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.

Sauteed Chicken Gizzards

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!!!

Sauteed Chicken Gizzards

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? 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!

Sauteed Chicken Gizzards Recipe

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!

Share your ideas, recipes, and images with me on Instagram @sandraseasycooking using hashtags #sandraseasycooking

Sauteed Chicken Gizzards
Yield: Serves 4

Sauteed Chicken Gizzards

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.

4 thoughts on “Sauteed Chicken Gizzards”

  • Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I love chicken gizzards with carmelized onions. So healthy, contains a lot of Iron. I have MS/Multiple Sclerosis and need a clean, healthy diet. Up North it’s rare to even find them on the menu so I’m hoping my local grocery store sells them. In the South while on vacation years ago they even sold these at Gas Stations, much like the way you can buy Fries! I was so surprised. I prefer mine boiled 1st, then I roll them in a seasoned flour mix and sautĂ© slowly. I’ve also tasted them cooked more crispy. My next trip to the grocery store I plan to use your recipe; just dredging in flour before sautĂ©ing! Thanks so much. This recipe will bring up my iron count, add so much protein to my diet. I’m trying to eat as few Carbs as possible so I need to figure out what to eat with them other than Rice, Polenta or Potatoes.. Maybe just a Salad or a side dish of steamed Veggies! Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

    • I am sorry to hear about your health issues and I hope it gets better. Cleaning up a diet is a step forward.

      I like mine just like you as well but found it that just frying them up a bit is easier. I like them crispy. with some onions. Yes, you can definitely serve them with anything. Potatoes, maybe grits or polenta… it’s really tasty! Let me know if you decide to make them. I will make step by step instructions soon so stay tuned.

      Sending positive vibes and blessings your way.

      • I love them deep fried and boiled and served in gravy, getting ready to try them your way except will instant pot 20 minutes first step. For lower carb impact, use a “slow carb” that releases sugar slower into the bloodstream like a sweet potato or yam, brown rice, or multi grain bread.

  • My brother just served gizzards at his convenience store/truck stop. They went well and he says he’s now a southerner!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *