Mrs. Chicken will be first Nashville hot chicken restaurant in Phoenix

Just in case the Phoenix summer isn’t hot enough for you, George Frasher has your back.

The chef/owner of Frasher’s Smokehouse will soon launch a new Phoenix restaurant dedicated to a tongue-blistering Southern specialty.

Mrs. Chicken, opening this summer on 32nd Street just south of Indian School Road, will be the Valley’s first restaurant dedicated to Nashville hot chicken.

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A quirky cult dish that’s widely acknowledged to have originated at Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack in Nashville, Tennessee, hot chicken takes Southern fried chicken and coats it with a searing, spicy paste usually comprised of lard or bacon fat, a handful of spices and lots and lots of cayenne pepper.

It’s a fiery concoction with a long history that has won legions of adoring fans. But if it sounds more like punishment than pleasure, you may be more right than you realize.

The history of Nashville hot chicken

Mrs. Chicken will be first Nashville hot chicken restaurant in Phoenix.

According to family legend, Thornton Prince, the founder of Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack, was a fine cook but a less-than-faithful lover. After a night spent womanizing, his girlfriend decided to take her revenge, not by starting a fight or responding in kind, but by dousing his fried chicken with an obscene amount of pepper and spice.

It didn’t have the intended effect.

Prince loved it, and after perfecting the recipe, he went on to open Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack in 1945, kicking off a local tradition and — nearly 75 years later — a national sensation.

Mrs. Chicken will be first Nashville hot chicken restaurant in Phoenix

While hot chicken has long been a Nashville institution, it suddenly achieved breakout status in recent years, becoming so wildly popular that even KFC introduced its own take in 2016.

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