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Fried Chicken Gizzard Recipe

Southern Fried Gizzard recipe - chicken gizzards are marinated in a spicy bath of buttermilk and hot sauce and are battered in a seasoned flour and fried to golden brown perfection.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Southern
Keyword chicken, classic recipe, comfort food
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 173kcal
Author Jocelyn Delk Adams of Grandbaby Cakes


  • 1 pound gizzards
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 1 ¼ cup self rising flour
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • Oil for frying


  • Start by trimming the excess fat and gristle from the chicken gizzards.
  • Add buttermilk and hot sauce to a plastic storage bag and shake to combine. Add gizzards to bag and allow to marinate for 1-2 hours.
  • To a large bag, add flour, seasoned salt, black pepper, garlic powder, cayenne and paprika and whisk until combined.
  • Once gizzards are done soaking, add gizzards a few at a time to seasoned flour bag and shake to evenly coat then place them on a parchment lined baking sheet. Place in refrigerator for 20 minutes to set flour.
  • Heat oil over medium high heat. Make sure oil is at least 2-3 inches tall.
  • Fry until golden brown then drain on paper towels.


Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 160mg | Sodium: 1626mg | Potassium: 210mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Vitamin C: 4.3mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 1.8mg