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National Fried Chicken Day
The United States, on July 6th, recognizes National Fried Chicken Day. On this day, fried chicken lovers across the country celebrate this American favorite at a nearby restaurant, home, or an outdoor picnic.
Scottish immigrants brought their tradition of deep-frying chicken in fat to the southern United States. After its introduction to the American South, fried chicken soon became a staple. Over time, seasonings and spices were added to enrich the flavor of the chicken.
Fried chicken is a dish that consists of chicken pieces which have been floured or battered then pan-fried, deep-fried or pressure-fried. The breading adds a crisp coating to the exterior of the chicken. Knowing how to get a good crisp on the chicken may seem elusive to some. However, some of the best cooks will tell you the keys to achieving the crispiest fried chicken involves seasoning well and early in the process, adding starch to your flour and frying your chicken at the right temperature. The oil should be 300°F. Finally, let the chicken rest before serving to allow the juices to be absorbed back into the meat. Just like beef and pork, the chicken will be more tender when we allow it to rest.
This is what "they" say. What say you 5* chefs?
Thanks also to the Scots for their contribution to bluegrass music and for Sean Connery.
I have yet to do a "hot chicken" recipe. The wife doesn't go for the spices like I do. So in the near future, I'm going to try the "Nashville Hot" fried chicken recipe....she can have a bologna sandwich....
I do love fried chicken. Which reminds me, I'm not giving up my efforts to have National Fight A Grizzly Bear Day officially declared. We already celebrate it in our home.