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Jun 20, 2014 10:10 PM

necessary to remove chicken giblets?

Planning to bbq a whole chicken this wknd, and virtually every recipe says to remove the giblets. Why is this? I love the giblets - they're one of my favourite parts!

I found this article, but it doesn't really provide any insight:

Does anyone know the downsides of cooking the chicken with the giblets inside? I've always done it this way and as far as I can tell there were no problems.

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  1. some just don't like 'em and assume nobody else will either (fools), some prefer to use them in gravy. do as you like as long as the bag isn't plastic.

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    1. re: hill food

      thanks, what bag are you referring to? The giblets are in the chicken.

      1. re: spacediver

        sometimes the giblets are inside the cavity wrapped in plastic bags.

    2. Giblets are a mix of densities and textures that tend to fare better when cooked outside the chicken, IMO.

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      1. re: DuchessNukem

        I see - so the risk is that they'll be over done if cooked inside the chicken?

        1. re: spacediver

          I'd consider that the liver might become fragile and fall apart, rather than maintain a smooth, buttery/fatty texture; the crop and heart could become tough and chewy.

          If you're enjoying cooking them this way already, then maybe there's no issue for you. Have you tried them cooked any other way?

          The "bag" hill food mentions is often paper, sometimes plastic, and contains the innards and is stuffed into the bird in many US chickens. One is supposed to remove it before cooking and use the organs as desired (many just toss the goodies).

          1. re: DuchessNukem

            thanks Duchess - yeah, I'm so used to the 'sanitized' poultry what with the bags and no heads or feet, I sort of forget when I get an intact one.

            I too would cook them separate just cause I like them 'just so'

            1. re: DuchessNukem

              thanks for the great reply. As far as I can tell, the giblets in all the chickens I've bought are attached to the chicken the same way that all the other parts are - i.e. as part of an intact bird as hill food mentions.

              Gonna try leaving them in and seeing what happens - will report back either way :)

              1. re: spacediver

                leave them in this time, next time skewer them and cook to the side as this isn't your last meal after all (or IS it?) time after that saute in a pan with butter and white wine.

                I'm just happy to see somebody else who doesn't just toss those jumbly bits.

                1. re: spacediver

                  If the giblets are still attached, you need to follow these instructions:


          2. I 'beer can' my bird on my Green Egg, so no room in the cavity for the offal. However, I chop the innards up, add six oysters, a cup of fresh sourdough, a handful of fresh herbs, sea salt, ground Tellicherry and lots of cultured butter and put all this in foil as I cook the bird. Yum!

            1. ahh! we got moved over to Home Cooking, I was waiting. it feels better here.

              TorontoT - I may have to play with that soon.

              1. Doesn't the presence of the giblets affect the taste of the breast and thigh meat? Not a giblet lover here, so I don't mean that in a good way.