Mom's Fried Chicken Gizzards

Total Time
3hrs 10mins
Prep 3 hrs
Cook 10 mins

If I had to choose my last meal, it would be my mom's fried chicken gizzards, with mashed potatoes and gravy. Mom still makes them for me every year on my birthday (and on special request!) People either love gizzards or hate them.. For those of us who LOVE them.. here is the recipe that I live for. Hope you enjoy!


  1. 2-3 hours prior to cooking. In a large bowl or dutch oven, place gizzards, water and 2 Tbls salt. Let soak. (This draws out that bloody/organ taste). Change salty water every 1/2 hour to hour, for 2-3 hours.
  2. Drain gizzards. Place drained gizzards on paper toweling, and pat dry.
  3. Salt and Pepper both sides of the gizzards.
  4. In a large zippy bag, place flour and salt and pepper.
  5. In your favorite chicken frying pan (I use Grandma's old cast-iron skillet), melt enough shortening to get 1/4" in the pan.
  6. Place a handful of gizzards in flour baggie. Shake.
  7. Remove gizzards from baggie. Shake off excess flour mix.
  8. Gently place gizzards in the hot shortening. Cover with lid ajar. Cook for 5 mins on Medium-High heat, or until browned.
  9. Turn gizzards, and cover for another 5 mins or until browned.
  10. (Pleae note: Gizzards will fry better if cooked in batches. Place cooked gizzards in the oven on 'warm' or 200 degrees, between batches.).
  11. Enjoy!
Most Helpful

We had these last night for dinner. (Man, I love gizzards!) They were so good. I loved soaking them in the salted water. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us.

mommyoffour May 16, 2012

Oh how I love fried gizzards! I never thought about soaking them but will do as you say the next time I make them. Thanks for the recipe.

Miss Eve February 17, 2011