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National Chicken Month

Get ready to cluck your way through National Chicken Month with delicious recipes, discounts on your favorite dishes, and fun chicken-themed events!
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September 1
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Get ready to cluck your way through September because it's National Chicken Month! This month-long celebration was first established in 1994 by the National Chicken Council to honor America's beloved poultry and recognize its contribution to our diets. Did you know that the average American consumes around 92 pounds of chicken per year? From fried chicken to grilled chicken, this versatile protein is a staple in many households and restaurants across the country. So let's give a round of applause for our feathered friends and all the delicious meals they provide us with!

History of National Chicken Month

National Chicken Month Dates

National Chicken Month Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1942</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Commercial Broiler Chickens</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first specially bred chicken to be sold commercially as broilers were introduced, significantly propelling the poultry industry.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1952</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Fast Food Fried Chicken</div><div class='timeline-text'>Harland Sanders opens the first Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) franchise in Salt Lake City, popularizing fast food fried chicken.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1969</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Chicken Becomes Most Consumed Meat</div><div class='timeline-text'>Chicken surpasses pork as the second most consumed meat in the US, following beef, marking its growing popularity.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1980s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Rise of the Chicken Nugget</div><div class='timeline-text'>McDonald's introduces the Chicken McNugget, making bite-sized chicken pieces a popular fast-food item.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1991</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Chicken Beats Beef</div><div class='timeline-text'>Chicken surpasses beef as the most consumed meat in the United States, reflecting changing dietary habits.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1994</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First National Chicken Month</div><div class='timeline-text'>The National Chicken Council establishes National Chicken Month in September, recognizing the poultry's significant contribution to American diet.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Chicken Month

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Cook a new chicken dish</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Challenge yourself to try a new chicken recipe every week during National Chicken Month. You might discover a new favorite dish!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a local farm</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take a trip to a local farm to learn about how chickens are raised and where your food comes from. You can even pick up some fresh eggs to use in your cooking.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a backyard BBQ</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather your friends and family for a backyard BBQ featuring different chicken dishes. You can even have a friendly competition to see who can come up with the most creative chicken dish.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer at a soup kitchen</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Give back to the community by volunteering at a soup kitchen that serves chicken dishes. Not only will you be celebrating National Chicken Month, but you'll also be helping those in need.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend a chicken festival</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Many cities and towns host chicken festivals during National Chicken Month. Attend one and sample different chicken dishes, participate in fun activities, and learn more about the importance of chickens in our food industry.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Chicken Month

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a versatile protein</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>From fried chicken to roasted chicken, there are countless ways to prepare and enjoy this tasty protein. Whether you prefer traditional flavors or like to mix things up with new spices and marinades, chicken offers endless possibilities for delicious meals.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's healthier than red meat</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Chicken is a great alternative to red meat as it is lower in calories and fat while still providing plenty of protein. It also contains important nutrients like iron, zinc, and vitamin B12, making it a nutritious choice for any meal.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's affordable</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Compared to other types of meat, chicken is often more budget-friendly. You can purchase whole chickens or specific cuts at a reasonable price, making it possible to incorporate into your meals without breaking the bank.</p></div></div>

5 Cluck-tastic Facts for National Chicken Month

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>There are more chickens on earth than humans</h3><p class='facts-content'>There are around 25 billion chickens worldwide, far surpassing the human population. They are the most numerously bred poultry species for their meat and eggs.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Chickens have incredible eyesight</h3><p class='facts-content'>Chickens have one of the most sophisticated color visual capacities among animals. They can see a broader spectrum of colors than humans and are able to detect even minor changes in light intensity.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>There are various breeds of chickens</h3><p class='facts-content'>There are over 500 different breeds of chickens worldwide. These breeds vary in size, color, lifespan, and egg-laying capabilities, providing a diverse range of options for farmers and poultry enthusiasts.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Egg production depends on light exposure</h3><p class='facts-content'>Hens need about 14-16 hours of light per day to maintain egg production. The sunlight influences their internal biological clock and stimulates the release of an egg.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Chickens perform complex communication</h3><p class='facts-content'>Chickens communicate with each other using over 30 distinct vocalizations, each with its specific meaning, including warning their peers about predators or signaling the location of food.</p></div></div>

National Chicken Month FAQs

When is National Chicken Month?

National Chicken Month is celebrated on September 1 every year. In 2024 National Chicken Month will begin on a Sunday.

National Chicken Month Dates



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