Pan Fried Chicken livers

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Pan fried chicken livers

This simple liver recipe is easy and quick to dish up. Pan fried chicken livers with onion and bacon served with rice and ketchup, what could be more yummy?!

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 favourites 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 where we are, here in Ireland, has been where to buy chicken livers. Locally they have been difficult to source fresh.

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However last week we travelled to Cork and picked some up 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 and easy.

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Chicken livers are also great for homemade pate. When I 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 the meals I like that really is vastly improved with 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).

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

How do you cook chicken livers?

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This quick and easy fried chicken liver recipe is nutritious and tasty. You will never look at liver the same way again.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 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 Ketchup


    1. Cut all the white bits away from the livers and discard.
    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. Make sure you cook the livers properly as undercooked liver can be dangerous. 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).
    5. 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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 542Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 1141mgSodium: 475mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 56g

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

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