Can You Handle It? | Limited Edition KFC Nashville Hot
Times they are a changin’! Well at KFC they are – albeit for a very limited time. For the first time in its long history, KFC has tried something different with its famous on the bone recipe. Now now, calm down, don’t fret, the original finger lickin’ fried chicken is still available. What KFC have done is introduce the undiscovered legend that is Nashville Hot chicken.
Yes we know that very little can beat the guilty pleasure of an original 3-piece meal but a change is as good as a rest and the Nashville Hot chicken (or NVH as they like to call it) certainly is a change.
KFC scoured its homeland, the Deep South, to find the best authentic new flavours and found inspiration from Nashville’s original hot chicken shacks. It’s believed to have been created by the Andre Prince Jeffries family, owners of Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack, which is still doing a roaring trade in Nashville.
The story goes that Andre’s great uncle was a bit of a ladies’ man and after a particularly late night out, his girlfriend made him fried chicken with extra spice to teach him a lesson. But Andre’s great uncle loved it and went on to open a chicken shack selling this hot ‘revenge’ chicken which is just as popular today.
That’s the background sorted, so what does it actually taste like? Well we loved it! The Nashville Hot chicken starts with a slightly sweet and smokey taste courtesy of the paprika, then the heat from the cayenne pepper begins to kick in. Don’t worry this isn’t an endurance test, the NVH isn’t going to have you reaching for the ice-cold milk. That said the heat does build, so the more you eat the hotter it gets. Keeping to the traditional NVH recipe, each piece of chicken is served with a crinkle cut slice of pickled gherkin.
Nashville Hot chicken is available in KFC restaurants nationwide from 22nd May to 18th June, (subject to availability). KFC has come up with various combinations for you to give the new recipe a try. Have a blowout with the Nashville Hot Double bucket (£16.49), six pieces of Original Recipe, four pieces of NVH, regular popcorn chicken, two large sides, four regular fries, and a big bottle of fizzy pop! If that’s all a bit much you can always have the 3-piece NVH chicken meal (£5.99) served with one side, fries and a drink.
As said before, we loved it and even more so on our second visit. Not too spicy, full of flavour and yet not so different that it’s a completely alien experience from the original recipe that, as a nation, we adore. I wish KFC would keep this on the menu for a lot longer than four weeks but unfortunately you only have till 18th June (that’s Father’s Day) to try it out – we honestly think you’d be clucking mad to miss it.
PS, I’m a sucker for a fact and couldn’t resist lifting these from KFC‘s info sheet, here’s my top five.
- KFC’s chicken on the bone comes from farms in the United Kingdom and Ireland. There’s over 500 of them, and every single one is Red Tractor assured.
- There’s only one secret KFC won’t share and that’s Colonel Sanders’ Secret Recipe. The 11 herbs & spices are sourced from specific regions around the world to ensure that it remains a secret.
- KFC sells around 14 million pieces of chicken a week (Yes! In a week!), that’s approximately 700 million pieces a year
- KFC came to Britain in 1965, with the first restaurant opening in Preston, Lancashire. (That’s the same year that the Beatles released Help!)
- There are now over 890 restaurants across the UK, with over 24,000 employees.
We ate as guests of KFC, this does not affect our review in any way.
We always write with complete honesty.