Crispy Spiced Chicken Livers

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Before you run away screaming, hear me out. I know, it’s chicken livers. They are crispy and spiced but, still, liver. There are some people who genuinely enjoy them, but I think it’s fair to say the majority of us just are not instant fans.

I know for me, I grew up around liver-loving people. Fried liver and onions, chopped liver, pate – they ate all of it, frequently, and loved it. I tasted and tasted but could just never acquire a taste for liver in any shape or form. Truthfully, it just grossed me out.

As we have gotten more and more into a real foods lifestyle, I can’t keep from hearing how nutrient-dense and amazing pastured chicken liver is for you. After hearing this mantra over and over for a year, I decided I was going to find a way to eat these things occasionally.

I experimented and tried a lot of recipes. I pureed livers into burgers (um, yeah, I don’t advise doing that!), made Pates and even tried my mom’s famous Chopped Liver with a new attitude and open mind. None of it really worked for me.

One day a couple of months ago, I was making my Paleo Oven Fried Chicken for dinner and as I was breading the chicken, it crossed my mind that this crispy, spiced crust might not only work on the chicken livers but make them tasty enough that even I would eat them once a month or so.

After playing around with the spice ratios and trying oven-baking vs. pan-frying, I developed this Crispy Spiced Chicken Livers recipe. I like to serve them hot with a side of Lemon Garlic Two-Ingredient Aioli for dipping.

If you are already a liver lover and haven’t had a crispy, spiced liver, I think you will love them. If you are in my camp and looking for a way to not only eat more livers but also ENJOY them, I am hoping you will at least give them a try!

Crispy Spiced Chicken Livers from www.everydaymaven.comNOTES:

  • I used a combination of almond meal (ground raw almonds with their skins on) and blanched almond flour (finely ground blanched and skinless almonds). You can make your own almond meal if you have raw almonds and a food processor.
  • Bob’s Red Mill sells “Almond Meal/Flour“, which is actually blanched almond flour. They also just released a new product called “Natural Almond Meal/Flour“, which is almond meal. Confusing right?
  • I have reheated these and do they OK but are best when first cooked. I don’t suggest a microwave (the crust will get soggy) but rather a non-stick frying pan or a frying pan over medium heat with a bit of oil or butter in it to heat through and crisp them back up.
  • Some people swear by soaking chicken livers in buttermilk to clean them. I tried that but with coconut milk mixed with apple cider vinegar (aka vegan buttermilk) and I didn’t notice any difference for this dish. It just added an additional step and wasted ingredients.
  • For those of you counting Points Plus, note that you only use about 3/4 cup of the almond flour mixture. Unfortunately, you need the volume there in order to coat the livers so there is some waste. I only counted 3/4 cup when calculating the Points Plus.

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Crispy Spiced Chicken Livers
11 Points Plus Per Serving -- Serves 4 (See Notes for Details on Points Plus Calculation)
Serves: 4
  • 1 pound pastured chicken livers, trimmed and patted dry
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • ½ cup blanched almond flour
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3 Tablespoons virgin coconut oil
  1. Begin by trimming the chicken livers (strings) and cutting them into evenly sized pieces (2 to 3" long). Pat dry with paper towels and set aside in a glass bowl. Beat egg and pour over chicken livers. Gently mix until well distributed.
  2. Combine almond flour, almond meal and spices in a shallow dish that will be used for dredging. use a fork to mix until all spices are incorporated and all lumps are gone from the flour.
  3. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium high heat. Once hot, add 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil (I used 3 Tablespoons total as I divided the 1 pound of chicken livers into 3 batches and used 1 Tablespoon of oil per batch.).
  4. Using your hands, dredge ⅓ of the chicken livers in the flour mixture until well coated and gently place one by one in the frying pan so that they are not crowded.
  5. Cook, undisturbed, for 4 to 5 minutes. Gently flip and cook an additional 3 to 4 minutes on the other side. Try not to keep moving them around so you don't disturb the crust. Remove to a wire rack to cool and continue repeat until all of the livers are cooked.
  6. TIPS: These cooking times are for the size I mentioned (2 to 3" long). If your livers are much larger or very thick, adjust the cooking time accordingly. Enjoy!

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  1. SF_Treat says

    Seems like this has been a popular recipe this week! To anyone who thinks they will take too long to make and will be messy, neither of those assumptions are true. I knocked them out in about ten minutes (and ate them in about two). Also, for those on AIP, I dredged some in just the almond mixtures (no eggs) and you couldn’t tell one type from the other. Just make sure the really press the livers into the mixture. The aioli was excellent, but it does contain eggs.

  2. says

    I made these today, and they are so awesome!! I couldn’t stop eating them. I subbed out 1/2 a cup of tapioca starch for the blanched almond meal, and I fried them in tallow. AMAZING! Thanks for the recipe. :)

  3. Bonnie says

    Could these ever turn out without eggs? We can’t have eggs in our AIP diet, but this sounds wonderful!

  4. Patti Accursi says

    Made these last night as my hubby loves liver of any kind. Me not so much. I had picked up 3 packs of chicken livers recently so decided I needed to find a new recipe for them. I even loved these! So easy! Thanks!

  5. Sherry Ann Allen says

    I love chicken livers! For many years I have gotten them at a tavern. They are crispy and delicious! When I have a chicken liver attack, I go straight to that tavern! I have never made them myself! Your recipe inspired me! I don’t think the tavern chicken livers had cayenne pepper, garlic powder or oregano, but the amounts in your recipe are small enough that they may add a lot of unrecognized flavor without overpowering the goodness of the livers!
    I am going to try it! Stay tuned!

  6. Mark Shyman says

    Great recipe! My chicken livers came out of the pan looking exactly like the illustration with a terrific, spicy flavor, Cajun-like. I intend to try this coating on fish and chicken fillets as well. I believe the recipe would work well with them also. Many thanks!

  7. says

    Made this tonight. I didn’t have almond meal or almond flour so I painstakingly grinder almonds by hand. Even then, I only had 1/2 a cup max so I used seasoned breadcrumbs for the other half. (sorry to butcher your recipe!). Followed the rest of the directions — I don’t like liver but I made these for someone else and I actually really liked these. He liked these so much also.

  8. says

    I’ve been wanting to try liver because it’s so nutritious but I’ve been way too chicken (please excuse the pun)! This recipe for them looks so good that I think I’m ready to give it a try :)

    • EverydayMaven says

      Not sure why it disappeared! Yes, I think that would work really well. Use the AP flour in place of the almond flour and the Panko in place of the almond meal. Let me know how it turns out :)

  9. says

    You know, I always said I didn’t like liver but last year realized that I really hadn’t ever tried it…just assumed I wouldn’t like it. I made homemade liver pate and we devoured it. Who knew? So I know for sure we’d gobble up crispy chicken livers. This is inspired, Alyssa!
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    • EverydayMaven says

      Thanks Hannah! It really does seem to be either love / hate. I have a hard time with the texture of pate but can see how people love it!

  10. Jayne Adler says

    I love chicken livers, fried crispy like that is even better. when I was a kid, my dad used to make chicken liver dumplings and then fried them in bacon grease. and chicken liver dumpling soup. yum.

  11. says

    I LOVE chicken livers. My grandma used to make them for me with this same method (AP flour instead of almond meal) and I could eat the whole platter by myself if she didn’t stop me.
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