per 100 grams
Carbohydrates 0.1 g
Proteins 26.4 g
Fats 7.9 g
Water 64.9 g
Fiber 0 ug
Ash 0.7 grams

Chicken Hearts

185 Calories per 100g

When it comes to meat, chicken is one of the most popular proteins available in many shapes and forms. While chicken breasts, thighs, and wings are likely the most popular cuts of chicken, there are a few other options out there. One example of this is chicken hearts. Believe it or not, chicken hearts can be an incredibly delicious cut of meat. With the proper cooking technique, you can unlock its hearty flavor and find yourself with a pretty tasty meal.

So, what exactly is a chicken heart? A chicken heart is the heart muscle of a chicken—the same organ that pumps blood throughout the body. It’s located in the central cavity of the chicken, near the breast area. It’s considered an offal—or "variety meat”—and is sometimes referred to as giblet meat because it's packaged along with the organs that are also gathered during processing, such as the liver, gizzard, and neck. This full package of organ meats is often called ‘giblets.’

You may be happy to know that chicken hearts are quite easy to find in supermarkets. You can buy them pre-cleaned, frozen in a package which is the most economical option. You can also buy fresh chicken hearts that have already been cleaned and cut into smaller pieces.

When it comes to preparing chicken hearts, they can be treated like any other type of chicken meat. You can fry, bake, grill, or sauté them. Since they’re a small and thin cut of muscle, you don’t need to cook them for very long; about five minutes either side is usually enough. If you’re using a marinade the hearts will absorb the flavors and the result will be more concentrated flavor wise.

If you’re curious about the flavor of chicken hearts, it’s a mild and pleasant taste quite similar to chicken breast. The texture is on the tougher side, but this will depend on how you’re cooking them and how long they’re cooked. Generally, it resembles a mix between a beef stew and lightly cooked chicken. As with most organ meats, there may be an off-flavor if not cooked properly, particularly if cooked in an acidic sauce.

So, why should you choose to eat chicken hearts? Well, while chicken hearts may not be the most appealing thing to some people, they are a great source of lean protein and essential minerals. They contain high amounts of taurine which is important for metabolic and heart health, and they’re low in calories and fat.

Moreover, since chicken hearts are a type of offal, these cuts of meat often get a little overlooked, meaning that they are usually cheaper than traditional cuts. As such, they can be an economical way to add protein to your diet without breaking the bank.

Given its plethora of beneficial aspects, trying out this cut of meat is definitely something worth considering. With just a little bit of effort, you can have a delicious meal in your hands!