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Fried Chicken Gizzards Recipe

In this tender chicken gizzards recipe, the gizzards are first marinated in a spicy bath of buttermilk and hot sauce, then battered in a seasoned flour and finally fried to golden brown perfection.
Prep Time1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Southern
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 173kcal


  • 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.


  • Deep Fryer: Works best if you have one. This way you don’t have to turn them over and they cook evenly on all sides. If not, try using a smaller, deeper pan so the level of oil is higher.
  • Marinate: The marinating step is crucial to making the best fried chicken gizzards since it softens the toughness of the meat.


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