15 Oct Marketing Share: 5 Ways to Cook Chicken Gizzards
Many people don’t know what chicken gizzards are, let alone how to cook them. But if you’re looking to introduce this powerful protein to your diet, you should consider what kind of nutrients you’re looking for. There are many ways to prepare chicken gizzards, and many sides the complement the dish well.
To have a healthy diet, you should consider what type of nutrition your body needs based on your lifestyle. For more personal and advanced analysis of what your specific body needs based on your lifestyle, consult a nutritionist. For the purposes of this blog, the nutrition facts will be based on the average sedentary person.
Here’s What Your Body Needs
The information in this section is all based on the daily requirements for a healthy body of an average sedentary person.
Calories: 2000 – 2400 (depending on age)
Protein: 56 grams
Calories: 1600 – 2000 (depending on age)
Protein: 46 grams
Everyone should try to consume 100% of their Daily Value (%DV on nutrition labels) of dietary fiber, vitamins A and C, calcium, potassium, and iron. Vitamin B12 is also important, especially for people over the age of 50. For people with dark skin, and people insufficiently exposed to sunlight tend to need more vitamin D to help maintain bone health.
Here’s What Chicken Gizzards Have To Offer
Chicken gizzards offer many health benefits, and are packed with protein, vitamins, and minerals that will fit into a healthy diet.
Here’s what you can expect from a 1-cup serving of chicken gizzards:
-1g saturated fat
Chicken gizzards are also a very good source of Vitamin B12, Iron, Phosphorus, Zinc, and Selenium, while staying low on saturated fat and salt.
Methods Of Cooking
The way you prepare chicken gizzards, and the sides you pair them with, can really complete your nutritional checklist. Some methods of preparation are healthier than others, but all things are good in moderation, and sometimes you need to treat yourself.
Here are some of the most common ways to prepare chicken gizzards:
The most common way you will see chicken gizzards prepared are fried. Like most fried foods, they are delicious. Unfortunately frying foods in oil or butter, with a breading can make them less healthy for you than you might want. If you want a delicious treat, fry your gizzards, but if you’re looking for something more healthy, there are healthier ways to prepare gizzards.
Sauteed and Braised
Season your gizzards and throw them in deep pot with some oil. By sauteing and browning the gizzards with herbs and spices you load them with flavor. This flavor is soaked up in the braising fluid, or broth, and makes for a healthy delicious meal.
Using a slow cooker is one of the easiest ways to cook a meal, but also one of the most time consuming. Simply add all of your ingredients into the slow cooker and put it on low for 6 to eight hours. This slow cooking process will tenderize the chicken gizzards so they will nearly melt in your mouth. Add veggies to your slow cooker for an easy nutritious meal.
Baking gizzards might sound unusual, but the texture will blow your mind. To prepare them, cut the gizzards in half, and season them with your desired herbs and spices. Bake them in the oven until the gizzards are browned. Serve these moist and juicy chicken gizzards with your sides of choice, and consider adding a sauce to the gizzards to really liven them up.
Never thought you could grill chicken gizzards, did you? Well give it a shot! Properly prepare the chicken gizzards, and then let them boil in water for 15 minutes. Soak wooden skewers in water for 15 minutes while the gizzards are boiling. Skewer your chicken gizzards and place them over hot charcoal for about 15 minutes, turning them as needed to cook them through.
These are just a few of the ways you can make chicken gizzards the star of your next dinner party, or family meal. At Delong’s, we understand the poultry industry, and want everyone to enjoy poultry as much as we do. We hope that our passion for poultry encourages and inspires meals starring poultry consumption for generations to come.
With decades of experience, we are the leading experts on the gizzard production process. For more information about how DeLong’s Gizzard Equipment can help you, request a free consultation today or call us at (800) 422-9134.