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National Fried Chicken Day

Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day with friends and family! Enjoy crispy, juicy chicken with all the fixings for a delicious meal.
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July 6
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Get ready to celebrate National Fried Chicken Day on July 6 with a delicious meal of fried chicken! The origins of this tasty dish can be traced back to Scotland in the 1700s, but it was brought over to America by Scottish immigrants. Today, fried chicken is enjoyed all over the world in many different flavors and styles. So why not join us for a day full of fried chicken fun?

History of National Fried Chicken Day

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National Fried Chicken Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1700s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Scottish Fried Chicken Origins</div><div class='timeline-text'>Scottish immigrants were the first to deep-fry chicken in fat (unlike other cultures which baked or boiled chicken), laying the early foundations for modern fried chicken.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1800s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Fried Chicken in Slave Cuisine</div><div class='timeline-text'>In the southern United States, African slaves incorporated their own seasonings and spices into the preparation of fried chicken, improving the dish significantly.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1930</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Harland Sanders' Service Station</div><div class='timeline-text'>Harland Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken), began serving his own variation of fried chicken at his service station in Corbin, Kentucky.</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 the='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First KFC Franchise Opens</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise opened in Utah in 1952, helping to popularize fried chicken across America and later around the world.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1980</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Popeyes Chain Expansion</div><div class='timeline-text'>In the 1980s, Popeyes, another prominent fried chicken fast-food chain, expanded drastically across the United States, offering a distinctively southern-style fried chicken.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Gourmet Fried Chicken Trend</div><div class='timeline-text'>In the 2010s, gourmet variations of fried chicken began to pop up in restaurants around the world, reflecting its global popularity and versatility.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day

<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 your own fried chicken</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Making your own fried chicken is a great way to celebrate National Fried Chicken Day. You can find a variety of recipes online, and you’ll be able to adjust the flavors and ingredients to your liking.</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'>Host a fried chicken party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite your friends over for a fried chicken potluck or order takeout from a local restaurant. Enjoy the meal together with sides like coleslaw, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, biscuits, and more.</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'>Visit a drive-in theater</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>What better way to celebrate National Fried Chicken Day than by visiting an old-fashioned drive-in movie theater? Pack up some delicious homemade fried chicken and snacks for the occasion.</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'>Share with friends</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Make extra fried chicken and share it with family, friends, or neighbors. It’s sure to make their day—and yours! You could also donate some of your extra food to a local charity organization.</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'>Go on a “Fried Chicken Tour”</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Find out where all the best fried chicken spots are in your area and plan an epic road trip. Try all the different styles and get ready for some serious flavor overload!</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Fried Chicken Day

<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'>Fried chicken is delicious</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>From the first crunchy bite to the last, fried chicken is undeniably delicious! It's juicy, savory and always cooked to perfection. Whether you make it yourself or buy it ready-made, frying up some chicken is sure to give your taste buds something to rejoice about!</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'>Fried chicken supports local businesses</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>When you purchase fried chicken from a local restaurant or stand, you are helping support small businesses in your community. This can have far reaching positive impacts for the local economy, and it also ensures that you get fresh ingredients and quality service each time!</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'>Fried chicken can be healthy</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Though not traditionally considered as such, fried chicken can actually be quite good for us. When made with a high quality source of fat (like coconut oil or lard) and served without any added sauces or seasonings, fried chicken can be quite nutritious. So go ahead - treat yourself to some nice fried chicken every now and then!</p></div></div>

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National Fried Chicken Day FAQs

When is National Fried Chicken Day?

National Fried Chicken Day is celebrated on July 6 every year. In 2024 National Fried Chicken Day will occur on a Saturday.

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