The family business that put Nashville hot chicken on the map

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The family business that put Nashville hot chicken on the map

Paige Williams // Photo by Irina Rozovsky // The New Yorker

Those who think they can handle spice would do well to take care when trying hot chicken from Prince’s in Nashville, Tennessee. Myth follows André Prince Jeffries, owner of Prince’s since it was left to her after being passed around to a few relatives by Thornton Prince III. Legend has it that a vindictive girlfriend spiced his chicken to the point of pain after Thornton returned home late one night, and the recipe has been coveted and craved since. Prince’s hot chicken has been called Nashville’s “only indigenous food” by a former mayor and has dealt with whitewashing as it has grown in popularity. Some advice for dealing with the heat, from Jeffries herself, from the article: “‘Start out slow.’ She added, ‘Say your prayers.'”

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