Chicken of the woods


Laetisporus is a genus or variety of edible mushrooms that can be found throughout most of the world. The variety is often called chicken of the woods because it is thought to taste most like chicken of any species.

Cultivation of the chicken of the woods for growing on your farm is possible. Many have reported success with a mushroom substrate of oak sawdust with 35% wheat bran introduced. Then adding water to achieve the proper moister content.

You can reference scientific research on the growth of chicken of the woods here.


Chicken of the woods nutrition nutritional facts

1 serving (100 g) of Laetiporus cincinnatus is:

  • 14g Protein
  • 6g Carbs (3 of which consist of dietary fiber)
  • 1g Fat (monounsaturated)

As you can see, the chicken of the wood variety not only is thought to taste like chicken, it also offers a great source of protein as well. For many, this is one of the best substitutes for chicken for vegans. It is also an ingredient that meat eaters will appreciate as your guests.


For chicken of the woods, many also grow the species on wood logs outside when properly inoculated. However, much research has gone into growing them in grow rooms and increasing your yields through these common indoor methods.