Sizzling Hot Chicken Picks

by BENJAMIN EPSTEIN

Fried chicken is sizzling hot, and it’s not cooling down. Whether Nashville hot or Gangnam Style Wings, the bird is an on-fire food trend. Check out these fan faves with truly ingenious takes on a comfort-food classic.


BURNTZILLA

Walnut Village Center

Try Burntzilla’s Buffalo chicken, traditional buttermilk with gravy-potato spread or Nashville hot sandwiches.

Craveable modern sliders on soft-sweet Hawaiian buns are in high demand at this food truck turned storefront. Choose a traditional buttermilk recipe with gravy potato spread, Nashville hot with house pickles or the new Buffalo variation with tangy blue-cheese slaw. Don’t forget a side of tasty tots or loaded fries. Expect scratch made food delivered in mini form that makes a maximum impact on your taste buds.


BB.Q CHICKEN

Quail Hill Shopping Center, Cypress Village Shopping Center, Northpark Plaza

Mix and match your Korean fried chicken at bb.q Chicken. Flavors include Hot Spicy, Golden Original, Soy Garlic and Galbi.

The crispy chicken skin at bb.q Chicken is a result of a two-day prep that includes marinating, battering, breading and frying – in extra-virgin olive oil. This South Korean fried-chicken eatery established the world’s first chicken university in 1995, and it shows with choices ranging from Honey Garlic to Spicy Galbi to Gangnam Style Wings. By the way, bb.q doesn’t stand for barbecue. It stands for “Best of the Best Quality.”


CLUCK KITCHEN

The Square retail center

Hot Nashville Tenders at Cluck Kitchen.

Those seeking the county’s finest Nashville hot chicken take the advice: The Nashville Hot Sandwich delivers a fried, antibiotic-free chicken breast with unforgettable crunchiness and more topography than its namesake city – plus vinegar slaw, pickles and comeback sauce on a pillowy bun. Five heat levels correspond to peppers from cayenne to reaper; fruity habanero is just right. Hot ticket: off-menu Nashville fried pickles.