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Pan Fried Chicken livers

Pan Fried Chicken livers

Pan fried chicken livers

This is a recipe for pan-fried chicken livers with onion and bacon served with white rice and tomato ketchup.

What could be more delicious?!! This simple liver recipe is easy and quick to dish up. 

Chicken livers are a good source of iron and B12 and vitamin A, making them good for anaemia and eye health.

But be aware, you should always make sure they are properly cooked.

pan fried chicken livers
Pan Fried Chicken livers

One of my favourite recipes as a kid

This is a meal I remember from being a child, which was one of my own favourites. My mum would make this on school nights and I would devour it (as I still do).

My problem, here in Ireland, has been where to buy chicken livers. Locally they have been quite difficult to source fresh, as they are not commonly available in the local supermarkets.

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Some Quality Chicken livers from Kelly’s

I have now discovered I can buy them in my local butcher, but only in frozen form. This works great, as I only have to defrost them before cooking. And I have found the quality of these livers is outstanding, and the fact that they have been frozen does not detract from the taste.

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The advantages of eating chicken livers

Chicken livers are a delicious and nutritious food that offer a wide range of health benefits. Here are just a few of the advantages of eating chicken livers:

  1. Rich in Nutrients: Chicken livers are a great source of protein, vitamin A, iron, and other essential nutrients that are important for overall health. These nutrients can help support healthy eyesight, immune function, and cognitive function, among other benefits.
  2. Affordable: Chicken livers are a relatively inexpensive source of protein compared to other meats, making them an affordable option for individuals and families on a budget.
  3. Versatile: Chicken livers can be prepared in a variety of ways, from sautéed to grilled to fried, making them a versatile ingredient that can be incorporated into a range of dishes.
  4. Sustainable: Choosing to eat chicken livers can be a more sustainable choice than consuming other meats, as it can help reduce waste by using parts of the animal that may otherwise go unused.
  5. Delicious: Perhaps most importantly, chicken livers are simply delicious! They have a rich, savoury flavour that is satisfying and satisfying to eat, making them a great addition to any meal.
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Chicken livers in the skillet
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In conclusion, chicken livers are a nutritious, affordable, versatile, sustainable, and delicious food that offer a wide range of health benefits. So next time you’re looking for a tasty and nutritious protein source, consider adding chicken livers to your menu!

Quick and easy

When I made this dish for the first photos we had just travelled to Cork and picked up some chicken livers in the English Market. Wow, what a place! They had everything there.

I whipped up this dish in about 20 minutes when we got home. Cheap, quick and easy.

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Chicken livers are also great for homemade pâté. When I next get my hands on some more I will make a batch.

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The combination of the strong taste of the liver, the saltiness of the bacon and the delicious onions is just perfection. But I must admit, it is one of those meals that really is vastly improved with some Heinz tomato ketchup.

We, of course, go out of our way to buy Heinz, as we love it, so that is what we use (we have no affiliation, though I wish we did!).

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This meal is great for kids (well, I loved it as a kid) but perhaps that’s because the ketchup and bacon is there?!

I used to love it anyway, I hope you do too. If your kids are fussy (like mine) and do not like onions, just leave the onions out.

It is all about the fried liver anyway.

I hope you enjoy trying this recipe. If you do, please let me know how you get on in the comments section below!

How do you cook pan-fried chicken livers?

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Pan Fried Chicken livers

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This quick and easy fried chicken liver recipe is nutritious and tasty. A great way to eat livers.


  • 600g chicken livers
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 brown onion, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion chopped
  • 4 rashes streaky bacon
  • Basmati rice
  • Heinz Tomato Ketchup


    1. Cut all the white bits away from the livers and discard them.
    2. Cook the rice (in whichever way you are used to doing it. I use my rice cooker in the microwave)
    3. Fry the bacon and onions until the bacon is crisp and the onion has browned. Set aside on a plate.
    4. At the same time fry the chicken livers, turning regularly. I do this in a Wok or skillet. Make sure you cook the livers properly as undercooked liver can be dangerous.
    5. Cook until they are fully cooked through – you can test by cutting a piece in two and checking inside – it should not be pink. I normally take 10-15 minutes to cook this amount of liver properly (I would rather overcook these livers than undercook).
    6. When the liver is cooked add the onion and bacon to the pan and cook for a further minute or so.


Serve the chicken livers with white rice and some Heinz Ketchup.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 406Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 856mgSodium: 348mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 42g

This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.

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If you liked this chicken liver and onions recipe maybe you will also like this one:
Liver and Onions with Gravy
Brandied Chicken Liver Pâté

and these are also great ones for the kids:

Pan Fried Chicken Breast
Pan Fried Potatoes and Onions
Buttermilk Chicken Tenders
Healthy Chicken Fajitas
Sweet and Sour Chicken Balls

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