Fried chicken was brought to America by Scottish immigrants

While fried chicken might be a bit too much of a staple of the American diet in 2021, it never originated in America. In the 1700s, Scottish and Irish settlers that emigrated to the Southern US colonies brought with them their cooking traditions. One such tradition was frying chicken in oil and batter. This stuck around and became immensely popular, and even 400 years later has been a mainstay in the lives of many people across North America.