National fried chicken day
July 6th, 2012
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Today's food holiday is poultry in motion - July 6 is National Fried Chicken Day.

To some, there is nothing more comforting than a piece of juicy fried chicken with a crispy skin. A Southern specialty, fried chicken often graces the plates of both humble roadside eateries and fancy fine dining establishments.

The trick to good fried chicken is preparation. Brining the chicken overnight before frying helps keep the meat moist, so will buttermilk as part of your dredge. A double dip between wet and dry ingredients ensures your breading doesn’t separate from the meat, and seasoning each step in the process is a must. Dark meat also holds up better in the fryer than light, and it won’t dry out on you as easily - which is the biggest concern when making kickin’ chicken.

You also don’t need an industrial fryer to get perfectly crispy skin. A well-seasoned cast-iron skillet not only does the job well, it’ll also add another layer of flavor. Just don’t overcrowd the pan and make sure the oil is at the correct temperature. Some insist on frying the chicken at a low heat first, and then finishing the skin in the same oil at a higher heat.

If you’re trying to keep things on the lighter side, you can always coat the chicken in a crushed corn flakes mixture instead of flour and bake it on a wire rack. It might not be as satisfying, but it’ll come close. If you're not feeling so light, go crazy and try your fried heaven with some waffles, or drizzle chipotle-honey over your bird as it comes out of the fryer.

Lastly, the staple fixins' for fried chicken usually include greens of some sort, mashed potatoes, mac ‘n cheese, green beans or any combination thereof.

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  1. Hugh Jass

    Not you again. Get lost, grownups are talking here.

    July 9, 2012 at 11:29 am |
  2. the truth

    black people day. Got it

    July 8, 2012 at 8:17 am |
    • Burp

      Not cool. White folks love fried chicken too.

      July 8, 2012 at 8:29 am |
    • alelover

      "the truth". yeah right. More like "the moron"

      July 9, 2012 at 11:07 am |
    • Hugh Jass

      You are a hugher jass than I am by far.

      July 9, 2012 at 11:27 am |
  3. lena

     "Can you really ask what reason Pythagoras had for abstaining from flesh? For my part I rather wonder both by what accident and in what state of soul or mind the first man did so, touched his mouth to gore and brought his lips to the flesh of a dead creature, he who set forth tables of dead, stale bodies and ventured to call food and nourishment the parts that had a little before bellowed and cried, moved and lived. How could his eyes endure the slaughter when throats were slit and hides flayed and limbs torn from limb? How could his nose endure the stench? How was it that the pollution did not turn away his taste, which made contact with the sores of others and sucked juices and serums from mortal wounds?… It is certainly not lions and wolves that we eat out of self-defense; on the contrary, we ignore these and slaughter harmless, tame creatures without stings or teeth to harm us, creatures that, I swear, Nature appears to have produced for the sake of their beautyand grace. But nothing abashed us, not the flower-like tinting of the flesh, not the persuasiveness of the harmonious voice, not the cleanliness of their habits or the unusual intelligence that may be found in the poor wretches. No, for the sake of a little flesh we deprive them of sun, of light, of the duration of life to which they are entitled by birth and being."

    July 6, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • Burp

      If we are not supposed to eat animals, why are they made of meat? Why do we have teeth designed for tearing flesh? (Incisors) Every vegetarian I have known was weak and sickly, there are some important proteins you only get from meat.

      July 6, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
    • Hugh Jass

      Yeah, because cooked meat tastes just awful, right? I suspect Plutarch was pulling your leg a bit there. Oh dear, how can we ever force ourselves to eat meat?

      July 9, 2012 at 11:30 am |
  4. lena

    i think someone at cnn is revenging... all about meat, me, meat, me, meat, me.....

    July 6, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • Burp

      Go eat some fried chicken. Trust me you"ll feel better.

      July 6, 2012 at 9:43 pm |
      • Burp

        I went out this morning and caught 3 fish, admired their beauty, thanked the Great Spirit for feeding me, scaled & gutted them, and now they"re ready for the grill. Lena, what about you?

        July 7, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
    • Guest

      Because (and I know this will be difficult for you to grasp) you're in the *extreme* minority when it comes to the US population and how many of them chose to eat meat. CNN wants people to read the articles, and during summer time, people want to think about grilling on the weekend.

      The harder you try at this, the more people will reject your attempts. In fact, I think when deer season opens, the very first one I take will be in your honor.

      July 7, 2012 at 1:21 am |
  5. Katherine

    How about National "Save Your Arteries" day. For the times and the conditions of humans here and now, it's perfect!

    July 6, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
    • Truth™

      Well, aren't you just a little bucket of sunshine...

      July 6, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
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    July 6, 2012 at 11:51 am |
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    July 6, 2012 at 9:50 am |
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      July 6, 2012 at 10:20 am |
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