I was trying to separate the bone and chicken meat to make soup when all of a sudden I see these tiny kidney bean things.literally the same size and everything but it was inside the chicken. Which is a rotisserie style chicken from the store. What are they. I cut into them no weird stuff and im sure they are too small to be the chickens actual kidney. This chicken was way too bigenter image description here

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    As an aside: this meat has not been cooked through - note the red or glassy looking parts. All the meat should be white; eating this may cause a serious stommach infection.
    – j4nd3r53n
    Commented Nov 12, 2019 at 9:49
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    @j4nd3r53n Incorrect. Color is not a good indicator of doneness, especially for dark meat and near the bone. Several things can cause this, including the presence of non-denatured myoglobin, naturally occurring nitrites, reaction of hemoglobin with heated gases, etc. (fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/food-safety-education/…)
    – Bloodgain
    Commented Nov 12, 2019 at 21:17
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    @j4nd3r53n I will also note the presence of gelatin (upper left) indicates that if anything, this chicken was possibly overcooked, as collagen melts faster at higher temperatures.
    – Bloodgain
    Commented Nov 12, 2019 at 21:23
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    Granted I clicked on this question after reading the title ...a part of me wishes the picture was put in a "spoiler" tag so I had to click it...
    – BruceWayne
    Commented Nov 13, 2019 at 2:48

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Your chicken was a rooster and what you found are his testicles. If you are not queasy, this forum entry gives you a picture and some more anatomical details.

While animal testicles are typically edible and often a speciality/delicacy, many westerners are not necessarily familiar with them, especially in animals as comparatively small as roosters. Asian (e.g. Chinese) cuisine knows various dishes based on chicken testicles, and there‘s also a Hungarian dish that’s basically a stew/goulash.

On the other hand, they have confused unwitting consumers as readily reported by the kind of media that favors sensationalism.

So don’t worry, you can simply eat them, if you want. Or get inspired by Heston Blumenthal’s Regency recipe for his Fairytale Feast.

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    Thank you lol...and hey I am Hungarian sOoooooo..but I really appreciate your answer because my worst fear of eating a parasite was not fun. Commented Nov 11, 2019 at 10:31
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    Yeah, that's what I thought, +1 :) Commented Nov 11, 2019 at 16:45
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    In the US at least, those are normally not seen but given that most commercial chickens are only 6-8 weeks old and not mature, they are fairly small and sometimes missed.
    – dlb
    Commented Nov 12, 2019 at 2:43
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    From the Metro article: "we completely accept that we dropped a ball here" hehe Commented Nov 13, 2019 at 20:03

Those are testicles. Your chicken was not a rooster (as another answer declares), it was a cockerel -- and immature rooster. If it had been a rooster those testicles would have been quite large.

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