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chicken hearts recipe

Chicken Hearts (Chicken Heart Recipe)

Summer Yule
Make the best pan fried chicken hearts recipe! We’re cooking chicken hearts to be tender and flavorful with onions and garlic.
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 280 kcal


  • 8 ounces chicken hearts 227 grams
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces onion 227 grams (about ½-1 onion)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • Cut the peeled onion in half, and then cut it into thin half-moons. Mince the garlic cloves.
  • Put the onions, garlic, and oil in a small ceramic-coated cast iron Dutch oven and cook for 5-10 minutes on the stove over medium-high heat. Stir occasionally. 
  • Turn the heat on the stovetop down to medium. Add the chicken hearts, salt and pepper. Cook for 5-8 minutes more, stirring frequently. 
  • Chicken hearts should reach a minimum safe internal temp of 165°F (74°C). I recommend using a meat thermometer to check for doneness. Add additional cooking time if needed, and enjoy!


This is a level 2 recipe (transition or weight maintenance). Are chicken hearts good for you? Do chicken hearts have iron? Packed with highly bioavailable iron and zinc, and rich in B-complex vitamins, chicken hearts are definitely nutritious.
I often see chicken hearts described as “lean protein,” but that’s not quite true. Chicken hearts are actually much higher in fat than other parts of the chicken, such as skinless chicken breast.
The higher fat content doesn’t mean chicken hearts are bad. It does mean that chicken hearts are higher in calories by weight than leaner options. You get a nice moderate calorie entrée if you choose chicken hearts.
I see two main factors that might prevent you from trying chicken hearts. The first is that they are not readily available in US grocery stores. You may have to do some hunting around to find them (particularly if you want them at a good price).
The second issue is that there may be some cultural squeamishness around eating hearts. If this is the case, I hope you’ll push through and give them a try anyway. You may be surprised and find out you like them!
I think of meals like this as a special delicacy to be savored. Every chicken has only one tiny heart. A meal like this reminds me to be thankful for the many animals who have helped to nourish me and my family.
Nutrition information is for one serving.


Calories: 280kcalCarbohydrates: 12.4gProtein: 18.5gFat: 17.1gSaturated Fat: 4.1gFiber: 2gVitamin A: 0.3% DVVitamin C: 15.6% DVCalcium: 4.5% DVIron: 38% DV
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