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Find Nashville-style hot chicken here in Buffalo at Toutant

Since its arrival in downtown Buffalo in 2015, Toutant has made a strong showing with Southern specialties like fried chicken, hush puppies, and its barbecue of the week.

Recently another Dixie delicacy was graduated to its regular lineup: the Nashville-style hot chicken ($15), fried chicken that's been charged with an incendiary dose of cayenne.

The original starts with a story of revenge. Supposedly a woman intent on punishing her philandering boyfriend loaded it with a painful amount of cayenne pepper – but he liked it that way.

At Toutant, the chicken is boneless tenders, battered and fried to a craggy bronze. The sauce it's dipped in before service is sneaky spicy, faintly sweet, then starting with a toasty glow that builds as you eat, but doesn't scorch.

A blend of chiles gives it a huge depth of flavor instead of just flames, making it seductive, not repellent. With accompanying pickles, and pickle brine white bread – both housemade – it's got an addictive quality that will bring even the timid back for more.

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