National Fried Chicken Day - July 6
Thu, Jul 6, 2023

National Fried Chicken Day

In the United States, National Fried Chicken Day is celebrated annually on July 6th. Fried chicken lovers feast in nearby restaurants, at a picnic in nature, or at home. Fried chicken was introduced to the country thanks to Scottish immigrants, and when it appeared, it became a staple food in the southern states of America.


In the Middle Ages, chickens were fried everywhere in Europe, but it was immigrants from Scotland who brought this popular recipe to America. In their tradition, chicken was deep-fried without any seasoning, which could make the taste a little bland. Slaves in Scottish immigrant families adopted the recipe, but added spices. This origin theory of the fried chicken recipe is put forward in James Boswell’s Journal of a Journey to the Hebrides, published in the 1770s.

Fried chicken was popularized in the United States by Colonel Harland David Sanders, who brought to life his idea of ​​cooking fried chicken in a pressure cooker with seasonings. Sanders’ dishes were first served at his restaurant in Corbin, Kentucky. Over time, his restaurants spread throughout the United States and became very popular.

Interesting facts

  • Fried chicken became a popular dish among American slaves before the Civil War, as they could only keep chickens on their property;
  • The first fried chicken recipe was noted by Hannah Glasse in the 18th century in The Art of Cooking Made Easy and Simple;
  • In 1964, there were 600 Kentucky Fried Chicken franchises in the US.

How to take part

Order a bucket of fried chicken for yourself and the whole family, having this as dinner while watching an interesting movie. You can try to cook a low-calorie dish yourself at home if you bake or fry chicken without oil. You can also treat colleagues at work with chicken, just remember the napkins.

When is National Fried Chicken Day celebrated in 2023?

National Fried Chicken Day is observed on July 6 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Thursday July 6 2023
Saturday July 6 2024
Sunday July 6 2025
Monday July 6 2026

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