In October, the town of Bear Grass, 73, about 20 miles northeast of Greenville, held its annual Chicken Mull Festival and served 65 gallons of chicken prepared by 13 competing teams. In October 2014, they held their first chicken mull festival in Bear Grass, South Carolina. In September our city with its just over 1000 inhabitants held its first Chicken Mull Festival.
Members of AmVets Post made a fundraiser out of it, but there wasn’t much to do, so they had no interest in continuing the local Mull tradition. The bear grass lad cooked a pot of chicken mull, as he called it, and forgot about it, and we would do it.
The chicken was deboned and cooked along side other things that they didn’t want to share, such as turkey, pork, beef, lamb and fish.
A chicken stew is a whole chicken cut into pieces and steamed in water with butter and spices to a broth with milk. To make mull, boil the chicken until it is ready and take it out, crush it, cover it with enough water, remove the meat and add a few crumbled crackers. You can also braise it in the same way that you use it in some countries to cook your clothes.
Some people have claimed that “mull” is a shortened form of mulligatawny, citing the fact that many curries – seasoned with “Anglo-Indian” soups – start with the same four letters. I suspect that some commentators who reach for straws postulate that Chicken Mull is the shortened version of “Mull – Mull” (or in some cases “Chicken Mulling”). The first time I found the spelling “Chicken Mull” in print was in the South Carolina Greenwood Index Journal, which reported in March 1923 that Spencer May was entertained at a chicken Mull party by a group of friends at the Greenwood Hotel in Greenwood.
It seems that chicken mull is still popular in South Carolina and often appears at barbecues and church conventions. There is also bear grass in the town, a speciality from the south, and bringing it closer to more people has been the aim of the Chicken Mull Festival since its inception.
As far as I know, this version of the chicken stew is specific to Yadkin, Surry and Stokes counties.
Most people who have studied chicken dung have concluded that it was invented and isolated in a part of North Georgia, if there was one at all. My suspicion is that it is only known as an endangered species from a wide area from East Virginia to northern Georgia. As it turns out, the chicken mole is known in other parts of the country, as far away as North Carolina and South Carolina. It is completely unheard of in the Athens area, which is still the only place you can find in North America except in a few small towns in Georgia and Kentucky.
My friends who grew up in the state’s east are a little confused about the chicken stew. Charlotte says her uncle married a farm girl and introduced her and her family to Chicken Mull.
Secondly, we have a 1920s mull from Greenwood, South Carolina, which offers a recipe for making a Georgia-style chicken mull.
The history of Chicken Mull includes a long tradition of garbage collection at events where stew is cooked per gallon and served to the crowd. In the 1950s and 1960s, she was popular in Georgia and South Carolina, where she participated in political rallies, fundraisers and community parties. Chicken mull and chicken stew were the main components of social events normally held in the cold season, with most events taking place between September and December. They were an integral part of their time and place, but also imbued with a sense of community and pride in their local communities.
Chicken was also served at events such as Christmas parties, parades, concerts and other social events. Chicken Mull is served in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, China, Germany, India, France, Italy, Spain and many other countries. Chicken Mull can also be served as a side dish at parties and events in other parts of the world.
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