In addition to bourbon, Kentucky is noted for some enjoyable edibles. One of the most celebrated is crunchy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside.
This savory food was launched from humble southern kitchens to the starring menu item at one of America’s most famous fast food eateries. Savor the flavor of this fine fowl in celebration of Fried Chicken Day, observed annually on July 6.
Pieces of chicken are coated in batter or seasoned crumb mixtures and dropped into hot oil. Magic occurs as the oil seals in moisture, transforming the outer coatings into surfaces of crunchy nooks and crannies that offer a tapestry of nuanced flavors.
Whether one prefers white or dark meat pieces, strips or nuggets, few people can resist fried chicken. There is something comforting about hearing that satisfying crunch when you bite into the golden-brown coating and combined flavors of herbs and spices.
Celebrate Fried Chicken Day by frying up a big batch. Round out the menu with biscuits and sides of mashed potatoes, coleslaw, and cob corn. Offer Kentucky bourbon barrel-aged ale to wash it all down.
Wherever you decide to celebrate Fried Chicken Day, come hungry. It’s a nonnegotiable requirement that you eat a whole bird. You can’t stop after just one piece anyway, right?