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National Fried Chicken Day

by | Jul 6, 2021 | Meyer Moment

Let’s take a Meyer Moment to talk about National Fried Chicken Day. The United States has dedicated an entire day to this fried goodness, to be celebrated July 6th. To help celebrate, we explore the origins, history, and types of this prized American cuisine staple.

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Hey everyone! Welcome back to The Coop with Meyer Hatchery – where we talk all things poultry in hopes of inspiring crazy chicken keepers and educating future flock owners. Each week we like to take a Meyer Moment to cover relevant happenings. 

Let’s take a Meyer Moment to talk about National Fried Chicken Day. The United States has dedicated an entire day to this fried goodness, to be celebrated July 6th. To help celebrate, we explore the origins, history, and types of this prized American cuisine staple.

American fried chicken is most commonly associated with Southern cooking. The first mentions of an American recipe for fried chicken can be found in an early 19th-century cookbook. 

However, you may be surprised to learn the Scottish were some of the first to deep fry their chicken in fat, bringing this cooking style to the United States. Many West Africans had traditions of seasoning their fried chicken through battering. These two cooking techniques were combined, forming what we now know of fried chicken in the American south. 

Fried chicken is labor-intensive, so it was usually reserved for special meals. A special dinner of fried chicken on Sundays after church or at family celebrations made the meal synonymous with down-home sentiment and feelings of family togetherness. 

As each region developed their own way of preparing fried chicken, we now have the many variations that can be found today. One of the most famous takes on fried chicken has its origins in the music city, Nashville. Nashville hot chicken packs a punch with hot sauce and cayenne pepper. It is usually served with bread or biscuits to help balance out the heat. 

Chicken and waffles combine some of the best parts of two completely different meals and almost sounds like an odd combination at first. But one taste of this salty, sweet meal and it all makes sense. This fried chicken variation actually has northern roots, being credited to the Dutch settlers of Pennsylvania. 

Outside of the United States, fried chicken is most commonly associated with the fast-food restaurant, Kentucky Fried Chicken. In 1940, Harland Sanders perfected his own version of fried chicken, using a secret recipe of 11 herbs and spices, and a pressure cooker to drastically shorten the cooking time. The success of his own restaurant showed Sanders the potential of franchising and as they say, the rest is history. This restaurant franchise is only second to McDonald’s as the largest restaurant chain in the world. 

We hope you enjoyed this Meyer Moment about the origins and types of America’s favorite chicken. Be sure to enjoy your own fried chicken dinner on July 6! 

Enjoy the rest of your week and as always, thank you for listening to The Coop!

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Kendra
From Meyer Hatchery

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