This week has another important holiday, aside from the celebration of America’s Independence. July 6 is National Fried Chicken Day. That’s right, the best finger-lickin’ day of the year.
In honor of America’s traditional dish, which has its roots in country kitchens of the Deep South, we have curated a list of some of our favorite recipes for the American classic. Whether it’s prepared in a cast iron skillet, an oven or a brown paper bag, fried chicken is just about the best tasting meal you can get your greasy hands on. Without further ado, here’s our list of 5 fabulous fried chicken recipes to celebrate National Fried Chicken Day.
1. Buttermilk Fried Chicken
There are certain foods that you really shouldn’t gourmetize, ethnictize or otherwise vary from the tried and true way. Fried chicken is one, and this recipe for buttermilk fried chicken, followed to a T, will win over crowds every time.
2. Coca-Cola-Brined Fried Chicken
John Currence, the chef at City Grocery in Oxford, Mississippi was inspired to create this dish after traveling to New Orleans to help in the relief effort following Hurricane Katrina. Here’s what he says about the dish, “After Katrina, I helped rebuild the fifty-year-old Willie Mae’s Scotch House, one of the city’s culinary landmarks. This is my attempt at re-creating Willie Mae’s secret-recipe chicken, the best I’ve ever eaten.”
3. Buttermilk Fried Chicken on a Bacon Waffle
Why not start the celebration early? Drizzled with maple syrup, the bacon-based waffle serves as the base for buttermilk fried chicken, creating a delicious, sweet and salty dish.
4. Guiltless Oven-Fried Chicken
If you’re a health-conscious person, as you should be, pounding fistfuls of fried chicken all day may leave you with a little guilt. To be sure, the holiday is called National Fried Chicken Day, so that pretty much excuses any chicken binging which may occur. This recipe takes the deep-fried element out of the fried chicken equation, so you can rest easy on a lower calorie feast.
5. Latin-Style Fried Chicken
While fried chicken isn't exactly the healthiest dish on the menu, but it's almost always worth the indulgence, especially when it’s seasoned with sweet paprika, oregano and fresh lime juice. No bones about it, this is a dish worth trying.