Sunday, November 16, 2014

What are Chicken Oysters and How Do You Find them?

Chicken Oysters, which are also sometimes known as the 'Chef's Reward' when cooking with chicken, are arguably the best part of the chicken because the oyster is soft, tender, moist, and very flavorful. They are small, dark, and oyster-shaped pieces of meat - which explains why the part named after oysters. 

If you want to know where to find chicken oysters, they lie on the either side of the chicken near the thigh or backbone area. Now, I think it's better to show you where to find them because it's difficult to tell you exactly where it is by just writing about it. So if you want to know where to find the oysters, then fast-forward to 1:15 on the video above and I won't be surprised if you'll be volunteering to carve out roasted chicken anytime soon! Here it is for those of you who are too timid to watch the video.

If you want to know how to carve out the chicken oyster when handling raw chicken, I suggest you read this post from The Paupered Chef. He shows you how to properly carve out the oyster so that it's not put to waste.

These yummy parts are largely unknown to the ignorant majority of the eating public, and chefs from around the world probably want to keep it that way (so that they can continue eating it before anybody else gets a taste). Chicken oysters truly are rare and delicious gems of the humble chicken. 

Haven't started cooking with chicken oysters yet? Why don't you try out this chicken oyster salad recipe from BBC Good Food. 

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