South Carolina Chicken Bog: The Chicken Bog King of the Pee Dee (2014)

About the Film

What is Chicken bog? Folks in surrounding states are likely to give you a blank stare if you mention it. Chicken bog is a delicious chicken, rice and sausage dish, and it’s very much a South Carolina thing. Specifically, chicken bog is most popular in Horry County, the home of Myrtle Beach and Conway and west to Florence. It’s closely related to chicken pilau (or pilaf or perlo), except that it’s … well, boggier. It’s moister than chicken perlo, which is more common in Georgetown County, just to the south of Horry County. The name “bog” probably comes from the wetness of the dish, although some speculate that it may come from the bogginess of the area where it is popular. South Carolinians, especially in the Low Country, have long had a love affair with rice. Throughout the 1700s until the Civil War, South Carolina was the largest rice producer in the nation, but rice wasn’t grown commercially through the 1900s. In recent years, Carolina Plantation Rice in Darlington and Anson Mills, based in Columbia, have begun growing rice again.


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