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Chicken Bog: Selected Recipes and Traditions From SC

Updated on December 30, 2010

A Low Country Favorite - Chicken Bog

I had never heard of it until I got to Myrtle Beach, SC. Now, as Fall draws in, there has been a Chicken Bog fundraiser at my son's elementary school and there's a huge "bog-off" festival in Loris, SC coming up in a weekend or two. There are so many folks living in Myrtle Beach who are not original to the place, it surprised me that a food tradition has survived at all! It has, and how!

Say local SC Food experts ~

"Traditionally, the only ingredients are chicken, rice, sausage, and onions, seasoned with salt and plenty of black pepper."

The food of legend, Chicken Bog gets it's name because the "chicken is bogged in rice." An out-of-stater, who now claims South Carolina as her home, however claims it is named so because it is a "boggy, soggy mess." This person is now a fan of the dish, it should be stated!

Kevin's Chicken Bog

My Realtor Friend from Conway, SC who makes an awesome EVERYTHING!!

Terrific cook, talented musician, loyal husband and deeply loved dad, this paragon of virtue -- Mr. Kevin Conklin -- is also a realtor. We-ll, there's always a catch, eh? LOL You can find his contact details at the right of his recipe. Who knows, if you buy or list with him, maybe he'll make a chicken bog for you!!

Low Country Cooking - by the book...

Chicken Bog is a low country cooking tradition... no matter whether it's a rice pilau or what! Here are some terrific books to sample other low country cooking favorites.

The Loris Bog-off

A full-day festival has been held every third Saturday in October since 1979 in Loris, SC that features a Chicken Bog Cooking Competition. Promises the Loris Chamber of Commerce:

- Over 200 craft, retail, and food vendors

- 25,000 plus in attendance

- Chicken bog cooking contest, live music, fireworks, childrenÂs pavilion and much more!

October 16, 2010

Paula Deen's Iconic Chicken Bog

Paula Deen's Chicken Bog Listing
Paula Deen's Chicken Bog Listing

Ingredients

1 (3-pound) chicken, quartered

1 pound smoked link sausage

1 cup chopped onion

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

2 teaspoons Seasoned Salt (recommended: Lawry's)

2 teaspoons House Seasoning, recipe follows

1 teaspoon ground red pepper

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

3 bay leaves

8 cups water

3 cups raw white rice

Directions

Slice the sausage into 1/2-inch pieces. In a stockpot, combine the chicken, sausage, onion, butter, seasonings and bay leaves. Add the water, bring to a boil, cover, and cook at a low boil for 40 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pot and let cool slightly. Pick the meat from the bones, discarding the bones and skin. Add the rice to the pot and bring to a boil, stirring well. Boil for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat, cover the pot, and simmer for 10 minutes, or until the rice is done. Remove the bay leaves, and return the chicken to the pot.

House Seasoning:

1 cup salt

1/4 cup black pepper

1/4 cup garlic powder

Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Hillary's version of the Paula Deen Recipe

Hillary's version of the Paula Deen Recipe
Hillary's version of the Paula Deen Recipe

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Puttin' on the Grits - A fabulous pun, if ever there was one!!

Continuing the tradition of a slow, gracious Southern way of life that many folks claim still exists & flourishes in South Carolina (just as many would claim the Northerners relocating in here have wrecked it!), here with this fun little cookbook is the best selection of regional favorites. Some time-honored, some new - all delicious and delectable!

Low Country Cooking

A Coastal South Carolina Tradition - from the boggy marshes of the Grand Strand

Chicken Bog
Chicken Bog

CHICKEN BOG RECIPE

A coastal South Carolina delicacy with chicken, sausage, and rice - This authentic recipe was contributed by the Loris Chamber of Commerce.

Ingredients

6 cups water

1 tablespoon salt

1 onion, chopped

1 (3 pound) whole chicken

3 1/2 cups chicken broth

1 cup long-grain white rice

1/2 pound smoked sausage of your choice, sliced

2 tablespoons Italian-style seasonings

2 cubes chicken bouillon

Preparation

Place water, salt and onion in a large pot. Add chicken and bring all to a boil; cook until chicken is tender, about 1 hour.

Remove chicken from pot and let cool. Remove skin and bones and chop remaining meat into bite size pieces.

Skim off fat from cooking liquid and measure 3 1/2 cups of this chicken broth into a 6-quart saucepan. Add rice, chicken pieces, sausage, herb seasoning and bouillon to this saucepan. Cook all together for 30 minutes; let come to a boil, then reduce heat to low, keeping pan covered the whole time. If mixture is too watery or juicy, cook over medium low heat, uncovered, until it reaches the desired consistency. Stir often while cooking.

Low Country Cuisine

Authentic - with a whole chapter devoted to chicken bog!

"Regional variations dictate the kinds of seafood, the accompaniments and side dishes, and the preparation techniques (boiling, steaming, baking, or raw)."

Links to Chicken Bog Recipes

A variety of chicken bog recipes from all over the world.

Plantation Cookbook

At the age of nineteen Emily Wharton married Charles Sinkler and moved eight hundred miles from her Philadelphia home to a cotton plantation in an isolated area in the South Carolina Low Country. In monthly letters to her northern family she recorded keen observations about her adopted home, and in a receipt book she assembled a trusted collection of culinary and medicinal recipes reflecting her ties to both North and South. Together with an extensive biographical and historical introduction by Anne Sinkler Whaley LeClercq, these documents provide a flavorful record of plantation cooking, folk medicine, travel, and social life in the antebellum South.

With a new appendix of eighty-two additional receipts, recently discovered by the author amid her family archives, this cookbook, "...provides a moving chronicle of a place, well-loved in its time, and passed into memory, legend, and now onto the printed page." 2010 Southern Quarterly

An  Antebellum Plantation Household: Including the South Carolina Low Country Receipts and Remedies of Emily Wharton Sinkler with Eighty-Two Newly Dis (Women's Diaries and Letters of the South)
An Antebellum Plantation Household: Including the South Carolina Low Country Receipts and Remedies of Emily Wharton Sinkler with Eighty-Two Newly Dis (Women's Diaries and Letters of the South)

About the Author:-

A native of Charleston, Anne Sinkler Whaley LeClercq is director of the Daniel Library at the Citadel and a great-great-great-granddaughter of Emily Wharton Sinkler. She holds a master's degree in librarianship from Emory University and a J.D. from the University of Tennessee. LeClercq is also editor of Between North and South: The Letters of Emily Wharton Sinkler, 1842–1865.

 

Betw~ grits, peaches, pecans & shrimp, it's real nice to add a Chicken Bog to the list of SC Foods!

Join the Debate! - Share what you think, would ya?

Is Chicken Bog

merely a soggy, boggy mess

merely a soggy, boggy mess

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    • ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      I've been in SC for 27 years now. I've adapted to many of the local traditions but Chicken Bog is not one of them.

    A delicious tradition that should be preserved... and for all time, at that!!

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      • Mickie Goad 6 years ago

        Preserve it! I have not had the pleasure of tasting Chicken Bog and I do not want you to run out of it before I do.

      • GrowWear 6 years ago

        Love chicken bog!

      • Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

        If it is a SC Tradition, it has to be good!

      • JulietJohnson 6 years ago

        If you roast your chicken and let things cool - ie let the fat gel so that you can remove it before you get going with the bog - you have a real shot at creating something tasty not fatty!

        I think all local foods' recipes should be preserved; kids need a heritage.

      Food, Folklore and Art of Lowcountry Cooking

      "The perfect gift for Southerners, history lovers, and foodies alike.

      Discover the secrets of one of the most mysterious, romantic regions in the South: the Lowcountry. James Beard Cookbook of the Year Award-winning author Joe Dabney produces another gem with this comprehensive celebration of Lowcountry cooking.

      The Food, Folklore, and Art of Lowcountry Cooking: A Celebration of the Foods, History, and Romance Handed Down from England, Africa, the Caribbean, France, Germany, and Scotland
      The Food, Folklore, and Art of Lowcountry Cooking: A Celebration of the Foods, History, and Romance Handed Down from England, Africa, the Caribbean, France, Germany, and Scotland

      Packed with history, authoritative folklore, photographs, and fascinating sidebars, Dabney takes readers on a tour of the Coastal Plain, including Charleston, Savannah, and Beaufort, the rice plantations, and the sea islands.

       
      Chicken Bog
      Chicken Bog

      Much blessed recipe from Ralph on the Christian Forum, and a lovely way for me to pay tribute to him and the new Squidoo Recipe Module.

      Chicken bog is supposed to be "peppery". So, at the end and just before you serve, add more freshly ground black pepper if desired. If using powdered black pepper (you shouldn't!) be careful not to add too much. The onion soup mix is already quite salty. Be careful about adding extra salt. Table salt is saltier than kosher salt. Chicken bog should be only slightly moist. Depending upon the brand of rice you use, you may have to add more (or less) stock or cook uncovered for a longer (or shorter) time. Don't overcook! Try not to stir the rice up too much to avoid making it too "gooey".

      • Cook time: 4 hours
      • Ready in: 4 hours
      • Yields: 12 - 15

      Ingredients

      • 1 lb smoked Sausage cut into 1/4" slices
      • 1 pkg. Lipton onion soup mix
      • 1 1/2 tbls. Freshly ground black pepper
      • 1 tbls Kosher salt
      • 1 tbls. Worcestershire Sauce
      • 1/2 tsp. Kitchen Bouquet
      • 4 cups long grain uncooked rice
      • 8 cups Reserved chicken stock
      • 8 cups Reserved chicken stock

      Instructions

      1. Place whole chicken in large pot with enough water to cover. Simmer on low heat until chicken is "falling off the bone" tender (about 3 hours).
      2. Remove chicken, reserving 8 cups of the stock. Place stock in refrigerator to cool so that fat can be skimmed off surface. (This may be done overnight if desired.)
      3. Pick chicken off bones into bite-sized pieces. Discard skin and bones.
      4. Bring reserved stock to boil. Add onion soup mix and next 4 ingredients. Mix well.
      5. Add chicken and sausage. Stir well.
      6. Add rice, cover and lower heat to simmer. Cook for 30 minutes.
      7. Uncover and simmer an additional 15 minutes or until rice is cooked and all stock has been absorbed.
      Cast your vote for Ralph's Chicken Bog

      D'you make a good one? When was the last time you tasted a really fabulous, scrumptious, non-oily dish? is it a winter only recipe?

      I'd love to hear your thoughts. (And, if you like the lens, I'd love you to rate it with a few stars, or favorite it!)

      **** PS -- One more recipe down below! ***

      So, what about your chicken bog?

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          Mickie Goad 6 years ago

          My, oh my--a southern dish I have not heard of. I have been in Alabama too long--must get out more!

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          poutine 6 years ago

          Never, ever, heard of this chicken dish.

          It does sound delicious.

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          QuinnWolf LM 6 years ago

          Awesome. I learn something new every day on Squidoo. I've never heard of Chicken Bog before but I'll definitely have to try this one !

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          Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

          Chicken bog sounds quite similar to New Orleans Jambalaya without the shrimp. I hadn't heard of it before, but am familiar with some Low Country dishes, particularly a 'Low Country Boil', from my days of living on Tybee Island, GA, then in upstate South Carolina. I love chicken and rice together, so this sounds like a delicious dish to try.

          I was in Myrtle Beach last summer for my son's wedding on Pawleys Island. Lovely area. I see several of my South Carolina friends here in the guestbook! :)

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          Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

          Chicken bog sounds quite similar to New Orleans Jambalaya without the shrimp. I hadn't heard of it before, but am familiar with some Low Country dishes, particularly a 'Low Country Boil', from my days of living on Tybee Island, GA, then in upstate South Carolina. I love chicken and rice together, so this sounds like a delicious dish to try.

          I was in Myrtle Beach last summer for my son's wedding on Pawleys Island. Lovely area. I see several of my South Carolina friends here in the guestbook! :)

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          sittonbull 6 years ago

          I too am a native of the Palmetto State and like most all southern food. Must admit though... prior to this lens, I've never heard of the Chicken bog. Sounds good though~ thanks for the introduction.

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          Joan4 6 years ago

          I eat mine like Growwear! I remove that sausage. But I do love chicken bog!

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          ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

          Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year

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          GrowWear 6 years ago

          Never liked the sausage in it very much. Will eat it any season. Chicken bog is a dish that's highly satisfying. ...Welcome to SC Group!

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          I was born and raised in South Carolina and did not know about Chicken Bog until reading your lens. I live in the Upstate so that is probably the reason. The low country has a lot of cooking traditions that are very different from the Upstate. Chicken Bog sounds great and I sure will have to try it soon! Welcome to the South Carolina with this great lens.

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          clouda9 lm 6 years ago

          Well how 'bout that!? I learned something new today, I'd never, ever heard about chicken bog and the traditions behind it!