Prince's Hot Chicken

The Original Legendary Nashville Hot Chicken

Nashville’s iconic Hot Chicken didn’t exist before Prince’s. Legend has it, Nashville Hot Chicken was invented when a girlfriend of Thorton Prince, known for his late-night habits and womanizing reputation, decided to dish out her revenge by serving him fried chicken loaded with the hottest peppers and spices she could find. To her surprise (and dismay), Thorton fell in love with it, perfecting the recipe and opening Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack in 1945. It grew to be so popular that they kept a separate room for white customers who wanted a taste of their irresistible hot chicken during a time when segregation governed Southern life.

Today, Thorton’s great niece Andre Prince Jeffries continues to serve the legendary dish that has not only shaped Nashville’s culture, but remains the gold standard for hot chicken across the South.

We're not the only ones who love them!

Prince’s Hot Chicken was named an American Classic by the James Beard Foundation Awards in 2013 and Best Nashville Hot Chicken by Thrillist, Sports Illustrated and the Travel Channel. It has also been featured in Time Magazine, Serious Eats, New York Times, USA Today and more.

Prince's Hot Chicken

The Original Legendary Nashville Hot Chicken

Nashville’s iconic Hot Chicken didn’t exist before Prince’s. Legend has it, Nashville Hot Chicken was invented when a girlfriend of Thorton Prince, known for his late-night habits and womanizing reputation, decided to dish out her revenge by serving him fried chicken loaded with the hottest peppers and spices she could find. To her surprise (and dismay), Thorton fell in love with it, perfecting the recipe and opening Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack in 1945. It grew to be so popular that they kept a separate room for white customers who wanted a taste of their irresistible hot chicken during a time when segregation governed Southern life.

Today, Thorton’s great niece Andre Prince Jeffries continues to serve the legendary dish that has not only shaped Nashville’s culture, but remains the gold standard for hot chicken across the South.

We're not the only ones who love them!

Prince’s Hot Chicken was named an American Classic by the James Beard Foundation Awards in 2013 and Best Nashville Hot Chicken by Thrillist, Sports Illustrated and the Travel Channel. It has also been featured in Time Magazine, Serious Eats, New York Times, USA Today and more.