Blogger Amber Wilson’s blog-to-book, For The Love of the South is packed with recipes we Yankees are simply itching to recreate. Revitalize your passion for Southern food with this excellent collection of dishes, drinks, desserts and more. This roasted Nashville hot chicken comes out of the oven with a punch! 

When I moved to Nashville, I was immediately introduced to the local favorite dish, hot chicken. Hot chicken is fried in a cast iron skillet and tossed in a reddish cayenne paste, then served with pickles and white bread, which gets soaked through with shockingly spicy orange chicken drippings.

Although traditionally Nashville hot chicken is fried then tossed in a hot chicken paste, I prefer the method of quickly pan-frying the thighs on the stovetop, then roasting them in the oven. The result is crispy skin and juicy dark meat. While the chicken finishes off in the oven, I have time to clean up the kitchen and get ready for company.

Reprinted with permission from For the Love of the South