Fire Bird Nashville Hot Chicken

Origins of Nashville Hot Chicken

crispy chickenNashville Hot Chicken is an 80-year old recipe that was created by a woman whose partner came home late one night and smelled another women’s perfume on him. Despite being scorned, she was a sweet and hospitable southern woman, so she fixed him a meal anyway. Raged with a fiery wrath, she made him the spiciest fried chicken she could which was doused in spices to punish him, but it backfired because he enjoyed her spicy chicken so much, he had asked her to make it again for him and guests. The woman’s identity remains a mystery, but her partner, the legendary Thornton Prince, carried on the recipe and he opened his own family-established hot chicken shop for their community serving up the Nashville specialty fried chicken. Once called BBQ Chicken Shack until 1980, Prince’s Hot Chicken family restaurant is still in business and is the first flagship store of all Nashville Hot Chicken restaurants in the U.S.
 
Prince’s Hot Chicken is operated by Thornton Prince’s niece, Andre Prince Jeffries, and her niece, Kim Prince. If ever in Nashville, we do recommend you give them a visit amongst many other hot chicken restaurants in the region including:

  • Hattie B’s
  • Pepperfire
  • 400 Degrees
  • Bolton’s Spicy Chicken and Fish