Provenance of Dish
From an old Kentucky backwoods recipe handed down from Daniel Boone!
Also combining various internet recipes.
Chicken of the Woods
Two cups or more of buttermilk or sour milk or milk just starting to turn
A couple of shakes of salt and pepper
Two teaspoon of Hungarian Hot Paprika
Shake or two of Garlic powder
If you don't have Paprika, use Old Bay Seasoning, but use less salt
Three cups flour
Enough oil to cover, about half way, to fry the pieces in
Cut the tougher 'stems' from the chicken and slice into the balance into two inch sections, usually somewhat triangular in shape give the fan shaped growth pattern.
Add the dry spices to the milk and soak the chicken in a plastic freezer bag or covered bowl. Soak over night or at least 4-6 hours.
Add more of the same spiced to the flour.
Bread the chicken pieces and set aside for 20 -30 minutes
Heat the oil in a frying pan.
Redip the pieces in the milk marinade and rebread the pieces and fry in batches, turning as the coating turns a golden brown.
Place on a paper towel to drain.
Very good hot or cold.