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What is the best use of chicken innards? I don't want to just throw then out..

Would love recipe suggestions or general recommendations!

asked by Rachel Kerley over 3 years ago
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added over 3 years ago

Save the necks and use for stock. You can cut up the liver and gizzard and make Dirty Rice.

added over 3 years ago

I save the liver and gizzards for my mother -- she likes to make pate out of them.


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added over 3 years ago

Use the livers for pâté or Tuscan Crostini. The gizzards and hearts are wonderful in your Thanksgiving gravy! Necks (and wing tips) go in the stock pot.

added over 3 years ago

I agree with all of those great ideas above but I usually don't/can't wait to consume those delicious bits so I cook and eat them with my chicken. Neck, heart and gizzard are roasted right in the pan along with the chicken and are consumed by the chef as a reward. Liver, which is too delicate for the high temperature roasting I prefer for chicken, is sauteed with a little salt and pepper in a tiny cast iron pan which gets little other use. Cook the liver just long enough for it to firm up and it turns out creamy and delicious, like pate only without the wait (and work).

On the rare occasion that I am doing something other than roasting, I like to stick the innards on a skewer and grill them at high temperature like yakitori. Just add some salt or a swabbing of soy/sake/sugar and you are done.

added over 3 years ago

Thank you! This is great!

added over 3 years ago

I grind them and feed the dog. He benefits from the nutrition

added over 3 years ago

I cook them for my cats, who are very appreciative -- much more so than others in my family.