Popcorn chicken gizzards

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I’m happy to release the first video from my Gapshida trip, popcorn chicken gizzards! It was filmed in Wellington, New Zealand, at Jamie Frater‘s house. The cameraman is Ryan Sweeney. My blog about the trip is here.

This is not an authentic Korean dish. This recipe was inspired by the fried chicken gizzards served in my favorite izakaya (sake bar) in New York. When I ordered the dish for the first time, I liked it so much I thought I could develop a recipe and share it with my readers.


There are 3 great things about this dish: it’s delicious, made with cheap ingredients, and easy to prepare. Now I can say mine is much more delicious and tender than the version served in my favorite sake bar, because in my version I cut it off the tough muscles. I’ve been using the dipping sauce in this recipe for a long time and everybody loves it when they taste it. You can use it for  vegetables (like cucumber, carrot, or celery) or cooked meat.

Serve this as an appetizer, snack, or party finger food. It will also be a good side dish for beer.

I think vegetarians already have a good idea of what to do with this recipe. : ) I have met so many wise vegetarian readers during my Gapshida trip. They replace meat or seafood in my recipes with mushrooms, tofu, and other vegetables. I would use olives and sweet potato. It will make a delicious vegetarian version.

Enjoy the recipe!


Chicken gizzards, salt, ground black pepper, vegetable oil, starch powder, flour, sweet rice flour, baking soda


For 2 -3 servings
Cooking time:  30 minutes

Prepare 250 grams (½ pound) of chicken gizzards

  1. Separate the gizzards into 2 pieces by cutting out the connecting muscle of each gizzard. Trim the excess fat and muscle on each piece to make a ball the size of an olive.
  2. Wash and drain in a colander.

Make batter:

  1. Mix 4 tbs (¼ cup) starch powder, 3 tbs flour, 1 tbs sweet rice flour, ¼ ts salt, 1 large egg, and a pinch of baking soda in a bowl.
    Tip: The batter will seem a little dry, but when it’s mixed with the wet gizzards and olives it will become perfectly crispyFry:
  1. Add 7 canned whole and pitted olives to the gizzards. Mix in 1 tbs flour.
  2. Put the gizzards and olives into the batter and mix well with a spoon.
  3. Heat the vegetable oil (about 3 cups) to 350 degrees F.
    *tip: Test if the oil is ready by dropping a sample chunk of chicken gizzard into the oil. If the oil bubbles, it’s the right temperature to start frying.
  4. Use 2 spoons to put the gizzards into the hot oil. One spoon to scoop out each coated gizzard ball, and another spoon to push it off the first spoon and into the oil.
  5. Deep fry over medium high heat about for 10 minutes until golden brown and crispy.
  6. Serve hot or at room temperature with the dipping sauce.

Make dipping sauce:

  1. Grind 1 tbs roasted sesame seeds and put into a bowl.
  2. Add 2-3 tbs mayonnaise, juice from half a freshly squeezed lemon1 ts soy sauce, and ½ ts-1 ts honey to your taste.
  3. Mix it well.




  1. VeganLegation Europe joined 6/17
    Posted November 17th, 2017 at 12:50 pm | # |

    Hello maangchi! We used gluten meat seitan instead of chicken gizzard – it was so crispy! We love it :-) We eat it with multigrain rice and spicy potato soup and it was really herbivore and delicious :-)

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted November 20th, 2017 at 10:19 am | # |

      It looks amazing! I’m so curious about the taste, I never tasted seitan. You made it really look like a gizzard! : ) great job! If you didn’t tell me, I would think it was a gizzard! I will share this tip on my upcoming newsletter! http://www.maangchi.com/letter

      • VeganLegation Europe joined 6/17
        Posted November 20th, 2017 at 10:59 am | # |

        Thank you very much for your feedback! We like seitan because it’s so easy creating your recipes without meat and only vegetables are often so boring :-)

  2. marentz Oregon, USA joined 2/16
    Posted February 20th, 2016 at 8:18 pm | # |

    My family loved these, I did chicken hearts and chunks of lean pork I had left over from another project. The batter cooks up crunchy and delicious, I am thinking about making this tonight with chopped yard long beans fried in the same batter. The dipping sauce I made with tahini (which is what I had on hand) was great! My husband particularly loved it. I’ve found several recipes on your site, and I really enjoy your recipies.

  3. larry United States joined 12/14
    Posted December 25th, 2014 at 8:59 am | # |

    I’m making some gizzards today..will give these a try,

  4. Chef Amok Colorado joined 7/14
    Posted July 18th, 2014 at 8:18 am | # |

    Just stumbled upon this recipe, and as a gizzard lover I can’t wait to try it. Would advise gizzard chefs to try first tenderizing the whole chicken gizzard through boiling or pressure cooking. This eliminates the need to trim away the delicious connective tissue, and the resulting gizzards are melt-in-your-mouth tender. Once the gizzards have been properly prepared, they are ready for the breading process, and your “customers” should be very pleased with the results.

  5. Cutemom Indonesia joined 3/13
    Posted February 6th, 2014 at 11:57 am | # |

    I gotta make this batter for clams. Would it be tasty with clam, Maangchi ssi?

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted December 26th, 2014 at 1:00 pm | # |

      yes, you can replace chicken gizzards with clams.

  6. Kulasa Philippines joined 10/13
    Posted October 28th, 2013 at 12:42 pm | # |

    You mentioned ginger in the ingredients. In what part of the recipe should it be used? :)

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted December 26th, 2014 at 1:05 pm | # |

      Thank you for pointing it out. I fixed it! Sorry about the late reply. You are awesome! : )

  7. Zulumom Concord, CA joined 9/13
    Posted September 19th, 2013 at 5:59 pm | # |

    Maangchi, I made this dish today and it was delicious!!! The gizzards came with some chicken hearts and it was my mistake I decided to fry those too…as the hearts pop and you get hot oil everywhere!! Good lesson learned~. The gizzards were so crispy and the dipping sauce was amazing. My husband doesn’t like the gizzards and he ate a lot of those with a beer. I didn’t have any starch at home so I added more sweet rice flour in place of starch, and the batter turned out just fine. Thanks again for this amazing recipe!!!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted September 20th, 2013 at 1:18 pm | # |

      Next time, add starch powder to the batter. It will turn out much more crispy. “My husband doesn’t like the gizzards and he ate a lot of those with a beer.” Awesome! ^^

  8. chef Benedict Manila, Philippines joined 11/11
    Posted January 12th, 2012 at 9:07 am | # |

    maangchi… that dish really rocks! :D because it is a chicken gizzard popcorn… then the sauce is really awesome strong sesame flavor! :D you know what? why don’t you make tempura! :D

  9. eve Germany joined 6/10
    Posted January 8th, 2012 at 8:16 am | # |

    hello maangchi! this is a wonderful recipe. i already cooked it for the second time. it tastes soooo good! i love the texture of chicken gizzards and the taste of the sauce. unfortunately im always so fast to eat everything up that there is no time to make photos ;p


    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted January 8th, 2012 at 10:41 pm | # |

      I’m grad you enjoy this recipe! awesome!

  10. jennykoh Singapore joined 1/10
    Posted December 17th, 2011 at 2:16 am | # |

    Wowww,Looks yummy.Must try this recipe.Jamie…Maangchi tell me about ur cooking passion during Gapshida Singapore.About ur Korean pots n ingredients.U r so amazing…

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted December 17th, 2011 at 11:54 am | # |

      oh Jenny Jenny! : )

    • JamieF New Zealand joined 1/11
      Posted January 8th, 2012 at 8:23 pm | # |

      Hehe thanks Jenny :) I am definitely passionate – it was such an incredible joy to have Maangchi in my home!

  11. JamieF New Zealand joined 1/11
    Posted December 14th, 2011 at 3:02 pm | # |

    The video came out great! What a fun day that was – lots of hard work. I was so amazed at how you just keep working so hard Maangchi – you seem to have an endless supply of energy. Everyone loved the gizzards (and the rest of the food). I will definitely be making these regularly for parties.

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted December 15th, 2011 at 12:18 pm | # |

      : ) Yes, I was so tired on that day but it was fun cooking with you. This is our video because without you, I wouldn’t have been able to film such a fun video.

      I’m happy to see many of my readers enjoy watching my frist Gapshida video.

      I thought I would be able to take a break when I come home, but it doesn’t seem to be the case. So many of Gapshida videos are waiting for me to edit along with my blog reports from the Asian countries I visited.

      Have a good holiday Jamie, and say hello to my Wellington friends!

  12. Maha Jordan joined 12/10
    Posted December 12th, 2011 at 9:25 pm | # |

    Congratulations for your 1st Gapshida video , its very interesting & full of joy. You & Jamie did a Great job :)

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted December 14th, 2011 at 9:33 am | # |

      Maha, thanks a lot for your warm words. Gapshida is done but I’m very busy editing the videos. It was a great experience cooking together with Jamie at his house.

  13. anniegurumi Shanghai, China joined 11/11
    Posted December 12th, 2011 at 8:24 pm | # |

    I love chicken gizzards! Looks delicious! I hope you can do Maangchi Gapshida to SHANGHAI! :) It would be so fun and I would love how to learn to cook Korean food with you!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted December 14th, 2011 at 9:33 am | # |

      Gapshida Shanghai, sure I will keep it in mind.

  14. Tuty joined 5/09
    Posted December 12th, 2011 at 7:10 pm | # |

    Wow, I must try this batter and the possibilities are endless. My hubby loves gizzard too while my kids probably prefer the more traditional chicken thigh meat. The sauce also looks irresistible. Thank you for sharing this special recipe, Maangchi.

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted December 14th, 2011 at 9:32 am | # |

      oh you made this! I’m so happy to hear that all your family enjoyed your cooking! Good food makes happy family!

  15. Mere Marshall New Zealand joined 5/11
    Posted December 12th, 2011 at 5:49 pm | # |

    Tena korua Maangchi Gapshida & Jamie – Love the video – and what a yummy way to utilize chicken gizzards – sauce looks good too. We will put the dish on our party menu too! Oh and you all looked gorgeous! arohanui from Rotorua…………

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted December 14th, 2011 at 9:32 am | # |

      Mere, I didn’t know you like chicken gizzards. I’m glad to hear that you’re including this dish in your next party menu. Let me know how it turns out.

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