How To Cook Chicken Gizzards South Africa

How To Cook Chicken Gizzards South Africa

In South Africa, chicken gizzards are a popular delicacy. They are rich in protein and low in fat, which makes them a healthy option for those looking to eat healthily. Cooking chicken gizzards is a simple process that involves boiling, frying, or grilling.

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  1. Preparing Chicken Gizzards
  2. Boiled Chicken Gizzards
    1. Seasoning Boiled Chicken Gizzards
  3. Fried Chicken Gizzards
  4. Grilled Chicken Gizzards
    1. Final Thoughts

Preparing Chicken Gizzards

Before cooking chicken gizzards, it is essential to clean them properly. Rinse the gizzards thoroughly in cool water to remove any dirt or debris. Remove any yellow membranes or veins using a sharp knife.

After cleaning, cut the gizzards into bite-sized pieces. You can use a kitchen scissors or a sharp knife.

Boiled Chicken Gizzards

Boiling is one of the most straightforward methods to cook chicken gizzards. Boiling also helps to tenderize the gizzards. To boil chicken gizzards, follow these simple steps:

  1. Place the cleaned and sliced chicken gizzards in a pot.
  2. Add enough water to cover them, and bring it to a boil.
  3. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot with a lid and leave it to simmer for about 45 minutes.
  4. Check to make sure they are fully cooked before removing them from the stove.

Seasoning Boiled Chicken Gizzards

Boiled chicken gizzards can be eaten as it is or seasoned to add flavour. Here is a quick recipe:

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  • Melt two tablespoons of butter in a pan.
  • Add a teaspoon of chopped garlic and a pinch of rosemary.
  • Add the boiled chicken gizzards and sauté for a few minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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Fried Chicken Gizzards

Fried chicken gizzards are crispy and delicious. To fry chicken gizzards, follow these steps:

  1. Season the chicken gizzards with salt, pepper, and paprika.
  2. Dredge the gizzards in flour.
  3. Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
  4. Add the gizzards and fry until golden brown on both sides, for about 5 minutes.
  5. Remove the gizzards from the pan and place them on a paper towel to absorb excess oil.

Grilled Chicken Gizzards

Grilled chicken gizzards have a smoky flavour and are perfect for outdoor summer cookouts. Here's how to grill chicken gizzards:

  1. Season chicken gizzards with salt, pepper, and your preferred seasoning.
  2. Preheat your grill to 375°F(190°C).
  3. Place your seasoned chicken gizzards on the grill, and cook for about 5-6 minutes on each side until slightly charred or golden brown.
  4. Once done, remove the gizzards from the grill and let them rest for about 5 minutes before serving.

Final Thoughts

Cooking chicken gizzards is a simple process that requires basic cooking skills. Boiling, frying, and grilling are the most common ways to cook chicken gizzards in South Africa. You can enjoy chicken gizzards as a standalone meal or as a side dish. You can serve them with pap, which is a staple food in South Africa or with roasted vegetables.

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