Yes, we know it's still only January, but we're going to make a bold statement and go ahead and say that today starts the best week of the year — fried chicken week.
After all, if anything deserves an entire dedicated week of coverage, it's one of the most iconic dishes in the Southern food canon.
This week, expect to learn everything you ever wanted to know about breaded and fried poultry, from brand-new fried chicken recipes to a head-to-head tasting of all the fast food fried chicken we could get our hands on. We'll dive into the science of just what exactly frying is, and whether or not it's worth it to set aside a few hours for a buttermilk brine. Learn how to pair all kinds of adult beverages with your favorite fried chicken, and get a glimpse of what top chefs around the South are craving. All of this, and much, much more is coming your way on Southern Kitchen this week.
If you just can't wait to get your hands on some great fried chicken stories and recipes, catch up on our coverage so far:
The world's last Popeye's buffet can be found in this Southern town
The South's 7 best fried chicken dishes
Are we over Nashville hot chicken in 2018?
Remember when a restaurant in California was caught selling Popeye's chicken?
Southern Cast Iron Fried Chicken
Nashville Hot Chicken
Cast Iron Fried Chicken Pizza
Chicken and Waffles
Fried Chicken from Mary Mac's Tea Room