I really wish I could jazz up the idea of Chicken Gizzards so everyone was as excited about them as I am… The idea of eating offal is scary for so many people and I completely understand… I grew up hating liver and couldn’t imagine that I would not only eat a variety of offal, but enjoy it immensely! Please just give gizzards a chance, I promise you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
Why are chicken gizzards AWESOME? Here’s a few reasons…..
- A 100-g serving of chicken or turkey gizzard supplies nearly 3 mg of zinc, or almost 20 percent of the daily value of this essential mineral, which is necessary for a healthy immune system.
- Promotes heart health because it is an excellent source of selenium, which supports the antioxidant activity of vitamins C and E in your body. Choline is another heart-healthy nutrient in gizzard.
- Natural source of niacin, or vitamin B-3, vitamin B-12 and vitamin B-6.
- Chicken gizzard has 2.5 mg of iron, or 14 percent of the daily value, and turkey gizzard has 4.3 mg, or 24 percent of the daily value, in a 100-g serving. Iron is an essential mineral for healthy red blood cells, and a deficiency can cause anemia. The iron that you get from animal products, such as gizzards, is in the form of heme iron, which is easier for your body to absorb than the non-heme iron from plant-based foods, such as spinach and beans.
- They taste really good! I can best describe them as very dark meat chicken. When cooked correctly they are tender and buttery (not tough and chewy as many people have experienced when they cooked them incorrectly!)
- Chicken Gizzards are a budget friendly protein option. Organic, pastured, free range chicken gizzards are some of the least expensive parts of a chicken, I pay $2.75 a pound from a local organic farm. (to find local farms/farmer’s markets in your area check out LocalHarvest.org or Eatwild.com)
So, now that you understand all the reasons you SHOULD be eating gizzards.. Let’s get onto my yummy Gizzards & Broth recipe, Here’s what you need:
- 1 pound of Free Range Chicken Gizzards, cut into quarters
- 2T Coconut Oil, butter, ghee or other healthy fat of your choice (I use 2 of my Perfectly Portioned Coconut Oil)
- 1c Onion, coarsely chopped
- 2 Large Cloves of Garlic, pressed or chopped finely
- 1 & 1/2t Sea Salt (buy HERE)
- Lots of Fresh Ground Black Pepper
- 4c Filtered Water (Click HERE for the filter we use)
Heat the pot of your pressure cooker (saute setting on your instant pot) to medium/high, add in coconut oil, onions, garlic, gizzards, salt and pepper.. Cook, stirring occasionally until onions are translucent and gizzards no longer look raw, then add in your water.
Put lid/weight on your pressure cooker and cook at 15 pounds of pressure for 25 minutes, allow to fully depressurize before opening 🙂 In your electric pressure cooker, 25 minutes at high pressure on the manual setting.
We enjoy our Gizzards & Broth with a scoop of my Perfectly Seasoned Rice and some sliced scallion tops!
6/17/13 **Due to Popular Request** I made up a batch of these over the weekend in our crockpot they turned out wonderfully also.. Here’s what I did:
I sauteed the gizzards, onion and garlic in coconut oil on the stove then transferred everything into the crock pot.. and added sea salt, pepper & water.. We cooked them covered on high for about 8 hours in our crockpot!