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What is a "Chicken Oyster"?

whiner Jun 11, 2009 05:40 AM

Title says it all. Is it part of a chicken? A type of oyster? What does it taste like? Thanks!

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  1. alkapal RE: whiner Jun 11, 2009 05:52 AM

    it's a part of the chicken that looks like an oyster, and it's slightly dark meat and the sweetest meat on the chicken. it is fat-oyster or rugby ball shaped, firm but tender and juicy, and is right next to the curved bone section adjacent to the thigh (which bone i have to look up).

    they are not the testicles!

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      fourunder RE: whiner Jun 11, 2009 05:53 AM

      The oysters(two) are located on the back and considered mighty fine eating.


      1. ChrisOC RE: whiner Jun 11, 2009 06:05 AM

        Next to the gizzard, the oysters are the best part. The turkey oysters are even better

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          chromacosmic RE: ChrisOC Jun 12, 2009 11:10 PM

          Next to those crispy bits of stuffing that poke out of the front of a roast turkey, a chicken/turkey oyster is my favorite cook's treat. On one of those days when I am weak and buy a rotisserie chicken and am smothered by the aroma in the car on the way home, the first thing I do when I get home is slip one (or both) oysters out of the bird and into my mouth.

        2. John Manzo RE: whiner Jun 13, 2009 09:33 PM

          THANK YOU for asking this! Amelie is one of my favourite movies but I never got the part about the fellow who "likes to eat the oysters" of his weekly roast chicken.

          1. jfood RE: whiner Jun 14, 2009 05:24 AM

            You have the geography now.

            And they are usually eaten over the sink with the fingers next to the cutting board while no one is watching. The oysters NEVER make it to the table at casa jfood.

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              cstr RE: jfood Jun 14, 2009 10:08 AM

              Called a chef's snack!

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                FoodFuser RE: jfood Jun 14, 2009 10:12 PM

                The crafty cook does indeed develop several maneuvers for claiming this cook's prize and ingesting the oysters on the sly.

                In the past these have included:

                - sending the gang to the video store
                - waiting for the goal-line moment in a tied super bowl game
                - wiring a button in a secret place in the kitchen that rings the doorbell

                Triggering the smoke alarm is not effective, as the gang expects YOU to be the one who resets it.

                ANY method is acceptable if the cook really wants those oysters.

                But when I buy leg quarters, I become more benevolent as I prep the 5 pound bag. I reserve some of the oysters (pounded and shredded) for killer gravy, with neck meat and ground gizzards.

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                  jujuthomas RE: jfood Jun 15, 2009 09:12 AM

                  they never do at my house either! :) my favorite chicken part, hands down.

                2. chef chicklet RE: whiner Jun 14, 2009 10:14 AM

                  As everyone else has said, the lower area along the sides of the spine.
                  Glad you asked this, because, usually I remove the spine (for more even grilling or roasting) and I don't know how to save the oysters when cutting away. Or can I?

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                    fourunder RE: chef chicklet Jun 15, 2009 06:38 AM


                    If you look at my post earlier in this thread, there is a link that somewhat shows how to debone a leg & thigh and pinpoints the oyster removal. I'm sure if you search Google or You Tube you can find a better illustration or video to guide you through the process.

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                      chef chicklet RE: fourunder Jun 15, 2009 09:32 AM

                      ah, thank you forunder I missed that, will do!

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                    madkittybadkitty RE: whiner Jun 14, 2009 01:29 PM

                    they are on either side of the lower spine, dark, flavorful, and oyster-shaped.
                    nobody in my family knows they exist... no chicken on my dinner table has the oysters in it.

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                      chef chicklet RE: madkittybadkitty Jun 14, 2009 03:41 PM

                      I know how to get them after they are cooked, just suppose I'll need to look at the raw chicken a little better, and see if I can rescue them.

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                        alkapal RE: chef chicklet Jun 14, 2009 03:59 PM

                        rescue them if you were going to throw them away, for sure.

                        one of the reasons i think they are so succulent is that they are nestled in a little quasi-pocket of the backbone/hip?, and when roasted, they take goodness from being nestled there against the bone.

                    2. chowser RE: whiner Jun 14, 2009 03:19 PM

                      I'm surprised I haven't seen an appetizer or dish made with these. Or, even packages of them, like gizzards. I'm sure they'd be a hit--the best bite.

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                        DeppityDawg RE: chowser Jun 14, 2009 03:59 PM

                        I've seen packages of turkey oysters at the supermarket, and recipes on line. Someone must be hoarding the chicken ones.

                        And there are lots of restaurants called "Le Sot L'y Laisse" in French-speaking countries; I suppose some of them must serve oyster-based dishes.

                        Check out this photo: ten oysters on a skewer!

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                          alkapal RE: DeppityDawg Jun 14, 2009 04:10 PM

                          hmmmm, turkey oysters! i'll ask my butchers. those would be good braised, served with some fresh egg noodles, i'd bet.

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                            thinisnotin RE: DeppityDawg Jun 19, 2009 07:48 AM

                            Sot L'y Laisse is French for Chicken Oyster and roughly translates to "the idiot leaves it" -- meaning it's so good you'd have to be nuts to let it go.

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                          SweetIndulgence RE: whiner Jun 19, 2009 07:07 AM

                          so now i know what those tasty little morsels are called. too bad there are only two to a chicken/turkey.

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                            alkapal RE: SweetIndulgence Jun 19, 2009 07:16 AM

                            oops, now you've given an idea to the mad food scientists ;-).

                            a chicken made entirely of chicken oysters.

                            "datz one fuh-nny lookin' chicken out there!"

                          2. Veggo RE: whiner Jun 19, 2009 07:16 AM

                            They should be the chef's reward, without apologies, subterfuge, or skulduggery.

                            1. FoodFuser RE: whiner Jun 19, 2009 07:52 AM

                              If you're looking to find them on the bird, or on leg quarters, these may help:



                              http://bp2.blogger.com/_ObEm_r9QGqk/R... from essay:


                              Embedded videos of oyster separation during butchering (ctrl f for oyster)

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                                alkapal RE: FoodFuser Jun 19, 2009 09:20 AM

                                i looked on wiki for so long for a diagram. you had to go to the german version, huh? i couldn't understand why nobody had the chicken diagram!

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                                spm RE: whiner Jun 19, 2009 01:15 PM

                                My mother, one of the best, if not THE best chef I have ever encountered said that the back was her favorite part of the chicken because of " those two lovely dollops of goodness".
                                In my house those little pockets tend to go missing quite often.

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                                  JonasOftoronto RE: whiner Nov 6, 2012 06:59 PM

                                  The main reason to get a rotisserie chicken to your kitchen & carefully disjoint the bird hot is to flip over the carcass, lift the skin on the lower back and get those two oysters while they are melting with fresh flavor.

                                  These twin delicacies are two well-nourished muscles that get very little work. Do not feed to pets, toss them out or lose them in the indifferent stock pot. Chicken Oysters are a ritual tradition.

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                                    ricepad RE: whiner Nov 6, 2012 09:18 PM

                                    Anatomically, I believe it's the gluteus.

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