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National Chicken Month – September 2024

Look around America — chicken’s everywhere! Whether it’s broiled, baked, fried or floating in our soup, we can’t seem to get enough. In fact, Smithsonian magazine recently called chicken “the ubiquitous food of our era, crossing multiple cultural boundaries with ease.” Still, we don’t often stop to appreciate this delicious protein source. This September, get ready to celebrate National Chicken Month and spend time discovering the past, present, and future of our favorite food.

National Chicken Month timeline

"I'm lovin' it."

McDonald's introduces their chicken nuggets

July 29, 1977
Chicken Wing Day

Guess which city came up with this. Hint: Ever heard of "Buffalo" wings?

Fancy airline food

The American creation of chicken Cordon Bleu made its debut as an airline food

"Secret blend of herbs and spices"

The first Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) was established in North Corbin, Kentucky

National Chicken Month Activities

  1. Host a chicken potluck

    Invite some friends over. The only requirement here is that every dish should incorporate chicken in some way.

  2. Go out for chicken and waffles

    Whether dining out for chicken and waffles on Sunday is part of your weekly routine, or if you've never even tried it before, National Chicken Month is the perfect time order a plate of this sweet (and savory) goodness.

  3. Learn a new recipe

    There are seemingly endless ways to prepare chicken, so during this month, make it a point to learn how to make a recipe you've never tried before. It's always fun to add a new dish to your repertoire.

5 Finger Lickin' Facts About Chicken

  1. That's a lot of chicken

    The average American eats around 83 pounds of chicken per year

  2. Wildly popular

    Chicken is the most widely consumed form of poultry throughout the entire world

  3. Wings and football

    In 2012, over 1.25 billion chicken wings were consumed during Super Bowl weekend

  4. Chicken soup is good for the soul

    For chicken soup manufacturers, cold and flu season generates over half of their revenue

  5. Americans like their chicken

    Over half of the entrees ordered in restaurants are for some form of chicken dish

Why We Love National Chicken Month

  1. Chicken's easy to find

    Check out just about any grocery store or restaurant menu, and you're sure to find chicken somewhere. It's practically always available and affordable.

  2. Chicken's good for your head

    Chicken is high in Vitamin B — which is linked to promoting psychological health. This essential nutrient also helps fight off anxiety, stress, and even memory loss.

  3. It's tasty

    When seasoned properly, chicken is simply scrumptious. People all over the world have their own ways to prepare poultry, so whether you're in the mood for chicken fried rice, chicken marsala, or some crispy fried chicken, your taste buds are in for a treat.

National Chicken Month dates

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