best fried chickenIt's National Fried Chicken Day!

You don't need to tell me twice. I'm going to convince my husband that a family trip to Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles is in order. If you're not in the LA area, there are other quick and easy options that don't require you dusting off your deep fat fryer to celebrate this delicious day.

1) KFC

I'll admit I have a soft spot for the Colonel. Mostly due to fond memories of those parfait and mashed potato cups that kind of look the same, but also his original recipe is always satisfying without being overpowering. While I may be convinced the "secret blend of 11 herbs and spices" is actually salt and pepper, it's still a perfect combo. And since Kentucky Fried Chicken stopped using trans fats, it's not quite as bad for you as it used to be. (Let's not discuss the Double Down.)

2) BBQ Chicken

Slowly spreading across the nation, BBQ Chicken says it best, "It's not barbecue, it's Best of the Best Quality Chicken." This international fried chicken company has just hit the States, but I predict fried chicken domination in a matter of a few years. BBQ cooks its fried chicken in extra virgin olive oil, making it healthier (I realize healthy fried chicken is a contradiction in terms) and incredibly delicious.

3) Popeyes

A Cajun transplant, I appreciate the sides a little bit more than the chicken from Popeyes. Still, the crispy chicken is super-juicy and will give you a fab fried chicken fix. The spices are a little more flavorful than KFC, as they should be when hailing from Louisiana. Still, the real star is a side of red beans and rice.

4) Church's Chicken

While Church's was always second to KFC in my book, I still have fond memories of chowing down on fried okra and chicken strips. Church's is also less expensive than the Colonel, which meant my family dropped in more often than not. If you have a Church's in your area, celebrate by trying their own artery choker -- the Double Chicken and Cheese -- and let me know how it is in the comments.

What's your favorite place to pick up a bucket of fried chicken?


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