Fried Chicken Day is a holiday designed to celebrate and appreciate the unique history and flavor of this traditional Southern meal.
Pop on the chicken song, cluck up a friend or two, and celebrate this day as it was meant to be enjoyed.
If you have a craving for a fried drumstick or wing then prepare to celebrate this very unique holiday in true Southern style.
The best way to do this is to enjoy a plate of the best tasting fried chicken that your city has to offer. On July 6th take a wander on down to your favorite poultry restaurant and enjoy.
Delightfully Crispy and Always Delicious
This Birds Small Size Made it a Practical Meat
Fried Chicken actually has a very unique and somewhat vital role in history. Back before refrigeration come into existence there were only so many means of keeping meat from going bad before it could be consumed. Meat could be sun dried, or smoked, and in the winter it could be frozen.
If you were dealing with a large amount of meat such as that from a cow or buffalo then meat preparation could be very time consuming. Add in the fact that even after the meat was treated there was no guarantee that it would not spoil in the hot summer sun.
The chicken being a small animal was easy to consume and when the meat was fried it could last for days without spoilage. As it kept better than other meats it was a good food to carry with you when you were traveling. Frying was also the perfect way to prepare chicken if you were simply not wanting to consume the entire bird in one sitting.
These birds also had the added benefit of providing eggs for consumption. They served to contribute this valuable source of protein until the time when their meat would be required at the dining table.
History of Southern Fried Chicken
It is believed that it was Scottish Immigrants who were the first within the United States to regularly prepare their chickens through the process of frying them in oil.
The chicken is battered in a mixture of flour or crumbs and then dipped into hot oil. This process tends to create a crispy hard coating that locks in, or seals in, the flavorful juices of the meat.
In the deep South where slavery at that time still existed, the process of frying chicken was taken a step further when the slaves began adding unique and flavorful spices into their coating mix.
The slaves did not have a lot of means of support for themselves but they were generally allowed to keep chickens. This is where the practice of frying chicken in a unique blend of spices became commonplace.
Back then this unique and flavorful fried chicken was a distinctly African American meal but as the recipes were passed along and through colored lines this once humble food became known as Southern Fried Chicken.
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A Day to Sit Down and Enjoy a Historic Meal
Celebrate the joys of chowing down on poultry. Unbuckle your pants and prepare to celebrate National Fried Chicken Day in any way, shape, or manner that might best suit your taste buds.
You can order in a bucket from your local Kentucky Fried Chicken, or dine in at Popeyes, Big Chic, Chester Chicken or which ever other chicken hot spot is near your home and serves up a delicious fried chicken dinner.
You can choose to fry your own at home over an open fire pit in your back yard, or serve it up hot from your stove top, or grill. Batter it, spice it, slather it in sauce, then prepare for some finger licking good food that even old Colonel Saunders would be proud to set himself down to.
You can throw a classy classic Chicken Day party and invite your friends or business associates to sip fine wine and dine by candle light on a fried finger licking good meal.
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Host a National Fried Chicken Day Party
Choose to go all out on July 6th and invite over as many friends and family members as you can gather together for a true country hoe down of a party featuring a ton of fried chicken as the featured event.
Prepare to do the Chicken Dance, play Pin the tail on the Chicken, and have a good old fashioned Egg Hunt.
You can have an egg tossing contest where your guests form two lines parallel to and facing each other. The game begins with approximately one foot distance separating the one line of guests from the other.
Each person in one line is then handed a raw chicken egg. The object is for each of these participants to toss the egg into the hands of the guest directly opposite them. The regulator of the game then calls out, "Step Away", and each person in the line takes one step further away from their partner.
The egg is then tossed back to their team mate. When a couple breaks their egg they are removed from play. The egg tossing then continues until there is only one team left with an unbroken egg. They are officially declared the winner.
Happy Chickens Make Healthier Meals
Always choose eggs and poultry that are purchased from free range farms. Although they are our food source chickens are first and foremost a bird. We sometimes have a bad habit of forgetting that.
So buy food you know comes from a happy home. We can be humane. We can show this small kindness which can mean so much to the lives that it touches.
Every little thought counts and this kind gesture won't go unnoticed. Not only is this the humane way to treat our food source but using natural farming methods produces healthier more people friendly food as well.
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