Chicken of the woods for dinner!
I was hiking in the woods near our home the other day, and growing in the bark of a fallen tree was some Chicken of the woods! This is the common name for the mushroom, Laetiporus is a genus of edible mushrooms found throughout much of the world. Some species are commonly know as chicken of the woods, the chicken mushroom, or the chicken fungus because many think they taste like chicken.
I ended up cooking the mushroom for dinner, and it was delicious. Sometimes these mushrooms are a little dry, so I added a lot of butter and also water to moisten it up. I’ve heard a lot of people cook it with greens, and then it can soak up some of the juice…
To prepare, clean the leafy sections thoroughly and cut away the woody core, using only the leafy sections of young tender specimens. If the mushroom is to be stored, keep it refrigerated and use within several days for the best flavor or cut into pieces, blanche or sauté and then freeze. The flavor which represents the name, tastes somewhat like chicken.