Fried chicken are pieces of chicken that have been either battered or floured and then pan fried, pressure fried or deep fried. The breading adds a crisper crust to chickens' exterior. The chicken is cut at the joints with the bones and skin being left. Some fast food restaurant chains serve fried chicken, most notably Kentucky Fried Chicken, Popeyes and Chick-fil-A.
The term fried chicken was first used in the 1830s.
Scottish people were the first European people who were frying chicken, although it was not seasoned or battered. People in West Africa were the ones who seasoned it. However, the first dish which was deep fried was fritters. Fritters were popular during the Middle Ages.
There is a racial stereotype that black people like eating fried chicken. There have been a number of public controversies about remarks that people have made about fried chicken and black people that have been considered racist.
- "Deep-Frying". Google. Retrieved Jan 14, 2018.
- The Surprising Way that Chickens Changed the World (Report). The National Geographic. Retrieved Jan 14, 2018.
- "Where Did That Fried Chicken Stereotype Come From?". NPR.org. Retrieved 2021-05-06.
- "I've always loved fried chicken. But the racism surrounding it shamed me | Melissa Thompson". the Guardian. 2020-10-13. Retrieved 2021-05-06.