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Sundancer7
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Chicken Oysters - Wed, 06/28/06 12:58 PM
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I had never heard chicken oysters until today when it appeared in the Knoxville Paper. Apparently it is a part of the chicken that is tender and delicious. I googled it found this. I am sure that many of you are already aware of this morsel.

http://www.shns.com/shns/g_index2.cfm?action=detail&pk=ASKFOOD-06-26-06

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN

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RE: Chicken Oysters - Wed, 06/28/06 1:03 PM
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Originally posted by Sundancer7

I had never heard chicken oysters until today when it appeared in the Knoxville Paper. Apparently it is a part of the chicken that is tender and delicious. I googled it found this. I am sure that many of you are already aware of this morsel.

http://www.shns.com/shns/g_index2.cfm?action=detail&pk=ASKFOOD-06-26-06

Paul E. Smith
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When I saw "chicken oyster," I thought of the tenderloin on the back of the chicken. It's the tastiest moistest piece of dark meat on the bird. . .any bird. If I had a muscle diagram or really thought about it I could tell ya fer sure, but I suspect it is the muscle used for anchoring the wing and flight.

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RE: Chicken Oysters - Wed, 06/28/06 1:16 PM
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Well excuse me....when I saw chicken oyster, I naturally thought of a prarie oyster...........and how much of a quantity you'd need for a meal. And those poor little roosters......with their castrato "cock-a-doodle-doo".......


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RE: Chicken Oysters - Wed, 06/28/06 1:22 PM
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a chicken has 2 oysters on the backbone closest to the thighs. they're kind of shaped like an oyster and like fish cheeks, the best meat on the animal.

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RE: Chicken Oysters - Wed, 06/28/06 1:40 PM
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This sounds like one of those old country stories you tell the kid who gets stuck with the back that has only two bites of meat on it, "Oh Honey, that's the chicken oysters, that's the best part!" Reminds me of a Chinese friend who insisted that the Chinese always say the most disgusting part of something is lucky, "oh! you got gall bladder! is such good luck!"

Ed, I might be interested in seeing a flock of Capons singing Italian opera.

Xannie, fish cheeks are close to their thighs??? Which cheeks are those?

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RE: Chicken Oysters - Wed, 06/28/06 1:43 PM
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LOL, ashphalt..my syntax reeks.

i just meant that fish cheeks are considered the best part of the fish.
the way chicken oysters are considered the best part of the chicken.
THIS is why i will never be a writer.

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RE: Chicken Oysters - Wed, 06/28/06 2:18 PM
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I had never heard of the oyster in a chicken until my bride taught me about those delicious little morsels tucked into pockets in the spine toward the tail.

I grew up in a family that raised their own chickens and ducks, so we ate them a couple times a week in the 30s and 40s - and I'd never heard of the oyster.

So once, after I was married and had been educated in one of the finer points of eating chicken, I asked my mother about the oyster. She seemed a bit embarassed and sheepishly owned up to always having eaten the oysters herself as she cut up the roast chicken in the kitchen. She went on to say that my grandmother always did the same , "the oyster belongs to the cook", she claimed.

BTW: A quick review of a number of our cookbooks fails to turn up any mention of
this little tidbit - it must be a closely held secret...

Cheers, John

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RE: Chicken Oysters - Wed, 06/28/06 3:19 PM
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The oyster is also the best part of a roast turkey. I vividly remember going from table to table after a Thanksgiving dinner that our church put on (each table had a roast turkey) and splitting the oysters with the preacher...

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RE: Chicken Oysters - Wed, 06/28/06 3:27 PM
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Pogo, I had never heard of chicken oysters but when I saw your post about the turkey's, that makes perfect sense to me. I found another article that relates to the turkeys.

http://www.metroactive.com/bohemian/11.23.05/kitchen-0547.html

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RE: Chicken Oysters - Wed, 06/28/06 3:27 PM
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Originally posted by Sundancer7

I had never heard chicken oysters until today when it appeared in the Knoxville Paper. Apparently it is a part of the chicken that is tender and delicious. I googled it found this. I am sure that many of you are already aware of this morsel.

http://www.shns.com/shns/g_index2.cfm?action=detail&pk=ASKFOOD-06-26-06

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN

Also known as the "pulley bone" correct Mr. Sundancer??? If not, I shall study my chickens more in depth!

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RE: Chicken Oysters - Wed, 06/28/06 5:09 PM
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Sorry but in my interpertation, the oyster of the chicken or turkey is not the pulley bone. It is a very small morsel of flesh about the size of a oyster located in the area that is described by the link.

Paul E. Smith
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RE: Chicken Oysters - Wed, 06/28/06 5:30 PM
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Nice and sweet, love those little morsels. There is also a part called the Popes nose. Chow Jim

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RE: Chicken Oysters - Wed, 06/28/06 5:37 PM
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Popes nose?????

Please enlightened us.

Thanks

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RE: Chicken Oysters - Wed, 06/28/06 6:21 PM
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"So once, after I was married and had been educated in one of the finer points of eating chicken, I asked my mother about the oyster. She seemed a bit embarassed and sheepishly owned up to always having eaten the oysters herself as she cut up the roast chicken in the kitchen. She went on to say that my grandmother always did the same , "the oyster belongs to the cook", she claimed"

I too believe the oyster belongs to the cook. I first heard of the oyster while watching the great "Julia" on one of her earlier shows & I think of her everytime I pluck it from the carcass!!

Sundancer

The popes nose is that part that goes over the fence last! Remember, until recently the popes were always Italian, & not meaning to make any generalizations but many an Italian sports a Roamen nose. (the tail does resemble this)

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RE: Chicken Oysters - Wed, 06/28/06 6:52 PM
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In my Irish Catholic family no one ever mentioned the "Pope's nose" - that's another bit of chicken lore I had to learn from my Anglican bride.

Cheers, John

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RE: Chicken Oysters - Wed, 06/28/06 11:19 PM
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Mr. Sundance, thanks for this thread. I never knew about these little morsels.

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RE: Chicken Oysters - Thu, 06/29/06 12:58 AM
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Pope's nose, parson's nose, or as my Grandfather said at EVERY meal that included a whole bird, "Give me the part that went over the fence last".

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RE: Chicken Oysters - Thu, 06/29/06 5:36 AM
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Enginecapt got it right. Popes nose the part that went over the fence last. Not as tastey as the oyster though. Chow Jim

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RE: Chicken Oysters - Thu, 06/29/06 9:05 AM
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the part that went over the fence last is my mother's and my favorite part of any bird...sometimes.....but on a rare occasion around Thanksgiving..you can get a package of turkey ones...and we roast them up ..with just a tad of salt and pepper...and pig out...or even grill them...so juicy..so bad for you...but oooooohhhh sooooo good...

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RE: Chicken Oysters - Fri, 06/30/06 6:30 PM
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In French it's called the "sot l'y laisse" in other words, only a fool would leave it. It is indeed a delictable morsel.

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RE: Chicken Oysters - Mon, 07/3/06 7:56 PM
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Originally posted by Sundancer7

I had never heard chicken oysters until today when it appeared in the Knoxville Paper. Apparently it is a part of the chicken that is tender and delicious. I googled it found this. I am sure that many of you are already aware of this morsel.

http://www.shns.com/shns/g_index2.cfm?action=detail&pk=ASKFOOD-06-26-06

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN

I have always wondered what those were... Now I know.
I always would see them when I would pull the chicken apart....
Thanks, Paul!

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RE: Chicken Oysters - Fri, 07/7/06 9:13 AM
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Sundancer, I'll pass.

Pat in TX

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RE: Chicken Oysters - Fri, 07/7/06 3:21 PM
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I always considered them a cook's treat. When we slaughter a bunch of chickens we take the oysters and make a wonderful chicken salad w/ just thr oysters.

The Pope's nose contains a gland which can give an off taste. I feed it to the cats.

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RE: Chicken Oysters - Fri, 07/7/06 3:28 PM
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I'm always called upon to do the turkey carving at large family gatherings due to my knife skills. The best reward: I get the oysters, which I always eat while carving.

Apparently, human beings also have these oysters, at least according to Thomas Harris. Hannibal Lechter ereally njoyed them.

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RE: Chicken Oysters - Fri, 07/7/06 4:00 PM
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My late dad showed me this special treat when I was about 12, and then took great offense when I christened them "the armpits"! Nothing I could say would convince him that I was only referring to the shape of the rounded space against the backbone that the oysters come out of.

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RE: Chicken Oysters - Fri, 07/7/06 6:05 PM
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Originally posted by grannyhoff

Sundancer, I'll pass.

Pat in TX


NO NO! Don't pass! This is just a very tiny piece of meat located on the backbone of the chicken, right next to where the thigh is connected, maybe a teaspoon of meat at best and it's delicious.

I don't eat the Pope's Nose (tail)...all fat and we know what the chicken was doing with that part of the body.......

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RE: Chicken Oysters - Tue, 10/9/07 1:31 PM
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Learned something new about the chicken oyster: I was in France earlier this year with 2 fellow culinary students; we made a deal to sample each other's food whenever we went out to eat. On our last night, at a brasserie, I had the veal (fully cooked), one guy had the pork (cooked medium - delicious), and the other guy had the chicken oysters (cooked about as much as I like my tuna - barely seared). The others assured me that, since it was chicken oyster, we were not in danger of salmonella poisoning! I have been cooking for years, but never knew this.

By the way, after we returned home, my husband ate at his favorite wings place and managed to get salmonella poisoning. The irony was epic.

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RE: Chicken Oysters - Tue, 10/9/07 1:40 PM
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FYI. Very delicous part of the chicken

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicken_oyster

Paul E. Smith
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