Slow Cooker

Southern Fried Chicken Gizzards

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken gizzards, rinsed
  • 2 stalks celery, cut into chunks
  • 1onion, cut into chunks
  • 2bay leaves
  • 1 ½ teaspoons celery salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried Italian herb seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon Louisiana-style hot sauce
  • 3 cups oil for deep frying
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Place the chicken gizzards, celery, onion, bay leaves, and 1 teaspoon of celery salt into a saucepan, and pour in enough water to cover the gizzards by 1 inch. Bring the gizzards to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until tender, about 2 1/2 hours. Pour in more water during simmering, if needed, to keep gizzards covered. Remove the gizzards to a bowl, discard the celery and onion, and reserve the broth.

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  • Step 2

    Season the gizzards with 1/2 teaspoon of celery salt, the seasoned salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, cumin, and hot sauce, stirring to combine well. Pour 1/3 cup of the reserved broth over the seasoned gizzards, and refrigerate for 30 minutes or more, stirring often. (Save or freeze the remaining broth for another use, if desired.)

  • Step 3

    Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • Step 4

    Place the flour in a plastic bag, and pour in the gizzards with their seasoning. Shake the bag to thoroughly coat the gizzards with flour. Gently lower about 1/4 of the gizzards per batch into the hot oil, and fry until golden brown, about 5 minutes per batch. Drain the gizzards on paper towels, and serve hot.

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