Chicken can be cooked in many different ways. You can eat it baked, boiled, barbecued, roasted, curried, in a casserole or made into #chicken salad. However, on July 6 none of those ways matter because it is #National #Fried Chicken Day. To eat what millions of people are eating around the world today, pick up your favorite fried chicken and dig in.

What distinguishes fried chicken from other forms of cooking is that the poultry is cut into pieces, seasoned, battered and cooked in oil to give it a crispy skin.

It is interesting that Scottish immigrants were the ones who introduced fried chicken into the southern part of the United States.

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The dish has improved a lot over time with different seasonings and spices.

Long ago, poor people in the South would eat chicken only on Sundays or on special occasions. Today, people can eat it every day, if they like.

Favorite parts

Chicken is divided into pieces, and people tend to like a favorite piece. The breast is known as white meat and contains less fat. The legs, thighs, and wings are known as dark meat. Dark pieces contain more fat. It is safe to say that more fat that a person consumes from eating doesn't come from the chicken but from the oil it is cooked in.

How to cook

When the meal was first introduced to the United States, it was cooked in lard and without any seasoning. Today, people use canola oil, corn oil, peanut oil, or vegetable oil to get the crispiness of the skin that people love.

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Olive oil is not used because the flavor is too strong. Also, people know how to season it to make it taste so delicious.

Chicken can be pan fried or deep fried. Pan fried is when the pieces are cooked in a shallow pan, and they are not immersed in oil. The method requires the pieces to be turned over so both sides can be cooked. Deep fried results when pieces have been completely submerged in hot oil. Since the oil covers the entire piece, there is no need to turn it over because the whole piece is cooked all the way through.

If you do not want to take the time out of your day to cook the chicken yourself on July 6, you can always pick up some from one of your favorite places that specialize in chicken such as Kentucky Fried Chicken, Popeyes, or Bojangles. These fast food restaurants are aware that July 6 is a special day. Therefore, they are prepared to have plenty on hand when you walk in. Also, you can order the dish from the menu of other restaurants. It doesn't matter where you get it as long as you get it.