFC will actually bringing back the Nashville chicken to enjoy in either a breast, two-piece, or three-piece tender combo.

Now the mouth tingling chicken will have a little sweetness to accompany it.

The Nashville Hot offerings will be available starting November 18 at participating locations for a limited time, so make sure to get your hands on some before they’re gone.

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Nashville Hot Chicken Loaded Potato Wedges Are A Mouthful of What We Love

The South can’t possibly ever get fried chicken wrong. It’s fact further strengthened by the things they’re doing over at Richard’s Southern Fried in Atlanta, Georgia. There, expect a bird that’s marinated in a special spiced brine anywhere from 24 to 48 hours, depending on its size. A number of their spices are even ground fresh in house to ensure freshness and peak flavor.

Factor in them winning best chicken & waffles and best chicken sandwich in Atlanta and you get an idea of just how good their hot chicken is.

While on a quick trip to the ATL, we stumbled upon some deliciousness they’re serving up that we simply couldn’t ignore: hot chicken loaded potato wedges drenched in a spicy queso and topped with a cooling crown of sour cream. The description itself is a mouthful and so is the dish itself — not that we’re complaining. It’s definitely a worthy switch-up from the typical iterations of hot chicken that have been dominating our IG feeds lately.

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Nashville Hot Chicken Tortas Are The Specialty Of This Creative Pop-Up

With the cravings for Nashville Hot chicken continuing to sweep the nation, you often find folks attempting to recreate their own take on the OG. At the Rojos Hot Chicken pop-up, however, they’ve added a unique Mexican twist in both the preparation and the bread. In lieu of the standard white bread, Rojos opts for bolillos instead, creating their own spin: a Nashville Hot Chicken torta.

Rojos’ owners Rolando and Jose (the pop-up’s name combines their two together) have been cranking out the sandwiches since 2017. Inspired by Howlin’ Ray’s, and a mix of their own favorite flavors, the tortas are filled with ingredients like griddled pieces of nopales, (or cactus) American cheese, and fried chicken with their blend of Nashville/Mexican inspired spices.

 

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NASHVILLE HOT CHICKEN & CHILE VERDE MILANESA TORTAS 👀🤯 //Served on a traditional bolillo, these Mexican inspired hot chicken tortas feature grilled nopales, pickles, slaw & American cheese. 🧀🔥// The deep fried chicken breast can be dipped in hierarchy of spicy sauces that range from spicy to very spicy. 📶♨️ // While this hybrid hot chicken torta ahogada might peel pack some eyelids, the real star of the show is the DEEP FRIED CHILE VERDE MILANESA TORTA, featuring a robust chile verde oil made with serranos. 🤤🌶 // Thanks to the boys at @RojosHotChicken for poppin’ up the #Foodbeast office and feeding the crew! 🥵😋 // Find out where you can find these hot chicken hybrids by reading more on Foodbeast.com!

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In true Nashville hot format, they have different spice levels to the chicken as well, with the Rojo X being the spiciest.

Having endured a few spicy challenges myself, I can say that having tried Rojos’ hottest format, you will definitely need a glass of milk or two to cool things down afterward.

Rojos isn’t just pushing the envelope for hot chicken, however. During a special Foodbeast live stream on Twitch, Rolando and Jose unveiled a Chile Verde Hot Milanesa, taking cutlets of fried pork, dousing it in a chile verde oil made with serranos, and giving it the same treatment as their Mexican hot chicken. The acidity of the verde oil meshes with the crispy fried pork for a flavor combination that has to be tasted to be believed.

You can find Rojos Hot Chicken at their various pop-ups via their Instagram page.

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Panda Express Debuting Sichuan Hot Chicken Nationwide

Both Sichuan and Nashville Hot chicken have been iconic dishes in their own cultures respectively. Boasting a sweet and fiery heat with each bite, the flavors from two different corners of the world have always stood apart, especially in the world of fast food. Though it looks like that time’s come to an end.

The latest original recipe from Panda Express, Sichuan Hot Chicken draws from classic Sichuan-style spices paired with one of the United States’ favorite comfort dishes: Nashville Hot Chicken.

What results is a flavorful marriage of heat and heartiness in the form of a crispy breaded white meat chicken strip.

Head of Culinary Innovation, Chef Jimmy Wang, helped bring forth this culinary union after a trip to Chengdu, China, bringing back the aromatic flavors of tingling Sichuan peppercorns to combine with the spice blends that make up the fundamental identity of Nashville Hot Chicken.

Our boys in the field Richard Guinto and Constantine Spyrou were some of the first ever to try this new fusion of flavors, even having it served in burrito form:

Panda Express’ Sichuan Hot Chicken debuts at all restaurant locations nationwide on July 17, and will run for about 10 weeks or while supplies last.

Note: The pickles featured in our imagery can only be found at Panda Express + Tea Bar locations. The Sichuan Hot Chicken will be served without them at the majority of their locations.