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Nashville Hot Turkey

Nashville Hot Chicken recipe. Can be used for chicken, wild turkey, or even fish.

Nashville Hot Turkey

Hot Pepper Oil Ingredients:

  • 5 TBSP Cayenne Powder

  • 1 TBSP Brown Sugar

  • 1 tsp Chili Powder

  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder

  • 1 tsp Paprika

  • 1 Cup Vegetable Oil

Hot Pepper Oil Preparation:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small pot or saucepan. Stir thoroughly with a whisk.

  2. Heat mixture on medium heat until the mixture starts to simmer.  

  3. Reduce to low heat, stir mixture frequently while simmering for 2-3 minutes.

  4. Remove from heat and allow flavors to infuse while you prepare the meat.

Turkey Ingredients:

  • One whole wild turkey breast, trimmed

  • One egg, slightly beaten

  • Lefty's Chicken n Fish mix, or any seasoned flour of your choice.

  • Vegetable or Peanut Oil

  • White Bread, Pickles (optional)

Turkey Preparation:

  1. Slice turkey breast across the grain into 1/2" thick strips. 

  2. Toss turkey strips in egg to evenly coat the meat.

  3. Roll turkey strips in seasoned flour. If you desire, repeat steps 2 & 3 for a thicker, crunchier crust.

  4. Heat oil to 350º F in a deep fryer, stovetop pot, or electric fryer. A deep fry thermometer is recommended.

  5. Fry turkey until golden brown on the outside, solid white on the inside, 165º F internal temp.

  6. Place turkey strips over sliced white bread.

  7. Use a basting brush to baste the turkey with the hot oil. Garnish with pickles if desired.


Oil recipe will make enough oil for multiple batches of turkey. You can save leftover oil in a container in the fridge or freezer for later use.

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