Happy National Fried Chicken Day!!
National Fried Chicken Day is celebrated on July 6th
I have to eat healthy now so I will not be enjoying National Fried Chicken Day. It isn’t the healthiest food on earth, but there are still a lot of you who can and choose to partake in the wonderfully seasoned and crunchiness of fried chicken.
So, for those of you who are lucky enough to enjoy this day I will live vicariously through you.
Fried chicken is an American mainstay in kitchens from Coast to Coast. The history of Southern fried chicken is two fold; some trace it back to North Carolina settlers from Scotland who were predisposed to frying their foods, as opposed to their English counterparts who were more apt to boil or bake. The term, “Southern Fried” was actually coined in 1925, appearing in print for the first time. But fried chicken goes directly back to Europe, Asia and Africa. In the mid-1800s, fried chicken in Vietnam was called Ga Xao. In Italy, Pollo Fritto was a family favorite. From the colonial period until after the Civil War, African spices and cooking methods were used by slaves to prepare fried chicken on Southern plantations. Today, it remains a basic staple on most American dinner tables.
Harland Sanders opened his first restaurant in the back room of a service station in Corbin, Kentucky in 1929. The Sanders Court and Cafe specialized in Southern fare and became so popular that in 1936 Sanders was made an honorary Kentucky Colonel in recognition of his culinary contributions to the state. Pressure cookers became available during this period, and Sanders experimented with both his chicken preparation and his spice mix introducing his “Original Recipe” in 1940. Kentucky Fried Chicken was born and has surpassed all others in popularity and longevity as well. In the Triangle, there is a KFC in or close to every neighborhood, always conveniently located and always serving the best fried chicken ever. (From: The Examiner)