Fried chicken is a greasy, deliciously indulgent comfort food enjoyed by millions all over the world. But did you know that the ultimate soul food originated in our own backyard— where Scottish chicken-frying methods were combined with West African seasoning traditions to create what is now one of the world's favorite guilty pleasures. Fried chicken was an expensive delicacy up until World War II, but thanks to mass production techniques, we're now able to indulge ourselves on the cheap in almost any city in the world. So on July 6, we get out our buckets o' chicken and napkins, because it's National Fried Chicken Day!
Why We Love National Fried Chicken Day
A. It has a fascinating history
Invented in the American South by African slaves, fried chicken served as a means of empowerment for female slaves, who were able to generate independent cash flows by selling the dish. Because chickens were the only animals slaves were allowed to own and raise, fried chicken became a popular food among slaves prior to the Civil War.
B. There are countless ways to make it
Spicy? Extra crispy? Regular? There are as many ways to cook fried chicken as there are people lined up to eat it. Fried chicken can be dunked in vegetable shortening, lard, peanut oil, or any other oil of your choice.
C. It’s one of the best finger foods out there
With fried chicken, you can leave your manners at the door. Fried chicken is a dish best eaten sloppily, noisily, and with a lot of flourish. Just keep some napkins nearby.
How to Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day
1. Make your own fried chicken
Moment of truth. Have you ever actually made your own fried chicken? Chances are, you haven’t, and you have no idea where to begin. What better day than National Fried Chicken Day to start? You can use your friends and family as guinea pigs (or should we say chickens?).
2. Eat fried chicken at an authentic Southern restaurant
Fast food fried chicken is delicious (just admit it), but for this special day, step up your fried chicken game. Try the real thing by finding an authentic Southern restaurant in your area. Chances are, fried chicken occupies a prominent place on the menu.
3. Bring a bucket of fried chicken to the office
Fried chicken is traditionally a family meal shared from a common bucket, bowl, or plate. Surprise your coworkers by carting a giant bucket o’ chicken to the office and enjoying it together during your lunch hour. Make sure to bring plenty of napkins—nobody wants greasy keyboards.