for any other. It is solid, orange to yellow top, and underneath it is white. No other mushroom is like this. It is called a chicken mushroom because it can be used just about any way you cook chicken. My personal favorite for it, and how I cooked more than half of this one, is to bread and fried it like fried chicken. I also made a stir fry over pasta using some of this instead of chicken. This one was perfect. It was fresh and solid....and these ones will keep longer than most mushrooms that must be cooked within a day.
This is not the first wild mushroom I ever ate, since my father was a forager, but this was the first one that I trusted to eat that I found myself. My uncle (father's brother) was with us when we found it and he would not eat it, since he didn't know this kind. The color was odd to consider eating, but I was absolutely sure of the identification.
And don't worry about being a scaredy cat, most people are, and most people that I know will not eat my mushrooms (even though I have been doing this for years now and have never gotten sick----yet). I am constantly told that they will hear about me being one of those people who end up in the hospital or dead. OK. Sure. But I am careful and will not eat anything that I cannot identify positively. I also have gone to mushroom talks and identification classes as well as making friends with some experts who I will go out with to learn how to recognize mushrooms. And constantly use the field guides.