A favorite dish of Indians and Britons, as well as people from other places throughout the world, like the Caribbean and Asia, curried chicken offers a delicious and comforting blend of flavors. National Curried Chicken Day is here to pay respect to this yummy dish that is a favorite craving by so many.
History of National Curried Chicken Day
Getting its start approximately 8000 years ago, chicken curry has a long history in kitchens in its originating country of India. In more recent years, this dish has made its way around the world and is beloved in all sorts of places by people of many cultures.
The presence of curried chicken in Great Britain seems to go back as far as the 1700s, linked to the rise of the British Empire as explorers brought recipes back from their trips. The first British recipe for chicken curry was printed in The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy by Hannah Glasse in 1747, and the recipes continued to evolve and add spices moving forward.
US President Franklin D. Roosevelt and General George S. Patton were famously served curried chicken in 1940, using a recipe by a woman from the state of Georgia. At that time the dish was called “country captain”.
When a chicken curry recipe was used to celebrate the coronation ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, the dish was then (and often in the future) referred to as “coronation chicken”. And the love that Brits have for chicken curry (and all other sorts of curry too) has just continued on!
Now, National Curried Chicken Day, also referred to as National Chicken Curry Day, is the best time to pay honor to this delicious dish and enjoy everything it has to offer! With the day falling in the middle of winter in the northern hemisphere, this dish brings a great deal of warmth and comfort to any family table.
How to Celebrate National Curried Chicken Day
A delight to the taste buds, National Curried Chicken Day offers plenty of opportunities to get excited and celebrate! Try out some of these ideas:
Eat Some Curried Chicken
Those who have a favorite curry house or Indian restaurant can certainly find a simple path to enjoying this day. For popular restaurants or large groups, it might be necessary to make a reservation in advance, or just head on over and request a table at the door. Order up some dishes of curried chicken, complete with rice and naan bread, and enjoy to your heart’s content!
Try Making Chicken Curry at Home
While some curried chicken dishes can be a bit complicated, almost anyone can make it if they simply follow a recipe. Many spices will likely be on the list of ingredients when making this dish for National Curried Chicken Day. This might include spices like ground coriander, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, black pepper, fennel seeds, mustard and cloves. These spices are what bring out the delicious flavors in a chicken curry!