Section: Halacha   Category: Tshuvos
Lehoros Nosson: Why Don't We Make Borei Minei Mezonos on Fried Chicken?
When eating a piece of fried chicken coated with breadcrumbs what bracha do you make?  The bracha on chicken is Shehakol but on breadcrumbs shouldn't you make a mezonos?  By the standards of Ikar and Tafel the breadcrumbs are considered the tafel and the chicken is the main part of the food.  No one eats breadcrumbs alone and they are only there to help the chicken fry better and enhance the taste.  Therefore the bracha should be shehakol.

There is however a Halacha by Brachos that any food that has one of the five types of grain in it has the bracha of mezonos even it is not the ikar.  The exception, says the Shulchan Aruch (OC 208:2), is if the grain or flour is there just to hold the food together.  Otherwise, grain has such a significant stature that you make a mezonos.  Accordingly shouldn't the bracha on fried chicken be mezonos?

Rav Nosson Gestetner in Lehoros Nosson (4:9) says that the reason why food with grain becomes mezonos even if it is the minority compared to the other ingredients is because the grain is still the main part of the food.  However in the case of fried chicken the chicken remains the whole point of the eating since nobody eats it because of the breadcrumbs.

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