We found a really nice Chicken of the Woods mushroom on our hike the other day, and we decided to try breading and frying it to form a sort of “chicken patty” for a sandwich! So, we broke out the flour, eggs, and panko bread crumbs, coated our mushroom, and fried it in our trusty Cast Iron Pan! We then topped it with baby arugula, red onion, tomato, and a sauce we made by combining horseradish with BBQ sauce! The end result was a really fun “Chicken” sandwich with (nearly) all the flavours and textures of the real thing!
Time: 30 Minutes
- Chicken of the Woods Mushroom
- Flour (about a tablespoon per piece of mushroom)
- Panko Bread Crumbs (we used whole wheat panko)
- Burger Bun
- Toppings of your choice. We used baby arugula, red onion, and tomato.
- Sauce of your choice. We mixed some horseradish and BBQ Sauce together, but a funky Aioli would be fun too.
- Break your mushroom up into fan shaped pieces, and wash each to remove any insects or debris.
- Gather three bowls. Put some all purpose flour in the first, beat an egg in the second, and add some panko bread crumbs into the third.
- Working one at a time, coat your mushroom “patties” in flour. Then, give them a good egg wash, and finish by tossing in your bread crumbs. Set aside, and continue until all of your mushrooms are breaded.
- Heat some oil in a heavy bottomed (cast iron) pan or Dutch Oven.
- Fry your mushrooms until they become crispy and golden brown on the first side (~4-5 minutes). Then, flip, and fry the other side in the same manner.
- As your mushrooms cook, prep your burger toppings, and combine your selected sauce ingredients.
- Arrange your toppings and your cooked mushrooms on your bun.
- Plate, devour, and enjoy!