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Fried Chicken of the Woods Sandwich

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This Fried Chicken of the Woods Sandwich is one of the best ways to enjoy Laetiporus sulphureus.
Simply take your wild chicken of the woods, bread it, fry it, and stick it in a sandwich!

This fried chicken of the woods recipe tastes like fried chicken and is prepared with all the classic toppings like lettuce, ranch, and pickles.
Whether if you are a forager, plant based, or just want to eat less meat- this is a recipe for you!

This Fried Chicken of the Woods Sandwich is plant based soul food. The crispy chicken of the woods is slathered in ranch, slaw, butter pickles, a thin tomato slice, under a soft onion bun. This is a recipe worth indulging in!

The meaty, shreddy texture of chicken of the woods makes a fabulous vegetarian chicken substitute.
The mushroom itself has the flavor similar to chicken making it ideal for a vegan fried chicken sandwich!

A dripping fried chicken of the woods sandwich with ranch, pickles, on an onion bun

Chicken of the Woods

Chicken of the woods is one of my favorite mushrooms in that it has a unique texture and flavor. The meaty texture and flavor really makes it stand out compared to other mushrooms- the chicken of the woods is the perfect mushroom for the pickiest of eaters.
If you LOVE chicken of the woods like me, try out these fried chicken of the woods wings!
Maybe after an afternoon of foraging you want to cozy up with a bowl of soup?

The Chicken of the Woods Noodle Soup is made with fresh homemade noodles and is destined to be a crowd pleaser. Another soup that you’ll love is Chicken of the Woods Wild Rice Soup, which is a plant based twist on an Minnesotan Classic Recipe.

fresh chicken of the woods on a white board

Foraging for Laetiporus Sulphureus

Laetiporus sulphureus or Chicken of the Woods is easy to identify and the bright orange color that is hard to miss.
It’s a polypore mushroom, which means the underside does not have gills- rather it has pores. That means when you look at its underside, it will look like hard foam with small holes. It won’t have those frills (gills) that is on most mushrooms.
It grows on decaying hardwood- which means it is possible to grow! (With an inoculated log of course)
Often in nature it will be found high in a living/dying oak tree, but the parasitic nature of the fungi means the tree is being drained of it’s nutrients.

It grows all through Washington, through Minnesota, all the way out to Florida in the United States. It doesn’t commonly grow in Colorado, however many mushroom vendors will carry them in the summer when they are in season.
They are most common to find in late summer, but you can find them from late spring to early fall.
Try to forage after heavy rainfalls- all fungi love moisture. If you are having a dry summer it will be difficult to find mushrooms. Which is why so many mushroom foragers say ‘pray for rain!’.

Storing Chicken of the Woods

Storing Laetiporus sulphureus is similar to storing other wild mushrooms. To keep them fresh you want to keep them inside a paper bag, like a small paper lunch bag. This helps increase air circulation since you want to prevent mold.

You’ll notice that mushrooms stored in plastic bags will get slimy and moldy. You can more than triple your mushrooms shelf like by storing it in a paper bag. Reusable fabric bags also work, however make sure there is enough air circulation to prevent mold.

Chicken of the Woods is one of those mushrooms that can make you sick if you wait too long to eat it. Try to eat it while it is fresh (within 7 days of being picked). The longer you wait, the more bitter the mushroom becomes.
Another option is to freeze your mushrooms until you are ready to pick them. This is a great method if you found a ton of them and can’t eat them all in 7 days.

If you don’t have the freezer space and found more than what you can eat in a week, try dehydrating them!
Space the chunks of mushroom over your dehydrator, set to 100 degrees, and let dry for 8 to 10 hours. Then you jar them up until you are ready to use them!

The Fried Chicken of the Woods Sandwich Assembly

Holding a fried chicken of the woods sandwich with ranch dripping down

Wings and soup are both wonderful creations you can make with your chicken of the woods, but this sandwich is something you need to try.

For the ultimate sandwich you’ll need quality buns, soft onion rolls pair beautifully in this sandwich. A sweet Hawaiian roll or a poppy seed bun would also be perfect!

A brioche bun also does wonders for this sandwich. The other show-stopping toppings you’ll need are ranch, butter pickles, and coleslaw.
This sandwich is some plant based soul food- yet this is your party, lets customize it to what you want.

Tossing the fried Laetiporus sulphureus in some bbq sauce before adding it to your sandwich is an awesome option. Use less ranch when you assemble everything if you go that route.
Or you could completely replace the ranch with a honey mustard sauce, mayo, or even a Caesar dressing.
Instead of coleslaw you could try sprouts, lettuce, or your favorite type of green. The options are limitless- go with your gut!

Fried Chicken of the Woods Sandwich

This Fried Chicken of the Woods Sandwich is plant based soul food. The crispy chicken of the woods is slathered in ranch, slaw, butter pickles, a thin tomato slice, under a soft onion bun. This is a recipe worth indulging in!
Print Recipe
CourseForaging and Gardening, Main Course, Vegan Recipes
Prep Time1 minute
Cook Time20 minutes
Servings4 servings


  • 16 oz Chicken of the Woods
  • 1 Bottle Just Egg (or 12 oz egg replacer)
  • Enough to Coat Olive Oil

Seasoned Flour

  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Mace
  • 1 tsp Allspice
  • 1 tsp Sage
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • 1 tsp Dill
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Oregano

Sandwich Assembly

  • 4 Onion Buns
  • Lettuce
  • Butter Pickles
  • Plant Based Ranch
  • Tomato Slices


  • Pour your bottle of Just Egg in a bowl, then another bowl mix everything together for the Seasoned Flour
  • Take your Chicken of the Woods and dip it into the Just Egg, then into the Seasoned Flour- and repeat
  • Once all of your Chicken of the Woods is breaded either pour or spray a bit of oil on it
  • Put your Chicken of the Woods in an air fryer basket
  • Cook at 270 for 20 minutes, flipping after 10 minutes
  • Place your Chicken of the Woods on a bun, and dress it up with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and ranch


@jess.flowers Fried Chicken of the Woods Ranch Sandwich is one of my favorite ways to eat Chicken of the Woods! The chicken of the woods mushroom tastes and shreds like chicken- hence the name. It is fantastic breaded up in a chicken style sandwich! I made this vegan by using Just Egg to dip the breading and a homemade plant based ranch dressing. #chickenofthewoods #veganrecipes #wildmushrooms #veganchicken #vegan #veganfood #mushroomrecipes #vegansandwich #veganchickensandwhich ♬ Walker – Official Sound Studio


  • Not sure what egg replacer to use? Check out this plant based egg guide
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    By on April 14th, 2021

    About wildveganflower

    I'm a long term vegan since 2007 who loves to cook and forage!
    In my free time I nerd out over vegan cooking books and watching cooking competitions- if I'm not in the kitchen recipe testing. On my weekends I'm out foraging and hiking with my two dogs. I'm work as a photographer and starting food blogging in 2020!

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