Backhendl or Wiener Backhendl (English: Viennese fried chicken), has been a specialty of Viennese cuisine since the 18th century. It consists of prepared and spiced portions of chicken, which are breaded and crispy deep fried. Often served with a lemon wedge on the side.
Originally, the preparation of this dish had been a breaded and baked chicken, since only the Viennese upper class would had access to fried foods.
- Joseph Wechsberg / Holger Hofmann : Die Küche im Wiener Kaiserreich. Rowohlt, Reinbek 1979, ISBN 3-499-16435-3.