Chicken of the Woods Stir Fry Recipe

If you’re cooking with Chicken of the Woods mushrooms for the first time, this is a great place to start. “Chicken of the Woods” refers to a few species of mushrooms in the Laetiporus genus, all of which have a chicken-like texture and a mild savory flavor. They absorb flavor more easily than many mushrooms, making them a great substitute for poultry in classic recipes with boldly flavored sauces. Make this recipe in the summer when these mushrooms are fresh and you’ve just finished a long walk through the woods.
read time
1 minutes


Prep Time
15 minutes
Active Time
10 minutes
Total Time
25 minutes
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Chicken of the Woods Stir Fry Ingredients
- 1 pound of Chicken of the Woods mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
- 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 red bell pepper, sliced
- 1 medium carrot, sliced into thin rounds
- 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon of hoisin sauce
- 2 green onions, sliced
- Salt and pepper to taste


Step 1 - Heat the oil

Heat your vegetable oil in a large wok or frying pan over medium heat.

Step 2 - Add the onion and garlic

Add the onion and garlic to the pan, stirring frequently until the onion becomes translucent.

Step 3 - Add the mushrooms

Add the sliced Chicken of the Woods mushrooms to the pan. Stir fry for 3-5 minutes, until they’ve begun browning but have not dried out.

Step 4 - Add the vegetables

Add the bell pepper and carrot to the pan. Continue to stir fry for another 5 minutes, or until the vegetables are crisp-tender.

Step 5 - Stir in the sauces

Stir in the soy sauce and hoisin sauce, ensuring that all the ingredients are evenly coated.

Step 6 - Season accordingly

Season with salt and pepper to your liking, then add the sliced green onions, giving the stir fry a final mix.

Step 7 - Serve with rice or noodles

Serve hot with a side of steamed rice or noodles.

What are Chicken of the Woods?

Chicken of the Woods, scientifically known as Laetiporus sulphureus, is a type of wild fungus renowned for its unique, chicken-like taste and texture. They're easily identifiable due to their large, bright yellow-orange shelf-like formations on tree trunks and dead logs. Chicken of the Woods mushrooms are popular in various culinary dishes due to their meaty texture and flavor, and can be used as a vegetarian substitute for chicken in many recipes. However, as with all wild mushrooms, they should be consumed with caution as some individuals may have allergic reactions to them.

What do Chicken of the Woods taste like?

Chicken of the Woods mushrooms are known for their unique taste and texture that many describe as similar to chicken, hence the name. The flavor is often said to be earthy, yet mild, with a hint of lemon. They have a texture that is firm and meaty, much like chicken breast. When cooked, they can take on a slightly crispy exterior while remaining tender on the inside, again adding to the chicken-like comparison. It's this combination of taste and texture that makes Chicken of the Woods a popular substitute for meat in a variety of dishes.

Where can I buy Chicken of the Woods?

Great question – check out our marketplace where you can buy Chicken of the Woods directly from foragers and cultivators!

Read more here about Chicken of the Woods.

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