Fried Chicken Gizzards Recipe

Fried Chicken Gizzards Recipe

Fried chicken gizzards are a delightful Southern delicacy that are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Often overlooked, gizzards are a flavorful and budget-friendly option that, when prepared correctly, can rival any other fried chicken dish. This recipe will guide you through the process of marinating, seasoning, and frying chicken gizzards to perfection, resulting in a crunchy, savory snack or appetizer that’s sure to be a hit. Whether you’re a long-time fan or trying gizzards for the first time, this dish is sure to please your taste buds.


  • 1 lb chicken gizzards, cleaned and trimmed
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional for heat)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Oil for frying (vegetable, canola, or peanut oil)


  1. Prepare the Gizzards:
    • Rinse the chicken gizzards under cold water. Trim any excess fat and remove any yellow lining if present.
  2. Marinate:
    • Place the cleaned gizzards in a bowl and pour the buttermilk over them. Make sure the gizzards are fully submerged. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight for best results. This helps to tenderize the gizzards.
  3. Coating Mixture:
    • In a separate bowl, combine the flour, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper (if using), salt, and black pepper. Mix well.
  4. Coating the Gizzards:
    • Remove the gizzards from the buttermilk, allowing any excess to drip off. Dredge the gizzards in the seasoned flour mixture, ensuring they are fully coated. For an extra crispy coating, you can repeat this step by dipping the gizzards back into the buttermilk and then dredging them again in the flour mixture.
  5. Frying:
    • Heat the oil in a deep fryer or a large, deep skillet to 350°F (175°C). You want enough oil to fully submerge the gizzards.
    • Fry the gizzards in batches, being careful not to overcrowd the pan. Fry until golden brown and crispy, about 5-7 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove the gizzards from the oil and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess oil.
  6. Serving:
    • Serve the fried chicken gizzards hot with your favorite dipping sauce, such as ranch dressing, hot sauce, or honey mustard.

Enjoy your crispy and delicious fried chicken gizzards!

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