Chicken Hearts: Recipe and Nutrition

What to do with chicken hearts? Eat them! If you’re on paleo diet, you have to try chicken hearts. Here are the highlights of chicken heart nutrition (per 1 cup or 145 grams), followed by a chicken hearts recipe:

  • 38 grams of protein
  • 73% of iron, 176% of B12 and over 20% of other B vitamins
  • 11 grams of total fat, 3 grams saturated
  • 351 mg of cholesterol (exceeds daily limit)
Recipe: Grilled Chicken Hearts

Ingredients

1 lb. (1/2 kg) chicken hearts

Metal or wooden skewers

Grill seasoning

Instructions

Skewer the chicken hears as shown in the picture while you pre-heat your grill (or ribbed iron pan). Sprinkle the chicken hearts on all sides with any kind of chicken grill seasoning or seasoning of your choice. We use a traditional Bulgarian grilling seasoning mix, but any dried seasoning that’s good on grilled chicken would be good on grilled chicken hearts (with the exception of citrus or dried herbs).

Grill until the hearts get crispy. Serve on the skewer. In order to eat them, hold one end of the skewer and slide the chicken heart off with your fork.

TIP: Where can I find chicken hearts? – Not every store will be overflowing (OK, or even sell) chicken hearts depending on where you live. In the Middle East, it’s no problem, but worldwide the availability varies.

– If you frequent a butcher, just ask:)

– Supermarkets that cater to Asian food (like 99 Ranch)

– Know any restaurants that serve them? Ask them where they get them.

 

Cinnamon Stick Kebab

Kebab is the burger and hot dog all-in-one of the Middle East.  It’s made from meat, fish or veggies (type varies based on tradition) mixed with herbs and spices, and then grilled or baked on a stick.  Take any kebab recipe or just make up your own and try something new: cinnamon stick kebab!  The cinnamon stick adds a wonderful flavor and a bit of fun to a classic dish.

Cinnamon Stick Kebab

Doner Kebab TIP: There are more kinds of kebabs than you would ever think.  Each country, region and ethnic groups has its own traditions.  One thing to know, however, is that the doner kebab is much different.  In many places it’s called a shwarama.  If you order a doner kebab, expect sliced up meat, not a stick of meat (pictured below).

Doner Kebab

Kebab TIP: You can put anything on a stick and call it a kebab. In our house, we like to eat a lot of different organ meats. Organ meats are inexpensive, healthy, holistic and ecological. We try to eat all parts of the animals, here is a more “exotic” selection of items we have used on kebab: chicken hearts, chicken liver, chicken kidneys, turkey testicles.

Vegetables are also great, just be sure to coat in a bit of olive oil or fat. Brain, sweetbreads and tripe are not good candidates for kebab! Read more on organ meat here.