Who knew that the “it” dish of the past few years would be served in the form of good, old-fashioned fried chicken? From major cities to small towns, from trendy gastropubs to mom-and-pop diners, menus worldwide are featuring some seriously creative combinations of this traditional southern fare.
Fried chicken has a unique history in the U.S. that goes back even before the Civil War. However, it was in the early 1900s that a special blend of herbs and spices revamped the popularity of the dish. It was then that Colonel Sanders, founder of the fast food chain Kentucky Fried Chicken, set his sights on franchising his recipe, putting the spotlight on this age-old comfort food.
While we never need a reason to celebrate food, we figure the Colonel’s birthday is the perfect time to celebrate this southern staple and try out some inventive and, of course, delicious, mouth-watering fried chicken recipes.
Branching out for the first time? Try Chicken and Biscuits: Fried chicken and buttermilk biscuits – comfort food doesn’t get much more comforting than that. Clabber Girl’s Good Ole Fried Chicken recipe is the perfect place to start. Since you already need buttermilk for that recipe, go ahead and pair it with our moist and flaky buttermilk biscuits.
Want something sweet and savory? Try Chicken & Waffles: You absolutely can’t go wrong — crunchy, juicy southern-style fried chicken, with just a hint of spice lingering on your tongue, and fresh baked waffles, all drizzled with warm maple syrup.
Focusing on the chicken? Get creative with the breading: Side dishes come and go, but fried chicken always remains. For many fried chicken connoisseurs, it’s all about the breading. Want to keep the sweet but ditch the doughnut? Pull out the graham crackers and cayenne pepper for Graham Cracker Fried Chicken.
Clearly, what fried chicken has done for food is what the little black dress has done for date night. It adds a layer of sophistication, without losing its original appeal. With a dash of creativity, you can create succulent versions of this spectacular fare right in your own kitchen!