Joella’s vs Royals: The Louisville Hot Chicken Showdown

Nashville style hot chicken is having a bit of a moment right now in Louisville. It’s a simple dish- fried chicken covered in a fiery paste sat atop a piece of white bread- but it’s one that will have you remembering it (and the face sweats you had while eating it) for days.

While hot chicken may be a relatively new craze in Louisville, it’s nothing new to our neighbors 175 miles south where the dish originated over 70 years ago. The story goes that Thornton Prince’s wife wanted to get back at him for bad behavior and gave his Sunday chicken a spicy kick.

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