Chicken Fried Chicken Of The Woods

Chicken fried chicken of the woods mushrooms are a delightful way to enjoy the flavors of wild mushrooms. This recipe, originating from my early days as a chef, showcases the versatility of chicken of the woods or sulfur shelf mushrooms.

A Vegetarian Delight

While chicken fried steak is typically made with beef, this recipe takes a unique twist by substituting chicken of the woods mushrooms. With their chicken-like texture, these mushrooms make for a perfect vegetarian alternative. They can be sautéed in a pan, but to achieve the irresistible combination of crispy exterior and juicy interior, encasing them in a flavorful breading is a game-changer.

Chicken of the woods mushroom, Laetiporus cincinnatus

Blanching for Optimal Results

Depending on the age and species of your chicken of the woods mushrooms, blanching them before breading and cooking may be beneficial. Young mushrooms often do not require pre-cooking, but for older mushrooms, blanching helps to retain their succulence and juiciness.

The Art of Breading

When it comes to breading chicken of the woods mushrooms, the flour-egg-flour method works wonders. This technique ensures a satisfying crust while maintaining the perfect thickness for a hearty slice. The alternative options of using batter or flour-egg-crumbs can result in a heavier and oilier outcome, detracting from the delicate flavors of the mushrooms.

Endless Variations

While this recipe is already a winner, there are endless possibilities for customizing your dish. Here are a few variations to try:

Picatta

Create a quick pan sauce using white wine and chicken stock, and finish it off with parsley and capers. The tangy flavors complement the rich mushroom breading beautifully.

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Parmigiana

After breading the mushrooms, top them with fresh mozzarella, tomato sauce, and parmesan. Bake until the cheese is golden and the mushrooms are heated through.

Buffalo Style

Toss the breaded mushrooms in warm Franks Red Hot sauce combined with a knob of butter. Serve them on a bed of fresh greens with a side of blue cheese sauce for a spicy and tangy twist.

Yellow pored chicken of the woods, or Laetiporus sulphureus

These variations are just the beginning. Don’t be afraid to experiment and let your culinary creativity shine!

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