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Sichuan Nashville Hot Nuggets Are Addictively Spicy And Numbing

Chicken nuggets are one of the optimal vehicles for spice and heat. There’s a reason every fast food chain from McDonald’s to Wendy’s has a version these days: they’re snackable, addictive, and timeless.

Crank that spice up by combining Nashville Hot and Sichuan’s “Mala” together, and you’re in for a fiery nugget experience that’s spicy, numbing, and insatiable all at once.

Brought together by Foodbeast Chris in the Foodbeast Kitchen, these Sichuan Nashville Hot Nuggets are made up of three components. At the base, you have some easy homemade nuggets that are modeled after fast food’s gold standard of McNuggets. The coating is chili oil that meshes the sweet heat of Nashville Hot with the tingly spicy of Sichuan.

For dipping, Chris made a labneh ranch dressing that’s cooling, creamy, and tangy all at once. Together, it might just be the ideal experience for indulging in a spicy nugget smorgasbord.

To make these Sichuan Nashville Hot Nuggets for yourself, peep the recipe below.

Ingredients

Chicken Nugget Mix

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless Chicken Thighs
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp MSG
  • 1 tsp Lawry’s Seasoning Salt
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • Oil for frying

Dry Batter

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda

Wet Batter

  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup ice-cold vodka
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Salt, Pepper, and MSG to taste

For Coating and Plating

  • 3 tablespoons Sichuan Nashville Hot Chili Oil (Recipe here)
  • 1 cup Labneh Ranch (Recipe here)
  • Slices of white bread
  • Slices of bread and butter pickles

Steps

Prepare The Nugget Mix

  1. Cut chicken into tiny pieces.
  2. Add into a food processor with cornstarch and spices.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Spread onto a baking sheet, and let chill for at least 15 minutes.

Fry Your Nuggets

  1. Shape nuggets using the ground chicken mixture. If you have McNuggets for reference, get them into similar shapes.
  2. Dip nuggets into the seasoned dry batter, then your wet batter, coating evenly.
  3. Transfer immediately to a deep fryer at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook for about 3-4 minutes until cooked and crispy.
  4. Drain on paper towels or a wire rack.

Plating Your Nuggets

  1. Toss the nuggets in your Sichuan Nashville Hot Chili Oil.
  2. Place a slice of bread down on your plate. Load up the nuggets on top, and garnish with slices of pickles.
  3. Drizzle with extra chili oil, and serve with Labneh Ranch on the side for dipping.
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Sichuan Nashville Hot: How To Combine Two Chili Oils

In the realm of fiery foods, few have the appeal, taste, and addictiveness that Sichuan chili oil and Nashville Hot possess. When you combine the two into Sichuan Nashville Hot, the results magnify all of the above.

Start with the numbing fragrance of Sichuan peppercorn that makes the “mala” spice blend of Chengdu so iconic. Add in the rounded heat of Nashville hot with the hint of sweetness it provides, and you hit every aspect of seasoning and flavor your palate can recognize.

We made this for a homemade Chicken Nuggets recipe on Twitch, alongside some Labneh Ranch for dipping. The flavors of this Sichuan Nashville Hot oil harmonize with the Labneh Ranch and these nuggets, creating an addictive snack, party food, or meal that you can pop like chips.

Below is the recipe for the Sichuan Nashville Hot Oil that we made.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp ground Sichuan peppercorns
  • 4 Tbsp Cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • 1/2 cup Oil, make sure it’s hot!

If you’re frying up some chicken nuggets or something else to coat with this chili oil, the oil from the fryer works perfectly for this!

Steps

  1. Combine together all of your spices and mix well in a bowl that can tolerate heat.
  2. Pour your hot oil into the spice blend. Stir to combine and let cool before using.