People are always asking me for a good chicken heart recipe. Usually reading my blog post about the benefits of eating the meaty morsels. Well, here it is!
One of the best things about chicken hearts is that they are so quick and easy to cook – just marinate them in Indian spices and leave them overnight, then skewer them up and toss them on the barbecue. A couple of minutes on each side and they’ll be charred to perfection.
The heat and fragrance from the spices and aromatics in the marinade stand up to the gamey flavour of the chicken hearts. Fresh coriander and lime juice are the final flourish and cut through the richness of the meat to balance all the wonderful flavours. This recipe is great for a family barbecue. Why not serve up with a side salad and some naan breads?
If you’re wondering where to find affordable spices, I can recommend this:
Ideally marinate the chicken hearts the day before you want to cook them. First fry the onion and garlic in a frying pan on a medium heat with a dash of sunflower oil. Once they are soft, remove from the heat
For the whole spices to be at their best, toast them in a dry pan on a high heat until you start to smell their fragrant aroma, then grind them in a spice grinder or pestle and mortar
Combine the cooked onions and garlic, the ginger, all the spices, the salt, the yoghurt and half the lemon juice in a large bowl. Add the chicken hearts and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for at least four hours or overnight
First job on the day is to wash the chicken hearts. Give them a rinse under the cold tap to wash off any blood
Get the barbecue going, with the coals in one area for high heat direct grilling
Next job is to skewer the hearts. Make sure they are equally spread out so they will cook evenly. Now they are ready for the barbecue
Wait until the coals are glowing white. You want a very high heat to caramelise the outside of the hearts as the inside cooks to pink perfection. I like the smokey flavour charcoal provides but you could also cook them on a gas barbecue or in a very hot pan on the stove
After a couple of minutes on each side, the hearts should be cooked through. Set them aside somewhere warm to rest for a few minutes
Squeeze the rest of the lemon juice and tear the coriander over the skewers and enjoy!
Did you enjoy this recipe? Have you got any other chicken heart recipe ideas? Let me know in the comments below!