National Fried Chicken Day, celebrated on July 6th in the United States, is a day when chicken lovers rejoice with some crispy bird at their favorite restaurant, at home, or on a picnic.

Immigrants from Scotland brought their tradition of deep-frying chicken in fat to the South. Fried chicken soon became a staple in the American South after its introduction. Seasonings and spices were added to the chicken over time to enhance its flavor.

Fried chicken is a dish that consists of floured or battered pieces of chicken that are pan-fried, deep-fried, or pressure-fried. The breading adds a crisp coating to the chicken's exterior.

Some may find it difficult to achieve a good crisp on their chicken. However, the best cooks will tell you that the key to the crispiest fried chicken is to season well and early in the cooking process, add starch to the flour, and fry your chicken at the right temperature.

Oil should be 300°F.

Allow the chicken to rest before serving so that the juices can be absorbed back into the meat. When we allow the chicken to rest, it will become more tender, just like beef and pork.

I am a fan of fried chicken even though I know it's not good for me, so I eat in moderation these days.

With the fried chicken sandwich wars between all the fast-food establishments around the country today, Popeyes has a promotion one free chicken sandwich with a $10 purchase.

Today I will observe #nationalfriedchickenday. Unfortunately, I don't know which establishment I will purchase from today. Hopefully, I can persuade my wife to fry some this evening.

What I do know is that I will have to get some southern fried chicken wings from Chief's Sports Grill in Killeen this weekend!

Where are you going in the Central Texas area for some fried chicken?

Top 20 Restaurants Central Texans Wish Would Come to Temple

Back on April 30, 2021, I asked the good people of Temple if they could picture a good restaurant to fill the lot on North General Bruce Drive where the soon to be torn down Long John Silver's stood.

This was before it was announced that a Dutch Bros. Coffee location would open there (which was one of the places I predicted as a contender in our article).

So now we know what will go in that spot, but the responses to my survey were interesting because they paint a picture of just how diverse Temple's population is. People recommended some familiar restaurants with locations in the surrounding area, but also a few I'd never even heard of.

Here are the top 20 results of the survey. Let's see what the good people of Temple are craving!

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Top 15 Under the Radar Cities in Texas

Texas is booming, and as more people move here, they'll be looking at areas like Austin or Houston to settle down. There are plenty of others places they ought to consider, though.

Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, along with data about home sales and public school ratings, Orchard recently ranked and graded the Top 15 Under the Radar Cities in Texas.

These are unexpectedly good places to make a life for yourself and your family in the Lone Star State. Did your hometown make the list?