Chicken of the Woods
Chicken of the woods is a great mushroom for beginners. It’s easy to identify and has no known toxic look a likes. It has a meaty but delicate flavor. To find out more information about chicken of the woods including where to find it and how to identify it visit to our chicken of the woods article. You can also get a chicken of the woods growing kit to grow your own chicken of the woods. All you’ll need is a log and a drill.
Before we get into the chicken of the woods recipe I’d like to mention a few things. Some people have adverse reactions to chicken of the woods due to a number of things including indigestion and allergic reactions. So please always exercise caution when trying new foods and only taste a sample if it’s your first time trying the mushroom.
Choosing the best specimens for cooking
Choose a mushroom cap that is soft and free of marks, such as insect bites and damage. Young caps are usually best, even very young caps that haven’t quite formed yet. clean the caps by wiping them with a damp cloth.
Chicken of the Woods Recipe
This is a simple recipe where chicken of the woods is fried in olive oil with salt, pepper and garlic. This recipe is best with soft juicy chicken of the woods specimens older mushrooms may be too dry.
- 1 cup chopped chicken of the woods mushroom
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 clove minced garlic
- salt and pepper
Place olive oil in a small frying pan on medium heat.
Once olive oil has warmed then add garlic and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
Put chopped chicken of the woods in the pan and begin cooking. The oil may quickly be absorbed into the mushrooms, this is ok, do not add more oil.
Add salt and pepper to taste flipping and stirring the pieces occasionally to make sure all sides are cooked. Cook approximately 10 minute.
Enjoy this chicken of the woods recipe as is or add it to anything in place of chicken.
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This mushroom is best when it’s very young and still dripping with juice when cut. Once it’s old and dry, the flesh looks and tastes like sawdust!
What areas might I find chicken of the woods? We live in North central KS.
I’m not familiar with that area of the country, I would recommend joining the mushroom identification group on facebook, here is the link. https://www.facebook.com/groups/MushroomID/
Hi! Is chicken of the woods also known as turkey tail fungus?
No, those are completely different fungus. There are a few that have similar names, turkey tail, chicken of the woods and hen of the woods. they are all different fungus. Here is a link to our articles on turkey tail fungus. http://www.eattheplanet.org/turkey-tail-a-powerfull-medicinal-mushroom/