It's National Fried Chicken Day!

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It’s National Fried Chicken Day!  On this day, fried chicken lovers across the country celebrate this American favorite at a nearby restaurant, home or an outdoor picnic.

A little fried chicken history: Scottish immigrants brought their tradition of deep-frying chicken in fat to the southern United States.  After its introduction to the American South, fried chicken soon became a staple. Over time, seasonings and spices were added to enrich the flavor of the chicken. Fried chicken is a dish that consists of chicken pieces which have been floured or battered then pan-fried, deep-fried or pressure-fried. The breading adds a crisp coating to the exterior of the chicken. Traditionally the chicken is fried in lard.  However, corn oil, peanut oil, canola oil or vegetable oil are also frequently used.

Bet you’re craving some fried chicken now! In that case - here are 5 spots you can get your fill today:

Bird & Bone at The Confidante4041 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

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Chef Richard Hales' Southern-inspired eatery at The Confidante known for its mouth-watering, fried-to-perfection chicken, will be serving up buckets of Chef Hales Hot Fried Chicken and Florida Cheddar & Chive Biscuits from 12-2 pm. Each bucket includes 6 pieces of Hot Fried Chicken and Biscuits, enough to feed 2-3 people, and is available for $48.

No car? No problem! Walk-ups are welcome, too. Guests can make their way to the Crown entrance of The Confidante, which is towards the left side of the driveway, to pick up their bucket of chicken & biscuits.

Pao by Paul Qui at Faena, 3201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

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Taste the flavors of Miami Spice before anyone else with a new prix-fixe Summer Tasting Menu at Pao by Paul Qui, featuring signature dishes like Chef Qui’s famous East Side King Fried Chicken (Sweet Chili Sauce, Roasted Banana Ketchup, Jalapeño) along with new delectable dishes like fresh Florida Snapper and tender Aged Beef. Available Sunday-Wednesday priced at $55 per person, exclusive of tax & gratuity. For reservations, call 786-655-5600.

The Sarsaparilla Club at The Shelborne1 18th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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Top Chef alums Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth have taken an American staple to the next level. The impeccable green curry fried chicken is delicately paired with kaffir lime powder, cilantro, lime and toasted coconut to create the ideal summer meal.

Federal Donuts, 250 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127

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Federal Donuts opened up just in time. Along with fresh donuts they’ve got made-to-order chicken beginning at 11 a.m. daily. The menu has half or a whole chicken served either dry, wet or naked. Glazes include chili garlic, sweet soy garlic and honey ginger, while the dry seasoning options are za’atar, buttermilk ranch and coconut curry. There’s also the option of a fried chicken sandwich, topped with buttermilk ranch seasoning, spicy sauce and housed in a Martin’s Potato Roll and served with a doughnut on the side.

Publix Deli Fried Chicken, Various Locations 

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Guilty pleasure or not - everyone loves a fresh order of fried chicken from Publix. It’s perfectly packaged and ready to go for the beach, picnics, or a quick and easy dinner at home. Pair it with some of the deli sides also available at Publix, or make your own at home and you’re all set for a fried chicken celebration.