National Fried Chicken Sandwich Day

Even though the art of frying chicken in fat has been perfected since the Middle Ages, most food historians agree that the fried chicken sandwich is a product of the 20th century.

Although no one really knows who invented it first, it is now a product that can be found at numerous restaurants and fast-food chains across the U.S. It’s a dish that has become extremely popular over the last few years. It’s so popular that a holiday was created to celebrate it.

This holiday is observed annually on November 9 and is aptly known as National Fried Chicken Sandwich Day. This is a day to enjoy these lovely sandwiches, regardless of whether they’re purchased from Chick-fil-A, Popeyes, KFC, or some other restaurant or fast-food chain.

The History of National Fried Chicken Sandwich Day

During the Middle Ages, Scots perfected the art of frying chicken in fat, and this knowledge was brought by Scottish immigrants to the American South. This fried chicken was very bland, however, and it wouldn’t be until African American cooks changed the recipe that it would become the awesome-tasting food that we all know and love.

Although no one really knows when fried chicken was first placed between two buns to create a fried chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A has taken credit for it, saying that they invented the chicken sandwich in the 1940s.

We do know that they introduced a chicken sandwich in the 1960s, so it’s certainly possible, but we just can’t verify whether it’s true or not. We do know that chicken sandwiches have become ubiquitous in American culture. It seems like just about every restaurant and fast-food chain has its own version of this sandwich.

And there are about a million different fried chicken sandwich recipes on the Internet. Unfortunately, what we can’t find on the Internet is who invented National Fried Chicken Sandwich Day or when it was invented.

Our Favorite Fried Chicken Sandwich Recipe

Below is our favorite fried chicken sandwich recipe. We’ve posted it so that everyone can enjoy a high-quality sandwich for National Fried Chicken Sandwich Day. We call the following recipe Holidays Calendar Crispy Fried Chicken Sandwich. Enjoy!


  • Boneless chicken thighs
  • Buttermilk
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • Brioche buns
  • Pickles
  • Pickle juice
  • Peanut oil
  • Chicken Breading Spices:
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon basil
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

Spicy Sauce Ingredients:


  • Pound chicken thighs between two pieces of plastic wrap.
  • In a large bowl, mix buttermilk and pickle juice. This is the marinade.
  • Marinate the chicken for up to 24 hours.
  • When the chicken is ready, heat the oil until it reaches 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Whisk flour, cornstarch, and breading spices together in a bowl.
  • Dredge the chicken in the breading, one piece at a time, and add to the hot oil.
  • Cook for 3-5 minutes per side or until the chicken is crispy and the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Place cooked chicken on a paper towel until ready to assemble sandwiches.
  • Mix up the spicy sauce ingredients in a bowl and then brush it on one side of a brioche bun.
  • Add the fried chicken to the bun and top with pickles.

Observing National Fried Chicken Sandwich Day

How this holiday is observed depends on what type of fried chicken sandwich a person wants to enjoy. Some people will merely go to their favorite restaurant or fast-food joint and get a chicken sandwich from there.

That’s certainly a possibility. It’s also possible for people to make their own fried chicken sandwiches from one of the recipes that can be found online. It doesn’t matter if a person buys their sandwich or makes it. All that matters is that they use the hashtag #FriedChickenSandwichDay on social media.

When is it?
This year (2024)
November 9 Saturday
Next year (2025)
November 9 Sunday
Last year (2023)
November 9 Thursday
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