Chicken gizzards are often overlooked in favor of more common chicken meat. But they are actually very flavorful and delicious if cooked correctly. And even considered a delicacy in certain cultures and cuisines, like African.
This recipe is for scrumptious, crispy, deep fried to perfection, chicken gizzards, creating mouthwatering bites with bold meat flavor.
But what exactly is a gizzard, let’s get to the bottom of it before we start cooking it. A gizzard is a tough muscle that’s part of the digestive tract of a chicken. The gizzards grind up the food which then continues to the stomach in tiny pieces. Gizzards are tough muscles that have to be handled and cooked the proper way.
Gizzards are very small, with a distinctive rich taste that resembles dark chicken meat, but with a chewier and tougher texture. That chewy texture and the deep meat flavor, what makes the gizzard so unique and tasty.
This recipe is absolutely foolproof and solid. Chicken gizzards are first boiled together with aromatics like onions, celery, garlic and fragrant herbs like bay leaf and thyme. They are boiled for about 2 hours to tenderize them and also infuse them with the delicious flavors.
They are then dredged in eggs and seasoned flour mixture and deep fried till beautiful amber brown. The result is crunchy, smokey flavored chicken gizzards that resemble chicken wings in taste. Serve them with a side of your favorite sauce for a fantastic snack or an appetizer.
Follow the steps below to make delicious chicken gizzards.