National Curried Chicken Day:
Celebrated annually on every January 12th, the National Curried Chicken Day reminds us of the flavorful chicken curry cooked up in spices. It is rare to find someone who doesn’t like chicken! If you are a chicken fan, this spicy recipe from the east will be a delight to your taste buds! Disclaimer- the curried chicken is hot and tasty.
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Why Curried Chicken Day?
Curried chicken is traced back to India which is now one of the signature dishes of the UK palate. History states that soldiers stationed in India during the British rule were craving for this delicacy and started including it on their menu. In the US, this dish is popularly known as the “Country Captain Chicken”. In the UK it goes by the name Coronation Chicken.
Different versions of curry are prepared in Asia and across the world. Curry is usually prepared using tomatoes, onions, Jalapenos, and cilantro. The spices can consist of Clove, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Bay leaf, Turmeric, and Star Anise. The enriching taste also lies in a couple of spoons of ginger and garlic paste. Instead of using spices, you can substitute them with curry powder. As curry powder is a mixture of all the spices.
Although curry powder had its presence in the UK during the 1700s, curried recipes of chicken and other meat gained popularity only at the beginning of 1858. The desire for eastern flavors with their long stay in India inspired the recipe back home and eventually on to everyone’s palate.
The curried chicken recipe gained its popularity in the US only after the 1950s. Chefs Constance Spry and Rosemary Hume cooked the curried chicken recipe (Coronation Chicken) for the coronation ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. Since then it has become a much-loved sandwich filling as well.
The goodness of chicken, the vegetables, and the spices is what a healthy dish looks like. Top it with rice, bread, or Indian flatbread to enjoy all its flavors. If you are not a vegetable fan, make a vegetable and spice puree. Pour it on the butter fried chicken, boil for a few minutes and your curried chicken is ready!
How Can We Celebrate National Curried Chicken Day?
- Order some Curried Chicken for the go!
Celebrate National Curried Chicken Day by ordering the best-curried chicken for the go from your favorite restaurant!
- Explore the different versions of Curried Chicken!
Invite all your foodie friends to go hunting for the different curried chicken recipes across your town! You will be surprised to find the different versions of this tantalizing dish!
- Have Curried Chicken all day!
If you are a diehard of curried chicken, celebrate by having it for your breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Have them with steaming hot rice for breakfast, have a curried chicken sandwich for lunch and a typical Indian flatbread rolled with curried chicken for a quick dinner!
- Cook Curried Chicken for your family!
If you have never prepared curried chicken before it’s time to cook ’em! Check out a recipe from your favorite chef online or check if there is a classic recipe in your mom’s or grandma’s cookbook!
- Share some Curried Chicken with the less fortunate
Share the joy of curried chicken with the less fortunate in your society. You could also sell curried chicken to raise funds for worthy causes supported by the NGOs.
- Show your Curried Chicken love on Social Media!
Show your love for Curried Chicken today on social media. Encourage your followers and friends to try some curried chicken today! Share your favorite curried chicken recipe and pictures using #NationalCurriedChickenDay and #CurriedChickenDay
Interesting Facts About National Curried Chicken Day:
Here are a few interesting facts surrounding National Curried Chicken Day!
- The term “curry” comes from the Tamil word for a spiced dish “Kari” which was later anglicized
- Curry powder is nothing but a blend of spices also called as “garam masala” in India
- Great Britain is home to nearly 10,000 curry houses!
- The spiciest curried chicken is the “Chicken Naga” from Nagaland, India. The Naga peppers are a hundred times hotter than our Jalapeno peppers
- To bring down the spicy level of your curry, you could add some coconut milk while it’s still cooking
- Turmeric (Curcumin) gives the yellow color to most Asian foods and is researched by scientists to fight Alzheimer’s disease
History of National Curried Chicken Day:
The curried chicken recipe is loved by many people across the world. However, the founder and origin of National Curried Chicken Day remain unknown although its presence can be traced back to the 1950s in the US. For all its worth and mouth-watering flavors this Curried Chicken Day is celebrated across the US as a fun food holiday!