It’s National Fried Chicken Day! Today we honor a classic American dish. To make this flavorful favorite, coat a piece of chicken in homemade batter and fry it – it's easy! The result is a piece of perfectly cooked chicken that’s crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Yum!
While the American fried chicken we know and love has its roots in the Southern United States, Europeans have actually been eating fried chicken since the Middle Ages. During that time, cooks discovered that covering meat in flour and spices before cooking it helped seal in the flavor and made it easier to eat on-the-go.
National Fried Chicken Day is a great time to try out a new recipe or to visit your local fast food restaurant. Better yet, get your friends in on the fun and plan a backyard picnic! Corn, mashed potatoes, and biscuits are all great accompaniments for fried chicken. Dig in!