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Nashville’s Hattie B’s Hot Chicken Will ‘Pop Up’ In Wicker Park Next Month

Hattie B's Hot Chicken hails from Nashville, Tenn.

THE Nashville hot chicken will be available in Chicago — briefly.
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WICKER PARK — Hattie B’s Hot Chicken of Nashville, Tenn., will bring its famous hot chicken to Wicker Park for one day next month.

The hot chicken will be available from 3-9 p.m. Sept. 22 at Dove’s Luncheonette, 1545 N. Damen Ave.

Hot chicken plates will be available in a range of heat levels and will come with southern greens, pimento mac and cheese, white bread and pickles, a spokesperson for One Off Hospitality said. Eater first reported the news.

If you’re new to Nashville chicken, here’s its origin story.

As legend has it, Nashville hot, which dates back to the 1930s, owes its origins to Thornton Prince, owner of a fried chicken restaurant.

Prince didn’t invent the recipe — he was just the first to eat it, and he was supposed to hate it.

As Jane and Michael Stern, writing in Saveur, tell the tale: Prince “had a lady friend so irritated by his carousing that early one morning, upon his return from who-knows-where, she served him a plate of chicken with enough pepper punch to drop his sorry ass. But the booby-trapped bird backfired: Mr. Prince liked it. He liked it so much that he put it on his menu.”

Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack is still mecca for fans of the fiery dish, but Hattie B’s has been attracting big crowds since the family-owned business opened in 2012.