Fried chicken is a fatty, decadent comfort food that is loved by people all over the world. Did you know, though, that one of the world’s most popular guilty pleasures has its roots right here in our backyard when West African seasoning customs and Scottish chicken-frying techniques were merged to produce the ultimate soul food?
Up until World Waɼ II, fried chicken was a pricey delicacy. Still, owing to mass production methods, we can indulge on a budget in practically any city worldwide. Therefore, because July 6 is National Fried Chicken Day, we break out our buckets of chicken and napkins.
Why Do We Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day?
Although American fried chicken is regarded as the best, it wasn’t invented in America. The practice of deep-frying chicken in fat dates back to the Middle Ages in Europe, but it was brought to the United States by Scottish immigration.
Their recipe was a little on the bland side because they loved eating their fried chicken without seasoning. The fried chicken recipe was adopted by the African slaves of the Scottish immigrants, who frequently added more spices as their own distinctive touch to the way the fried chicken was prepared.
When former African slaves started working as cooks in Southern American homes, this dish quickly became a standard. One basis of this theory is from James Boswell’s journal titled “Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides.” In 1773, he wrote about eating fricassee of fowl for dinner, served by the locals — “fried chicken or something like that.”
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Hannah Glasse wrote the earliest known recipe for fried chicken in the 18th century in her cookbook titled “The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy.” Her recipe was strangely named ‘To Marinate Chickens,’ and its first publication was in 1747.
Without naming Colonel Harland David Sanders, the king of fried chicken, the history of fried chicken would fall short. He worked a variety of jobs before having the brilliant idea to use a pressure cooker and a mixture of spices to prepare fried chicken quickly. It wasn’t an immediate hit when he first started serving the meal at his Corbin, Kentucky, eatery.
He began traveling and selling his fried chicken at age 65 under the name “Kentucky Fried Chicken.” He assumed the title of colonel for the purposes of his business. When he sold his business in 1964, there were 600 KFC franchises spread out over the nation.
Consumers and food enthusiasts continue to be intrigued by fried chicken. Popeye’s introduced its fried chicken sandwich in 2019, which created a tremendous stir. The hoopla and craze around the chicken sandwich are still going strong today, and there is a constant “chicken waɼ” between rival franchisees.
How to Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day?
There are numerous methods you can use to observe National Fried Chicken Day. Of course, the best way to make sure that this day is a success is to go to your preferred fried chicken restaurant. Grab a few of your close friends and family members and tuck them into your preferred bucket of chicken.
Being the head chef in the kitchen is a must if you want to ensure that you enjoy the best of the best and are feeling a little bit experimental. Try making your own friend chicken creation. Why not? Today, you may quickly discover a terrific recipe to follow online, thanks to the abundance of great recipes available.
Spice up the famous southern meals and shout “Yeehaw!” to spice up the day even more. To regain the spring in the step, sprinkle a mixture of cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and paprika over the chicken. Adding some hot sauce? Let’s go all out, of course! To further increase the delectable fried food’s yum factor, serve it with chicken gravy.
Waffles and the succulent bird make a traditional pairing. Or why not make the chicken the main attraction and serve it with a delectable side dish? Buttermilk biscuits, cold potato salad, and coleslaw are other mouthwatering sides. The taste will undoubtedly be delectable if there is fried chicken on the plate.
You can see a tweet below that is about National Fried Chicken Day:
It’s National Fried Chicken Day!🍗 pic.twitter.com/QCA17wRAib
— 1200 WOAI (@1200WOAI) July 7, 2023
By serving fried chicken to your coworkers on National Fried Chicken Day, you could quickly become everyone’s favorite person. Ordering a few family-sized buckets is all that is necessary to make everyone happy. Doing this is the easiest way to increase your likelihood of getting named Employee of the Month.
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