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Looking for an easy way to make keto Nashville Hot Chicken at home? Sheet pan chicken thighs are seasoned and oven baked crispy then smothered in a spicy cayenne Nashville Hot Sauce.

Sheet pan Chicken thighs Brushed with Nashville hot sauce

Nashville Hot Chicken- How hot do you like it!

Nashville Hot Chicken is a magical combination of juicy southern fried chicken smothered in an oil based cayenne pepper sauce. Hot Chicken is traditionally served with white bread and pickles to balance out the fiery chicken. Obviously the white bread is out but I’ve seen a Wonder Bread Chaffle Recipe that would go great with the hot chicken. I decided the pickles were enough for me and I made a sauce that is spicy but not overwhelming. 

You can control the spice level by how much cayenne pepper you use not only in the sauce itself but real badasses actually shake another coat of straight cayenne on top of the sauce…I’m not that brave but you do you! If you want to make the sauce milder you can replace some of the cayenne with smoked paprika and just lightly brush the sauce on top of the chicken.

Sheet Pan Crispy Chicken Skin.

Instead of frying the chicken thighs I wanted to make this recipe simple so I decided to bake the chicken in the oven. It’s amazing how crispy you can get the chicken just from baking on a sheet pan in the oven. Two tricks to crispy oven baked chicken is to take the chicken out of the package the night before to air dry in the fridge. The second secret is adding baking soda to the spice rub. The baking soda and salt help draw out moisture to help the skin get extra crispy.

If you prefer you can make this same recipe in your Air fryer. You can also use chicken wings or breasts if you prefer instead of chicken thighs. One advantage of using dark meat is that it can be cooked to a higher internal temperature and remain juicy. I cook all dark meat to 175-180 degrees F. Whereas I would only cook breast meat to 160 degrees F. I am always gonna be team chicken thighs because it’s the juiciest meatiest part of the bird.

What is Wondrose?

Recently I had a chance to try out a new keto friendly sugar replacement Wondrose from Keto and Co. It’s a zero net carb and zero calorie sweetener made from Erythritol, Non GMO Soluble Corn Fiber, Inulin and Monk Fruit. I was very impressed how well it blended into the sauce and has a powdered sugar consistency instead of the granule texture I’m used to with erythritol. I’m impressed with the fact that there was no cooling aftertaste. I look forward to trying it in some baking recipes in the near future so stay tuned.

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Sheet pan Chicken thighs Brushed with Nashville hot sauce

Nashville Hot Chicken Thighs

5 from 1 vote
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Nashville, Sheet Pan Recipe
Diet: Diabetic
Keyword: chicken thighs, keto, Nashville chicken, sheet pan recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 295kcal
Author: Culinary Lion

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Chicken Thighs 8 Thighs

Nashville Hot Sauce

Additional Garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Combine seasoning to prepare rub seasoning. Trim off any extra skin and shape chicken thighs so they sit flat on the sheet pan. Generously season both sides of chicken thighs.
  • Lay chicken thighs on sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 45 minutes until chicken thighs reach 175 degrees and skin is crispy.
  • in a small saucepan whisk together butter, wondrose, Cayenne, paprika and hot sauce over low heat. Whisk constantly and do not let the sauce boil or the butter will seperate. Remove from heat as soon as butter is fully incorperated into the sauce. Set aside.
  • Once chicken is fully cooked dunk or brush chicken thighs in sauce to fully coat. Serve with dill pickle chips.

Notes

Serving Size 1 chicken thigh w/ Sauce

Nutrition

Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 2267mg | Potassium: 394mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2563IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition Facts
Nashville Hot Chicken Thighs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 295 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 141mg47%
Sodium 2267mg99%
Potassium 394mg11%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 2563IU51%
Vitamin C 24mg29%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Cindy S

    5 stars
    Hubby loved this Nashville Hot chicken. I’ve never dared to make it since my husband has high expectations of Nashville style chicken. I’m so happy I went for it! I didn’t have Tabasco, so I used Frank’s Red Hot for my sauce base. I ended up with extra sauce, which I look forward to using on other meats this week! I followed the spice recipe exactly (we like spice!) and it was a perfect level of heat for us. Thanks again for another amazing keto recipe!

    1. Culinary Lion

      Thanks so much for trying this recipe, I love Nashville chicken so I very pleased that you enjoyed the recipe!!!

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