Happy National Fried Chicken Day!

July 6 is National Fried Chicken Day, so I thought I’d share some of my fried chicken efforts. My “technique,” such as it is, is still evolving, but I like pan-frying in peanut oil. The top photo shows the results of my first attempt to cut up a whole chicken for frying. Gotta start somewhere, right?

11214389_10207002824414761_7877550059188038163_nI can’t resist trying to perfect my own Nashville-style hot chicken. If you haven’t tried it before, I’ve at least learned this much: The white bread AND the dill pickles are both essential components. Trust me now, and thank me later.

11083635_10206546825135064_8266763292517041781_nI like to pan-fry chicken tenderloins for chicken & waffles.

11954696_10207853741927167_6054719367172238522_n

The nice thing about chicken & waffles is that they work equally well for both dinner or breakfast (or lunch, for that matter). Here’s one of my breakfast versions, all boxed up for eating out on the deck.

11899788_10207753743587271_5595899171173112986_n

Fried chicken with mumbo sauce. There’s a considerable debate between Chicago and Washington, D.C. over who should get credit for Mumbo Sauce. In this case, the answer is easy: Neither. This stuff was homemade, lol.

photo (2)

Of course, for most of us, fried chicken is something we buy. My favorite is Popeye’s. Here’s some spicy tenders I savored on a recent visit. This particular Popeye’s was in Council Bluffs, Iowa, across the river from Omaha, and I want to give them a shout-out, because the counter staff there were the most fun bunch of people I’ve run into in a take-out place in a long, long time.

 

Advertisements

Author: Dan Anderson

I'm an Iowa boy by choice. I love cooking and I love history, so I thought I'd put the two together.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s