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Where can I order chicken oysters online?

Reading through Ipsedixit's post about the "Pope's Nose" (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/912664) made me remember how much I love chicken oysters. I would like to purchase them, but Googling brought me recipes but no sources. Buying 8 chicken legs and removing them myself is not an option; I live alone and this would fill my freezer with enough chicken for a year. Anybody have any idea how to go about obtaining about a pound of these tasty little morsels online?

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  1. I don't know about online sources, but I buy chicken backs to make stock for next to nothing at Asian or Hispanic markets. They always have the oysters attached. I remove them before making the stock.

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    1. re: phofiend

      Thanks, everyone. I see your point about them just not tasting the same en masse, so to speak. Maybe some things should just be savored for the rare treat they are.

    2. I wouldn't think that roasting a pound of chicken oysters all by themselves will give you the same flavor you remember from the whole bird with it roasting and automatically basting with the all those drippings. But what do I know:-)

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      1. re: miss_belle

        it doesn't -- you can buy oysters by themselves in France (where they're called "sot-ly-laisse" -- the part the fool leaves) and no, they just aren't the same.

      2. Whenever I see a reference to chicken oysters, I think of Mike Isabella stealing the idea from Richard Blais to serve chicken oysters on real oyster shells.

        1. Well, here we are almost a year later and I am Googling "Buy chicken oysters" and ended up here. Here's my big 'DUH' moment: buy 8 chicken legs! I was thinking I would have to buy 4 whole chickens! That I can do! Thanks to the original poster

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          1. re: tomsaaristo

            You won't find oysters attached to chicken legs.

            Leg *quarters* maybe, but not the legs.

            1. re: sunshine842

              Thank you. I misspoke and didn't mean what I said. I know the oyster is above the thigh and that I would have to buy leg quarters. I hope I didn't mislead or confuse anyone

              1. re: tomsaaristo

                I don't buy chicken parts, I break the birds down myself, BUT all the supermarkets in this area sell chicken thighs. You don't need to buy the leg quarter in order to just get the thighs and the attached oysters

                1. re: bagelman01

                  Most of the chicken thighs available in my area do not have the backbone attached, so there is no oyster on the thigh.

                  1. re: John E.

                    Guess it depends on brand/supplier/area.
                    I looked at Fierdale Farms (from Georgia, but sold in CT IGA stores when I was shopping today and the backbone and oyster was there.

          2. Oysters attached to the back,not the thigh.

            1. Aren't they, in fact, chicken kidneys?

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              1. re: OCEllen

                absolutely not. They are a small muscle located along the backbone, just above the hip joint. They're on the outside of the skeleton, not the inside. About the size of a small walnut in an average-sized bird.

                1. re: OCEllen

                  As sunshine said, they are different. But since you mentioned them, I'd like to say that I like the kidneys nearly as much as the oysters. Just two nice bonuses when you get a thigh (with the back attached), itself already the best (major) part of the chicken.