In addition to its bourbon, Kentucky is noted for some enjoyable edibles. One of those most celebrated is crunchy and salty 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. On July 6, savor the flavor of this fine fowl in celebration of Fried Chicken Day.
Chicken pieces are coated in batter or a seasoned crumb mixture and then dropped into hot oil. Magic occurs as the oil seals in moisture and transforms the outer coating into a surface of crunchy nooks and crannies that offer a tapestry of nuanced flavors.
Whether one prefers white meat, dark meat, strips or nuggets, few people can resist fried chicken. There’s something comforting about that satisfying crunch when you bite into the golden-brown coating and combined flavors of herbs and spices as they tantalize your taste buds.
Celebrate Fried Chicken Day by frying up a big batch. Round out the menu with biscuits and sides of mashed potatoes, coleslaw, and corn on the cob. Offer some Kentucky bourbon barrel-aged ale to happily 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?