Mar 5, 2018

Ah, fried chicken. No matter how strict you are with your diet, one whiff of those bad boys and you’re going to want to sink your teeth into its juicy, tender meat. Fried chicken may be widely accessible now, but did you know that it has been existing for centuries? More specifically between 7,500 to 5,000 B.C.E.

History aside, I found myself in the food world of YouTube a couple of nights ago and stumbled upon a channel called Townsends. It’s a food channel unlike anything I’ve seen before because it’s actually dedicated to 18th-century lifestyle. When I say the 18th century, I mean whisking eggs with twigs and cooking them over good, old-fashioned open flame. Oh and let’s not forget the old world costume, too.

Dictionarium Domesticum. Photo courtesy of Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association

In the video, Townsend explains that the recipe for the 300-year-old fried chicken can be found in a book called Dictionarium Domesticum, an elaborate cookbook that’s set up like a dictionary and arranged in alphabetical order. Townsend finds the recipe under “marinade.”

What I found unique about the recipe is how the chicken was soaked in lemon juice and verjuice marinade for exactly three hours (a little more than that could give the meat a stronger taste). Verjuice is a common ingredient in early 18th century recipes. It comes from the unfermented juice of unripe grapes, so it’s very sour. It also needs salt, pepper, cloves, spring onions, and bay leaves to capture the flavor.

Watch the video below for the full recipe:

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