Oyster (fowl)

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Position of the oysters in a chicken
Chicken oysters prepared in sesame oil
Chicken Oysters

Oysters are two small, round pieces of dark meat on the back of poultry near the thigh,[1] in the hollow on the dorsal side of the ilium bone.

In French, this part of the bird is called sot-l'y-laisse which translates, roughly, to "the fool leaves it there",[2] as unskilled carvers sometimes accidentally leave it on the skeleton. In French, the term has been democratized by its musicality for its variations around s and l, French pronunciation: [so.li.lɛs] (About this soundlisten).


  1. ^ "How to Carve Chicken and Turkey". Cooks.com. Retrieved May 20, 2010.
  2. ^ "Only a Fool Would Leave Them," Bitten, Mark Bittman, New York Times, April 27, 2009