Friday, September 4, 2015

Carolina Chicken Bog

I am a huge fan of one pot suppers. Meals like this are a lifesaver for me on crazy weeknight days where I do not have a lot of extra free time to throw a meal together. This dinner was made because I had a lot of polish sausage leftover and wanted to figure out some way to incorporate it into a cohesive meal. Enter Cook's Country magazine for the recipe for something called "bog". 

Bog. Such an appetizing name for a dish.

"What's for dinner, honey?"
"Yummy! Are we having a side of swamp and wetland with that?"

Ok, bad joke.

The kids love Lucy more than Bog!

Apparently, bog is a traditional dish from South Carolina, particularly from the county encompassing Myrtle Beach. Accurately described as a heavier rice pilaf, bog is a comforting one-pot mixture of rice, smoked sausage, and chicken. It's similar to the more famous southern dish Chicken Pilau. It gets it's name because it is a little "wetter" than pilau although some people think the name originated because when cooking the chicken becomes "bogged down" with rice.  Either way, it's a very popular dish if you are ever in South Carolina. All this information comes from the article that accompanied this recipe. Prior to that, I had never ever heard of bog. 
However, this is definitely a new favorite recipe. Despite it's simplicity, the dish is full-flavored, comforting, filling, and hearty. It's everything you look forward to eating after the end of a long day. While not really appropriate for a hot summer evening, I see this being made more often during the cold winter months. The only thing you need to serve with this is a nice salad or some steamed vegetables since, other than the onion, there are none in the dish itself. 

Simple, delicious, taste of the South. Although I wouldn't throw a dinner party and announce that you are serving "bog". Your guests may not show up. Or they'll hit the drive-thru before arrival. Sorry, I just can't get past the name.

Carolina Chicken Bog
from Cook's Country Feb/March 2015

6 (5 to 7-oz) bone-in chicken thighs, trimmed of excess fat
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
8 ounces smoked kielbasa sausage, cut into 1/2-inch-thick rounds
1 onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups chicken broth
2 cups long-grain white rice

Pat chicken dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Heat oil in Dutch oven over medium heat until just smoking. Cook chicken, skin side down, until well browned, 6 to 8 minutes; transfer chicken to plate. Discard skin.

Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat from pot and return to medium heat. Add sausage and onion and cook until onion is translucent and sausage begins to brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add broth, chicken, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until chicken is tender, about 30 minutes.

Remove chicken from pot and set aside. Stir rice into pot, cover, and continue to cook over low heat until rice is tender, about 20 minutes.

Shred chicken into bite-size pieces; discard bones. Gently fold shredded chicken into rice mixture. Remove from heat and let sit, covered, for 10 minutes. Serve.


  1. That is a horrible name and definitely not one to share with dinner guests until after they have eaten!

  2. We in SC are very proud of that name.

  3. Agreed. In SC we love the bog and the name is well received. Thanks for your concern diana. It seems you were interested enough to read the recipe just to criticize it. Clearly you are not southern. How rude and bless your heart, darling. Where are your manners?!

    1. I'm from Texas and while in MB, had chicken bog. I don't mind the name because it tastes amazing! This is one dish I have made several times and I call it what it is. Chicken bog. No one here bats an eye. They love it too! So glad I discovered this dish in SC!

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  5. Thank you SO much for including this recipe in your blog post! I have made this recipe a few times from my Cooks Country mag. today i was trying to plan my meals and grocery list, and i could not find this particular issue anywhere! a quick google search lead me here and i was so excited when i saw that you had the recipe all ready to print!! Seriously this was a lifesaver today!!! Thanks!

    1. Your comment made me so happy! Glad to be of help. Enjoy the delicious dish!

  6. I am a SC native and love chicken bog!! I have tried many recipes but this one is my favorite. My grandmothers family chicken bog recipe is exactly the same. That must be why this recipe is so damn good �� Thank u for posting.

  7. Just made this today in the wake of hurricane Florence in Murrells Inlet South Carolina. I’m a native of South Carolina and very Proud of the bog can’t wait to taste this! It looks and smells delicious! ��