Chicken Livers are a great source of high protein, iron, and certain vitamins. You can have this lovely meal just like it is, just a few can go a long way.

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Traditional Chicken Livers

Traditional South African Chicken Livers
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner, Main, Main meal
Cuisine South African
Servings 4 servings
Calories 513 kcal


  • 500 grams chicken liver
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 100 gram butter
  • 2 medium onions
  • 3 tbsp Marjoram
  • 2 tsp black pepper crushed
  • 1 tomato
  • 5 bacon finely sliced (for smoky taste)
  • glass white wine
  • pinch of salt


  • Wash the chicken livers, get rid of the fat if it has, and cut them in half.
  • Pat dry with kitchen paper. Cut half the onions and slice them.
  • Slice the bacon finely.
  • Take a big frying pan, heat the oil and butter put the sliced bacons, and fry until it is golden.
  • Then you can add the sliced onions and stir fry for another few mins until gets tender.
  • You can turn down the heat now and add the chopped tomato (for the juice), and the livers.
  • Cover the pan with a lid and cook for about 5 mins. Careful the livers can splash if they are wet!
  • Check and stir the livers. You can add the crushed black pepper, the wine, and the marjorams.
  • Cook for another 4-5 minutes. Wait with the salt! It goes only at the end!
  • You will see a kind of stew in your pan. Now you can turn up the heat again and stir the stuff and let it thicken a bit.
  • Now it is time to check the livers. Stab them with a knife.
  • If there's no blood coming out from the liver, it means they are ready.
  • Do not overcook the livers, they become hard.
  • If the liver is soft and ready, you can turn off the heat and add the rest of the marjorams, and season with the salt.
  • Salt must be the last one for the liver!
  • To serve, you can make boiled rice or serve with fresh white bread. If you have fresh parsley at home, you can chop a littre for dressing.
  • I can assure you, your family will like it! You can try it with a little pickles too.


Calories: 513kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 23gFat: 42gSaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 486mgSodium: 275mgPotassium: 491mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 14849IUVitamin C: 31mgCalcium: 66mgIron: 13mg
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