HOME > Chowhound > General Topics >
Are you making a specialty food? Get great advice
TELL US

Weird livery substance on back of chicken thighs.

mwerkharder Sep 30, 2007 07:23 AM

I've noticed, especially when eating crispy fried chicken thighs, on the back of the thigh, not the front, meaty part, but the bony back part which gets quite crispy as well, there is a thing under some bones that break off revealing a small, wrinkly thing that tastes like liver. Has anyone else noticed this and/or knows what this is? It may even be part of the chicken back attached to the thigh or something,

Thanks!

  1. Eric in NJ Sep 30, 2007 08:42 AM

    I think it is made up of blood that seeps out during cooking. I kind of like it.

    1 Reply
    1. re: Eric in NJ
      Miss Needle Oct 1, 2007 01:45 PM

      Agree. I think it's blood as well that caught in the crevices.

    2. Will Owen Sep 30, 2007 12:05 PM

      It is some kind of organ - I used to think it was kidney, but those are the odd bean-shaped things. Whatever it is, I got brave enough to eat it back when I was a kid and have been doing it ever since. Spleen, maybe?

      1. o
        Oh Robin Oct 1, 2007 01:51 PM

        Mmmm.. I love that little thing. Always on the thighs from Juan Pollo.

        3 Replies
        1. re: Oh Robin
          mwerkharder Oct 1, 2007 02:38 PM

          Hmmm. I guess it could be blood. I always thought is was some kink of organ or gland, since it is livery. I still like it, tho!!!
          Do you think it might be bone marrow, from all the little bones around it?

          1. re: mwerkharder
            o
            Oh Robin Oct 1, 2007 03:26 PM

            No because it holds it's shape. I think it's a main vein or artery.

            1. re: Oh Robin
              JungMann Oct 2, 2007 07:16 AM

              It's not blood or leaked-out marrow. If you butcher a whole chicken you'll notice that there are small glands right inside the thigh, where you specify. And they're present in both halal and kosher thighs (in which the blood is drained). Given its location, could they be the ovaries? I thought maybe the adrenal glands, but there is no layer of protective fat as would be expected.

        Show Hidden Posts