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7/6: National Fried Chicken Day! Read before you order!

We too would like to celebrate this holiday, but in a more health-conscious manner. You see, fried chicken can be very high in trans-fat, cholesterol, and sodium. Therefore, we would like to take the time to reveal some products you may want to learn more about, prior to indulging. Today we have decided to feature the very popular chicken-based franchise, Chick-Fil-A.

We’ll start off with the breakfast Chicken Biscuit. This sandwich provides about 51% of the daily value for sodium alone. With only a 5.1 oz serving, and 440 calories, 1,230mg of sodium is quite a lot, especially to start off the day! Although this sandwich is high in protein with 17g, and also carries a decent amount of iron, this still cannot compensate for the 8g of saturated fat and variety of controversial ingredients. You may want to replace ordering this ingredient-packed sandwich with an item more nutrient-dense and filling, such as the yogurt parfait with granola. This may be a better option for a morning meal or snack.

Then there’s the Spicy Chicken Sandwich Deluxe. The pros of this sandwich, it has a good amount of protein, vitamin C, and calcium, most likely from the tomato, lettuce, and single slice of cheese. However, this 570 calorie sandwich also contains 8g saturated fat, and 27g total fat. These amounts count for approximately 40-42% your daily value of saturated fat and total fat, which are undeniably very high numbers for one single sandwich. We must also point out that this sandwich contains almost 100 different ingredients. Some of which include monosodium glutamate (MSG), high fructose corn syrup, a variety of coloring additives, and TBHQ, all controversial ingredients which we have thoroughly discussed in prior blog posts. To get your chicken “fix” without all the extra mess, you may want to instead try the char-grilled chicken garden salad, without dressing or on the side.

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Oh boy…National Fried Chicken Day?! What is this, the best day ever?!

For my fried chicken eating pleasure, I checked out the new Bird N Hand on Fairfax near the famous Farmer’s Market. 

Let’s just say there are plenty of fried options on this menu, but we went the Harissa Wings to start. Your standard hot wing with a delicious buffalo sauce. So far so good. Then came the Chicken Waffle. What the hell is a chicken waffle you ask? It’s a waffle with chicken bits cooked into it. It was good, not great though. I think I would’ve rather had my waffle sans the chicken bits. It was a stand alone waffle made even better by that amazing honey butter.

For my entree, I went with the standard two piece fried chicken which came with corn muffins and every sauce they had (thank you kind owner!). The harissa, szechwan, ranch and barbecue sauces, all pretty tasty. I like my breaded outside to be a little crunchier, but the ginormous chicken breast was cooked perfectly, nice and juicy on the inside. Oh and we ordered a side of the tater tots. Okay guys, listen up because what I’m about to say next is something you’ll never hear me say again…fuck the fries, order those tater tots. They were perfectly crunchy. I had to use all my will power not to eat the whole basket. Ha, just kidding. I have no will power. I ate the whole basket.

Gonna make it back here soon to try their Tall Buns. Oh and that Croissant Crack Pudding dessert, yeah, because that’s a thing here. 

If you’re in the Los Angeles area, check it out and let me know what you think!

Bird N Hand - 339 N Fairfax Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90048 

National Fried Chicken Day

That would be today, July 6th.

You know those parlor games when people ask you “if you knew it would be your last dinner what meal would you want?”

My answer is “My Mom’s fried chicken, if she were here to make it.” (Plus her apple pie.)

But she isn’t. A little while ago I wrote about what made her version so special (you can find it here, with the recipe). Basically, it was the simple coating and the frying fat – she used melted vegetable shortening, which is so-so unhealthy but really-really terrific when it’s dark golden brown, juicy fried chicken you want. 

So, rather than post her recipe again, I’m giving one for Biscuits because there is no better bread accompaniment for fried chicken.

Of course these are perfect for breakfast too. Eat them plain (okay, maybe some soft, fresh, sweet butter! Or strawberry jam!!). Or stuff them with a fried egg or cheese. Or both.


1-½ cups all-purpose flour

½ cup cake flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

¾ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons grated fresh lemon rind, optional

8 tablespoons cold butter

2/3 cup buttermilk

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease a cookie sheet. Sift the flour, cake flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda into a bowl. Stir in the lemon rind, if used. Cut the butter into chunks and add it to the bowl. Work the butter into the flour mixture with your fingers or a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Pour in the buttermilk and mix until you can form a soft ball of dough. Try not to pound or overwork the dough (this makes the biscuits tough). Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead 4-5 times. Roll or press the dough gently to ½-inch thickness. Cut out circles with a doughnut cutter or the top of a glass. Place the circles one inch apart (for darker biscuits) or close together (for fluffier biscuits) on the cookie sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes or until they have risen and are lightly browned. Makes 8-10


July 6  •  Today is National Fried Chicken Day