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Meet The American Who Gave Us Nashville Hot Chicken

via Insider Food

Thornton Prince, known as the king of Nashville hot chicken, was a legendary figure in early 20th-century Nashville.

He was a charming man who had multiple marriages and relationships, and his passion for fried chicken led to the creation of Nashville hot chicken.

According to the story, one of his spurned lovers spiced up his favorite fried chicken with an excessive amount of cayenne pepper, which he ended up loving.

“He was a loving man and he wasn’t bad on the eyes either,” great-grandniece, family historian and Los Angeles hot chicken chef Kim Prince said.

“Born outside Nashville three decades after the Civil War, Prince was gifted with knee-buckling good looks, penetrating eyes, a lean build, a winning smile and a charismatic personality, by all accounts,” the report said.

Historian Rachel Louise Martin said, “The man really got himself around. He really was married all those times,” Martin said.

“He had multiple other girlfriends and there were several angry women in his past who might have tried to teach him a lesson.”

Prince started selling the hot chicken during the Great Depression and eventually opened a restaurant called the BBQ Chicken Shack.

Nashville hot chicken has become a popular food trend, with variations in spice levels, and is now served throughout Nashville and beyond.

“He was tall, good-looking and handsome,” Prince’s grandniece, Andre Prince Jeffries, told Fox News Digital.

Known around Nashville as Miss Andre today, she took over the original BBQ Chicken Shack in 1980 and renamed it Prince’s Hot Chicken “to recognize the family.”

“He was pleasant to look at. I remember that even when he was an old man and I was child. He had beautiful white hair and he was jolly, just like Santa Claus. He was full of laughs,” said Miss Andre.

“Often called the preacher’s bird or the gospel fowl, echoing its sacred role among West Africans, slaves and their descendants laid the foundation for America’s love with the chicken that is now spreading around the world,” historian Andrew Lawler wrote in his 2014 book, “Why Did the Chicken Cross the World? The Epic Saga of the Bird That Powers Civilization.”

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