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July 6: National Fried Chicken Day!!

Real Estate Agent with Frank Rubi Real Estate LLC

Today is a special day for food lovers across the United States, and indeed around the world, as we celebrate National Fried Chicken Day. This annual festivity invites us to take a moment to appreciate one of America's most beloved dishes: fried chicken. Whether it's served as a Southern-style staple at a family dinner, a picnic basket essential, or even as a gourmet entrée in an upscale restaurant, this versatile, delectable dish has a place in all our hearts (and stomachs!).

A Brief History

Fried chicken's roots extend far beyond the American South, back to the Middle Ages, where Scots were known to be among the first Europeans to deep-fry their chicken in fat (unlike their English counterparts who preferred to boil or bake it). When Scottish immigrants settled in the South, this culinary tradition came along with them.

However, the iconic Southern fried chicken that we love today is a combination of these Scottish frying techniques and the seasoning skills of West African slaves. Over the centuries, this dish evolved and has been tailored to include regional variations, each with its unique spin and flavor.

Fried Chicken Around the World

While it is deeply rooted in American cuisine, the love for fried chicken knows no borders. Over time, this dish has found its way into the culinary traditions of various countries, each adding their unique twist to it.

Korea, for example, is renowned for its "yangnyeom chicken", a variant of fried chicken that's double-fried to ensure a crunchy exterior, then typically slathered with a sweet-spicy sauce. In Japan, "karaage" is a popular method of frying marinated chicken pieces, producing a crunchy outer layer and a tender, flavorful interior. And let's not forget the classic Italian "Chicken Parmigiana," where breaded chicken cutlets are fried, then topped with tomato sauce and molten cheese, and served over pasta.

The Art of Making Fried Chicken

Making fried chicken might seem straightforward – just batter and fry. However, those in the know understand that achieving the perfect balance of crispy exterior and juicy, flavorful interior is a craft. The secret lies in the marinade, the batter, the type of oil used for frying, and even the frying technique itself. The smallest variations in these components can lead to vastly different flavor profiles and textures.

Many chefs and home cooks swear by marinating the chicken in buttermilk overnight to tenderize it and infuse it with a tangy depth. Others insist on adding a touch of heat to their batter, with ingredients like cayenne pepper, to complement the richness of the meat.

Celebrating National Fried Chicken Day

There are numerous ways to celebrate National Fried Chicken Day. The simplest and perhaps most satisfying would be to gather your loved ones for a fried chicken feast, whether homemade or from your favorite local joint.

Alternatively, you could push the culinary boat out and experiment with a new recipe. Maybe it's time to try your hand at making Korean-style or Nashville hot fried chicken? Or, for the vegetarians among us, how about exploring some of the increasingly popular plant-based “fried chicken” options?

However you choose to commemorate this day, remember that at its heart, National Fried Chicken Day is a celebration of shared traditions, cultural diversity, and culinary innovation. So, on this day, let's indulge in this universally adored dish and raise a drumstick to the humble yet delicious fried chicken!

How do you like your fried chicken?  Homemade fast food? What fast food brand do you prefer?

Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I had no idea that there was so much history to fried chicken Joseph Lorenzo . We eat a lot of chicken in our home as it's still reasonably priced and delicious.

Jul 06, 2023 02:03 PM
Joseph Lorenzo

Bob, when I did a little research on it I was surprised too. 

Jul 07, 2023 03:55 AM
Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD
http://www.medicalandspaconsulting.com - Vail, CO
Paddy Deighan J.D. Ph.D

I missed this special day !! But I did have chicken parmigiana so I somewhat participated!

Jul 06, 2023 07:32 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

It's funny because my husband decided to BBQ chicken on July 6th!  It was fabulous!  Thanks for posting this well-written blog about chicken.  Good to know!  Joseph Lorenzo 

Jul 09, 2023 03:55 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I am sorry that I missed this - I love fried chicken - don't eat much of it - but I do love it.

Sep 09, 2023 05:34 AM