白椒炒鸡杂 White Pepper and Chicken Bits Stir Fry
Pinyin: bái jiāo chǎo jī zá
Chicken gizzards and giblets are something I only rarely heard around the kitchen when i was growing up. We would buy whole frozen chickens and sometimes pieces would be stuffed inside the chicken. Typically there was a heart, a neck, a liver, and the giblet. These items would be removed from the chicken’s chest cavity and promptly thrown in the trash. Only years later did I discover that the gizzard/giblet is the second stomach found in all birds and a variety of other animals and insects.
As it turns out giblets, chicken hearts and liver can be mixed with green and red peppers, scallions and a few other things along with a selection of spices to create a very tasty dish. White pepper is used in great quantities in this dish to spice things up. At first I was a little hesitant to try such a bizarre mix of innards, but after a few cautious nibbles I found myself digging in. Sometimes it really does pay to experiment a bit.