This recipe pairs bacon, onions, and fresh sage with sautéed chicken livers to make an easy entrée to serve with sides like orzo or rice.

A plate of orzo topped with sautéed chicken livers, onion, and bacon, garnished with fresh sage leaves.

Chicken livers are a delicious and nutritious alternative to chicken and other proteins and we enjoy serving them from time to time. Many people claim they don’t like liver, but if you employ a few of the tips for cooking chicken livers we shared here, you might just win them over.

Tips for Making Great Tasting Chicken Livers

  • Always trim the livers: Use a pair of cooking shears to trim the livers of all visible bits of fat, sinew, and veins, then cut them into bite-sized pieces.
  • Soak them in milk: Place the livers in a shallow bowl, pour milk over them to cover by 1/2 inch. Stir, cover the bowl, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 12. Soaking chicken livers in milk mellows their flavor, prevents them from developing any bitterness during cooking, and gives them a smooth, rich texture.
  • Pat dry before sautéing: After soaking, transfer the chicken livers to a paper towel-lined plate and pat dry.
  • Preheat the pan: Coat your frying pan (you may want to use non-stick) with a small amount of oil and preheat over medium high heat.
  • Brown over medium-high heat: Add the livers to the hot pan in a single layer, season with a little salt and pepper, and brown them on all sides.
  • Finish over lower heat and don’t overcook: Reduce the heat to medium and continue cooking until the livers are rosy pink on the inside. Be careful not to overcook. Note: This recipe calls for adding a little chicken broth during the last minutes of cooking. These pan juices can be spooned over the livers and a side dish of rice, orzo, or even mashed potatoes.

Shopping Tip: For the best flavor and nutrition, we recommend looking for an organic brand of chicken livers from a source that raises chickens humanely.

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Sauteed Chicken Livers with Onion, Bacon and Sage

Sauteed Chicken Livers Bacon and Sage

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This recipe pairs bacon, onions, and fresh sage with sautéed chicken livers to make an easy entrée to serve with sides like orzo or rice.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken livers
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped (about 3/4 cup)
  • 4 to 5 fresh sage leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Trim the chicken livers of any visible fat and sinew and cut the larger pieces in half. Place in a bowl and add the milk to cover. Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour, up to 12 hours.
  • Drain the livers well, then transfer to a paper towel lined plate and pat dry.
  • In a large skillet, fry the bacon until crisp, remove and blot the excess fat with paper towels. Discard all but one tablespoon of the bacon fat from the pan. Add 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil and heat over medium heat.
  • Add the onion and sage and sauté until golden, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Transfer the mixture to a plate and set aside.
  • Return the pan to the stove over medium-high heat and coat with the remaining tablespoon of oil. Add the chicken livers, season lightly with salt and pepper, and sauté until they're lightly browned on the outside.
  • Reduce the heat to medium, return the bacon mixture to the pan, combine well and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the broth and continue cooking until the livers are rosy pink on the inside, 2 to 3 minutes longer. Take care not to overcook.
  • Serve immediately, spooning the pan juices over each serving.

Tips for Making This Recipe

  • Always trim the livers: Use a pair of cooking shears to trim the livers of all visible bits of fat, sinew, and veins, then cut them into bite-sized pieces.
  • Soak them in milk: Place the livers in a shallow bowl, pour milk over them to cover by 1/2 inch. Stir, cover the bowl, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 12. Soaking chicken livers in milk mellows their flavor, prevents them from developing any bitterness during cooking, and gives them a smooth, rich texture.
  • Pat dry before sautéing: After soaking, transfer the chicken livers to a paper towel-lined plate and pat dry.
  • Preheat the pan: Coat your frying pan (you may want to use non-stick) with a small amount of oil and preheat over medium-high heat.
  • Brown over medium-high heat: Add the livers to the hot pan in a single layer, season with a little salt and pepper, and brown them on all sides.
  • Finish over lower heat and don’t overcook: Reduce the heat to medium and continue cooking until the livers are rosy pink on the inside. Be careful not to overcook. Note: This recipe calls for adding a little chicken broth along with fresh sage in the last minutes of cooking. These pan juices can be spooned over the livers and a side dish of rice, orzo, or even mashed potatoes.
Shopping Tip: For the best flavor and nutrition, we recommend looking for an organic brand of chicken livers from a source that raises chickens humanely.
Calories: 279kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 403mg, Sodium: 205mg, Potassium: 332mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 12569IU, Vitamin C: 22mg, Calcium: 15mg, Iron: 10mg
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