Chicken of the Woods is a parasitic fungus that causes brown rot in the host on which they grow, most commonly found growing at the base of dead or dying oak trees. Due to its brilliant colours and large size this mushroom is very easy to spot when walking through the woods. It has received its common name because of it is often described as tasting like and having a similar flavour to chicken meat and because of this it has become a popular vegetarian protein substitute in recipes calling for chicken.
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Chicken of the Woods Mushroom

My Fungi Recipe – Fried Chicken (of the Woods)

– 8 oz Chicken of the Woods mushroom cut into medium pieces
– 1 c all-purpose flour
– Kosher salt and cracked pepper to taste
– ½ tsp paprika
– ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
– 3 eggs
– 3 crushed cloves of garlic
– ¼ c cooking oil
– 2 tbsp unsalted butter
– Sprigs of thyme (optional)

1. Wash and dry your mushrooms well. This will help seasonings adhere to the mushrooms.
2. Whisk together the flour, a pinch of salt, pepper, paprika, and cayenne. Set aside.
3. Whisk 3 eggs in a bowl and set aside.
4. Coat the mushrooms first with the flour mixture, then the egg, then in the flour again.
5. Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Heat the oil and melt the butter before adding garlic and thyme. Cook until fragrant.
6. Cook the mushrooms on each side for 4-5 minutes until golden brown.
7. Remove from heat and place on a paper towel to remove excess oil.
8. Sprinkle with salt and ENJOY!