Pan Fried Chicken Livers

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This pan fried chicken livers recipe is so easy to make and ready in little time. Fried chicken livers are very tasty and I like to cook them often as a quick meal solution.

fried chicken livers with garlic and wine

The recipe is simple to make and very nutritious. Next to a delicious portion of mashed potatoes or rice, they really make a delicious meal.

Serve it with a healthy salad and you’re all set for a quick dinner. So, let’s see how to make this fried chicken livers and enjoy eating chicken livers more often.


🧄 Ingredients

Well, we only need chicken livers as this is a simple recipe.

Apart from that, some cooking oil for frying, some garlic for the aroma and salt and pepper for seasoning. Could it be more simple?…


🍋 How To Make Fried Chicken Livers

1. Prep the livers

If you don’t like livers that much because you think they have a metallic taste, soak them in milk or cold water for about 1 hour before cooking to release the blood more effectively.

This is optional.

Rinse them well in lots of running water, let them dry in a colander or pat them dry with paper towels.

Cut out and green parts if existent, carefully. You can separate the lobs if you want, but I like to cook them whole.

2. Saute the garlic

Pour some vegetable cooking oil in a large pan on medium low heat. Peel the garlic cloves, slice half of them and saute until golden.

pan fried chicken livers recipe
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3. Add the liver

Add the chicken livers and let them fry slowly, covering the pan. After 6-7 minutes, turn them over to cook on all sides.

Cover again and let them cook trough. Chicken livers cook fast, so after 15-20 minutes they should be done.

Do nor over cook them because they will harden and lose their tastiness. They should remain moist to be enjoyed.

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how to make pan fried chicken livers recipe

4. Season

3-4 minutes before turning off the heat, season with salt and black pepper.

Add the remaining sliced / crushed garlic cloves and let them cook together for a few minutes.

That’s it!

To variate, sometimes I now add a splash of white wine and let it reduce / evaporate to give them a more delicious flavor.

image of fried chicken livers in a pan


🍴 Serve With Your Favorites Side Dish

They are ready to be served with your favorite side dish – I like mashed potatoes, cooked rice or veggies.

Sometimes I like to drizzle some lemon juice over them to enhance their taste. Try it and see if you like it.

Also, they are insanely good next to any fresh salad or try my incredibly tasty roasted peppers salad you see in the photo below.

Romanian roasted peppers salad


👉 Why you should make this fried chicken liver recipe:

  • It’s easy and nutritious. They are full of iron and good for your health.
  • Serve them with your side dish of choice to variate.
  • If you’re on a diet eat them as they are with a fresh green salad.


pan fried chicken livers

If you’re not counting your calories use a little more oil, lots of garlic and a splash of white wine towards the end.

You’ll have more delicious, full flavor sauce to drizzle over those livers.


Are chicken livers good for you?

Yes, chicken livers are very nutritious. They’re a good source of proteins and packed with minerals like iron, cooper, A and B vitamins.

How do you know when chicken livers are done?

When the heat inside the liver reaches 165F, or they stop releasing water and the juice runs clear.

How do I make my liver taste good?

Some people don’t like eating liver because its slightly bitter taste. Soak the liver in milk for 1 hour before cooking.

That will take away some of the bitterness and metallic taste that comes from iron.

Use different herbs and flavors like lemon, garlic, onion or white wine to enhance their taste. Yum!

Should chicken livers be rinsed before frying?

Yes, they should be prepared correctly before cooking. Soak them in milk or in cold water for 1 hour (optional).

Rinse them in running water, let them drain or pat them dry and remove any connective tissues and green parts.

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Pan Fried Chicken Livers

Pan fried chicken livers are very tasty. Next to a portion of mashed potatoes they make a quick & easy nutritious meal.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: International
Keyword: chicken, chicken livers, easy, fried, quick
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people


  • 1,7 lbs (800g) chicken livers
  • 10-12 garlic cloves
  • 4-5 tbs cooking oil
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • lemon juice (optional)
  • white wine (optional)


  • Peel the garlic cloves and saute half of them in a large (non-stick) pan until gets a little color. Add the chicken livers and fry them on medium low heat, turning them over to cook on all sides for a few minutes.
    Cover and let them cook through, lowering the heat a little bit. Stir from time to time for approx. 15 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Add the remaining crushed garlic cloves. Optional, to variate - sprinkle with some white wine and let the alcohol evaporate for a few minutes. Or lemon juice if you prefer.
  • Turn off the heat and serve them with a fresh salad, or with your favorite side dish. My favorite is mashed potatoes with lots of butter and cheese.


This dish is best to served right away. It loses its taste as a leftover.
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