Frank was cooking at Nashville Food and Wine with Johnny Drama and they went on this tour of face-melting, fire-burping chicken joints—places like Hattie B’s and Prince’s that have been frying hot chicken for generations.
Frank came home and for three meals a day for the most joyous part of the summer, he fried variations of spicy chicken. Finally, he settled on a crispy take that we served up in our neighborhood spot, Lou’s.
That Summer of Chicken—of blistering, crispy, delicious, juicy fried chicken—is resurrected for you here. The chicken comes naked, too, or simply roasted for bringing home, but we recommend the eyebrow-melting version, that, if we’re lucky, might remind you of what the masters make (with Bourbon Apple Cider to cool the burn).