There are too many ways to make fried chicken to know which is the best or most authentic, but most experts agree there is only one best way to eat it — with your fingers.
Afterall, Colonel Sanders has a saying that rings true: “It’s finger lickin’ good.”
Today we celebrate National Fried Chicken Day — admittedly a moutherwatering marketing ploy, but who’s complaining? Not the majority of Kansas Citians, Midwesterners who love their not-Southern-fried chicken almost as much as they love their barbecued burnt ends.
This spring Chow Town invited readers to chime in on their favorite fried chicken joints using a basketball-style bracket. There was much tussling in the online chicken coop, but after more than 20,000 votes were cast the overwhelming winner was Go Chicken Go, who no doubt ruffled Stroud’s feathers as a longtime purveyor of pan-fried glory.
Even food restaurants specializing in other foods are catering to our collective hankering for fried chicken. For an offbeat rendition, consider Doughnut Lounge’s Chicken Fried Nodut with sriracha sauce.
Berbiglia’s Roost by Gary Berbiglia, formerly of Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque, is scheduled to open a new restaurant designed to “marry” barbecue and fried chicken this summer.
If you’re still craving fried chicken, here are six places we wrote about in 2013 where you can get your fried chicken fix — many of them restaurants that only fix chicken once a week.
Or, if you prefer, go ahead and make your own fried chicken at home.
A few years back, we snagged the recipe for Rye’s chef-inspired interpretation, featuring a buttermilk brine.
Then there’s Shari Gray’s quest to resurrect Grandma Barta’s Fried Chicken recipe, as chronicled by Cindy Hoedel in “Fried Chicken and Fun: How One Family is Reclaiming Family Dinner,” which has been nominated for a 2016 best feature writing award by The Association of Food Journalists.
Jill Wendholt Silva is The Stars’ James Beard award-winning food editor. She is also the lead restaurant critic and the Chow Town blog curator. Contact her at @kcstarfood or @chowtownkc.