This brightly colored mushroom can be found growing on dead or mature trees, most often large oak trees. A fast growing mushroom, some flushes can produce massive quantities. It's been named 'chicken of the woods' because of a flavor and texture similar to that of chicken.
Often used in place of chicken, this mushroom has a lemony, nutty flavor and meaty texture. It can be sautéed, grilled, or cooked into soups and is best marinated before cooking to prevent it from drying out.
There are two species - one a very bright orange with yellow pores underneath, and the other a paler peach color with white pores.
Latin Names: Laetiporus sulphureus, Laetiporus cincinnatus