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Sauteed Chicken Gizzards

Sauteed Chicken Gizzards

Sauteed Chicken Gizzards

We are having sauteed chicken gizzards today on the menu. Please do not turn your head and make that face. This recipe is really delicious, on top of all, even my kids love them.

What? Your kids eat sauteed chicken gizzards!!!

Why, yes, yes they do! Hearts, gizzards, liver. When I was young, whole packs of gizzards were unavailable to me at least I do not remember.

You had one chicken for lunch and mostly all the chicken insides were slow-cooked in the large pot for soup, even chicken feet.

I mean that is a really rich, flavorful soup that you would ever taste, but you had only one liver and one gizzard and so on… That could not satisfy me.


When I came to the US, whole packages of gizzard were like a shock to me… not that I am complaining! 😀 I am a real foodie, and I will eat almost everything except oysters… cannot do them. I really tried!

Anyhow, the way I make gizzard,  they are soft yet chewy, flavorful, delicious… OK! My mouth is watering already! And they are so cheap!!!

Now to tell you something funny… every time I go to buy them cashier is giving me that look, or a question “do you make food for your pets?” Really?


Sauteed Chicken Gizzards

Yes, I was insecure putting this recipe on my blog, because of the dirty looks, but I can’t hold it anymore because even though they might not be your cup of tea, it is most certainly mine!

I have been making this recipe for over 14 years, and we absolutely love it, so suck it up buttercup. You do not need to leave me nasty comments about it.

I do hope somebody in the crowds is a lover too!

Sauteed Chicken Gizzards

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Sauteed Chicken Gizzards

Sauteed Chicken Gizzards

Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Sauteed Chicken Gizzards recipe


  • 2 tablespoons Oil
  • 1 pack Gizzards, you may use with hearts or w/o
  • 1/2 Onion sliced
  • 2 Garlic cloves sliced or minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Bouillon powder
  • Salt to taste, a few pinches


First, wash gizzards really well under cold water, cut them in half, and cut off any green or fatty parts, if any. Boil 1/2 pot of salted water, drop in the water gizzards and let them boil for 20 minutes, keep the lid halfway closed, and be close by because water will start to bubble.

Boil on high for the first 5 minutes, then turn down the heat to lower temperature. It doesn't have to be simmer, just to keep boiling.

Drop gizzards in a colander and wash under cold water, let them get air dry until ready to use.

Slice onion, garlic and set aside. Preheat oil and drop in the carefully chicken gizzard, turn the heat to medium and saute for a few minutes, just when they start to turn brownish, crunchy color, drop in onion and garlic.

Season with Bouillon powder (You can use herbs too) or salt to taste; Since gizzards were cooking in salted water, you do not need much, maybe few pinches. Saute until onion and garlic start to get a golden color, and gizzards are brownish.

Add polenta to the bowl, then put in gizzards and take a tablespoon of that oil that gizzards sauteed in and drizzle on top.

You can also serve them with rice or potatoes. Serve it over POLENTA, RICE OR ON IT'S OWN. 


When you sauteing gizzards, they tend to burst from time to time, if you have fitted saute pan lid that would be the best to keep you protected! You can also make soup/stew base with gizzards just add salt to taste, onion, celery, bay leaf, and carrots. After boiling, just take out gizzards for sauteing and drain the stock into container separating it from veggies.

FOR ME IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO boil gizzards before sauteing. They are still chewy and get that softer bite. Sometimes I boil them even longer than 30 minutes.

I usually make instant polenta. That is the kind I like, so just follow the instructions on the back.


Thursday 7th of April 2022

I am so nervous to make this. I have been saving chicken giblets that come in a little bag in a whole chicken for a few weeks now, so I have quite a bit frozen right now. Your recipe sounds like what I am looking for. I really don't want to fry them. I don't like to throw things away so have been saving them, hoping I would build up the courage enough to try a recipe like this. Hope it tastes good. It will help my low iron levels too.

Sandra Mihic

Saturday 9th of April 2022

It is such inexpensive food so just go for it. Boil and use a bit of oil and shallow fry. Some people like boiling for longer (an hour) and just adding a bit of salt without frying. You can even chop them after boiling and fry them like that... they are less chewy. I hope you like it! Let me know how they turned out. Thanks!!!


Saturday 2nd of April 2022

I like your way of cooking gizzards gets them nice and soft I use tomato bolognaise sauce over them



Friday 1st of April 2022

what is a pack?

Sandra Mihic

Wednesday 6th of April 2022

It depends where you live. Here in the States one pack is usually 1.25 lbs (567g).

shelley la rush

Wednesday 23rd of March 2022

Ummmm I really bought the gizzards yesterday! I will be the only one eating them haha. Thanks for the recipe and will tell you how it worked out. Cheers.

shelley la rush

Tuesday 22nd of March 2022

Hello there. Bought some gizzards today! Did not think I would find it here in Canada. I grew up in the southern states and just remembering certain dishes. Yeah, you cant eat squirrel or rattlesnake here lol. I will be the only one partaking on this recipe as my husband teenage son think S&P is a condiment. Cheers!

Sandra Mihic

Wednesday 6th of April 2022

hahaha, I hear ya! I hope you liked it!

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