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The First Published Fried Chicken Recipe Was In 1825’s “The Virginia Housewife, Or Methodical Cook”

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In the United States, July 6th recognizes National Fried Chicken Day.  On this day, fried chicken lovers across the country celebrate this American favorite at a nearby restaurant, home, or an outdoor picnic.

  • Scottish immigrants brought their tradition of deep-frying chicken in fat to the southern United States.  After its introduction to the American South, fried chicken soon became a staple. Over time, seasonings and spices were added to enrich the flavor of the chicken.
  • The greatest height a chicken egg has been dropped from without cracking is 700ft.
  • This bird was probably first domesticated for the purpose of cockfights, not as food.
  • Chickens aren’t completely flightless—they can get airborne enough to make it over a fence or into a tree.
  • These birds are omnivores. They’ll eat seeds and insects but also larger prey like small mice and lizards.
  • With 25 billion chickens in the world, there are more of them than any other bird species.
  • Chicken as a meat has been depicted in Babylonian carvings from around 600 BC.
  • Chicken is the most common type of poultry in the world.
  • There are more chickens on earth than people.
  • The largest serving of fried chicken (2,493 lbs) was served at Kentucky Fried Chicken in celebration of the restaurant’s 70th anniversary.
  • Chicken consumption in the United States increased during World War II due to a shortage of beef and pork.
  • According to the National Chicken Council, more than 1.25 Billion Chicken wing portions (more than 100 million pounds) were consumed on Super Bowl weekend in 2012.
  • Popeyes Chicken is named after the character Popeye Doyle in the movie “The French Connection.”
  • The Rhode Island Red [chicken] (Gallus gallus domesticus)  was designated as the Official Bird of Rhode Island in 1954.
  • Alektorophobia is the fear of chickens.
  • The first recipe for fried chicken in the U.S. appeared in a book called “The Virginia Housewife, Or Methodical Cook” published in 1825. This was written by Mary Randolph, who ran a boarding house, and whose brother was married to Thomas Jefferson’s daughter.
  • Harland Sanders had done time as a tire salesman, gas station owner and soldier (the “colonel” was an honorary title from the Kentucky governor in 1936), among many other jobs, before he came up with a genius method for cooking fried chicken quickly. This involved using a pressure cooker and a secret blend of seasonings. He sold the dish at a restaurant he opened in Corbin, Kentucky — but it didn’t catch on.
  • However, he did have success selling the recipe to another restaurant and that gave Sanders an idea. At age 65, he hit the road selling his fried chicken recipe and the right to use the name “Kentucky Fried Chicken” to businesses in exchange for a 5 cent royalty on every chicken sold. He adopted the white suit as part of his Kentucky colonel shtick. By 1964, when he sold his company, there were 600 franchises.
  • Now that’s ‘no spring chicken.’ You’ve probably heard that putdown to describe someone who’s not as young as he appears to be. The phrase comes from the early 1700s when chickens born in the spring got better prices than those who had been through the winter. Spring chickens were preferred for frying too, as they were more tender. If a buyer got an older bird in disguise he would complain that it was “no spring chicken.”
  • On worldwide average, 96 chickens are killed every 0.05 seconds. – Source
  • Almost all chickens that we eat today come from the winner of 1948 “Chicken of Tomorrow” Contest whose genetics now dominates poultry farms worldwide. – Source
  • Before the Beijing Olympics, Usain Bolt ate 100 Chicken McNuggets a day for 10 days and eventually won 3 gold medals. – Source
  • There are more fried chicken restaurants in South Korea than there are McDonald’s restaurants worldwide. – Source
  • Chickens can remember over 100 different faces of people or animals.
  • Chickens were domesticated in Southern China around 8,000 years ago in 6000 B.C.
  • In Gainesville, Florida, you have to eat fried chicken with your bare hands. Eating it by any other method is illegal.
  • Chicken wings used to be considered undesirable and sometimes thrown out, until 1964 when a restaurant owner barbecued and served them in 1964 and called them Buffalo wings. They were named after the city they were first made in, Buffalo, New York.
  • Chickens have prehistoric roots and are the closest living relative of the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

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