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Chicken giblet, here the gizzard, liver and heart wrapped in intestine, shown in a gulai (Nusantara-style curry) in Minangkabau cuisine, Indonesia

Giblets /ˈɪblɪts/ is a culinary term for the edible offal of a fowl, typically including the heart, gizzard, liver, and other visceral organs.[1]

A whole bird from a butcher is often packaged with the giblets, sometimes sealed in a bag in the body cavity. The neck is often included with the giblets, as in the West it is usually separated from the body during butchering.

There are a number of recipes that use giblets. If a bird is to be stuffed, the giblets are traditionally chopped and added to the stuffing; however, the USDA recommends cooking giblets separately from the rest of the bird.[2] If not, they can be used for other purposes, such as giblet pie or, a Southern U.S. favorite, giblet gravy. With the exception of giblet gravy, the liver is not usually included in these recipes, as its strong flavor tends to overpower other ingredients. It may be used in liver-specific recipes, such as pâté or yakitori. Giblets can also be used to make alicot, a French stew.

In Turkish cuisine, iç pilav is a traditional pilaf dish, made with rice, chicken liver, nuts, and spices.[3] Jerusalem mixed grill is an Israeli delicacy made with giblets, usually eaten with pita bread.

In Chinese, it is called 鸡胗 (jī zhēn) or 鸡内金 (jī nèi jīn), and is usually eaten by stir-frying with vinegar.

In Gorkha cuisine, giblets are cooked with chili pepper and tomato and relished as a side dish or appetizer known as karchi marchi.

Most poultry, especially those sold in supermarkets, is not sold with the giblets included. Giblets can be bought separately from a butcher, but the demand for human consumption is low in most Western countries, so they are more often sold to pet food manufacturers.


  1. ^ "giblet" at
  2. ^ USDA Cooking and Food Handling (Cooking Frozen Foods) Archived 2008-12-21 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Republic Of Turkey Ministry Of Culture and Tourism".

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