Grilled Chicken Hearts with Garlic-Basil Sauce

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close up of grilled chicken hearts on skewer

Just like other organ meats, chicken hearts are densely packed with many hard-to-obtain nutrients. They boast a very high level of coenzyme Q10, a powerful antioxidant that is essential for cardiovascular health. They also contain high amounts of preformed vitamin A (retinol), vitamin B12, folic acid, iron, selenium and zinc.

Don’t be intimidated by preparing them, or the way they taste! This recipe calls for a quick butterfly to expose more of the hearts to the spice mixture, and the flavor is just like tender, dark-meat chicken. Add this recipe to your summer grilling routine for added nutrient density and flavor!

 grilled chicken hearts on skewer with a green sauce on side
Grilled Chicken Hearts with Garlic-Basil Sauce
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Serves: 4 servings
  1. Preheat the grill to high. To make the sauce, combine all of the sauce ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth.
  2. Place the salt, garlic powder, oregano and onion powder in a small bowl and stir to combine.
  3. To prepare the chicken hearts, first rinse them under cold water. Remove any excess fat, then slice them in half lengthwise to butterfly them.
  4. Place the chicken hearts on skewers and pat dry thoroughly. Then sprinkle with the spice mixture and rub the surfaces to coat evenly.
  5. When the grill is hot, cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side. The livers should be cooked all the way through, with no pink showing.
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About Mickey Trescott

Mickey Trescott is a co-founder here at Autoimmune Wellness and a co-teacher of AIP Certified Coach. After recovering from her own struggle with both Celiac and Hashimoto’s disease, adrenal fatigue, and multiple vitamin deficiencies, Mickey started to write about her experience to share with others and help them realize they are not alone in their struggles. She has a Master's degree in Human Nutrition and Functional Nutrition, and is the author of three best-selling books--The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook, and The Nutrient-Dense Kitchen. You can watch her AIP cooking demos by following her on Instagram.


  • Deb says

    Where do you suggest getting chicken hearts in quantity? I’ve asked at Natural Grocers and whole foods, both in Colorado springs, but neither carried them.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Deb! I’ve actually never had a store tell me they can’t order chicken hearts. It is unusual for them to have them in the meat counter (due to lack of folks buying them!), but they can always source them if I ask. Another option would be buying online from a store like US Wellness. Here is their site:

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