Chicken livers on toast

Chicken livers on toast

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 4
Not just for stuffings and pâtés, pan-fried chicken livers make a good-value starter or light lunch

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal221
  • fat8g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs25g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre2g
  • protein14g
  • salt0.83g
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  • 250g chicken livers
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped



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  • large handful flatleaf parsley, leaves very roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp capers, rinsed and drained, roughly chopped
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
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  • 3 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 4 slices nice bread, such as sourdough
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • large pinch cayenne pepper


  1. Pick over the livers, cutting away any fatty bits and sinew, then pat the livers dry. Place the shallot, parsley and capers into a bowl and drizzle with half the olive oil and 1 tbsp of the Sherry vinegar.

  2. Toast the bread (preferably on a griddle but a toaster is fine). Toss the livers in the flour and cayenne pepper, and season generously with salt and pepper. Heat the rest of the oil in a frying pan and fry the livers over a really high heat for 4-5 mins until brown and crisp on the outside and cooked, but still a little pink in the middle. Splash remaining vinegar into the pan and bubble down for 1 min.

  3. Tip the contents of the pan in with the shallot and parsley, toss everything together, season to taste, then pile onto the toasted bread. Season with a little crunchy sea salt and serve.

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23rd Oct, 2018
Irresponsible to suggest serving ‘pink’ I was sick for 3 days after eating this COOK LIVERS THOROUGHLY!!!
19th Dec, 2017
FSA advice Dec 2017: "Harmful campylobacter bacteria can grow throughout poultry liver, not just on the surface"; see here for more details: The recipe now states that the livers should be "cooked all the way through but still pink (not raw) in the middle". Campylobacter can be present in a perfectly fresh chicken liver, hence the need for careful cooking. Infection kills about 100 people a year in the UK.
4th Aug, 2017
I did not like this at all. All I could tast was the raw shallot, capers and vinegar. The lovely taste of the livers completely masked. A waste of the good bread. Why do people have to spoil good food by making it so complex, anyway ? Next time I shall just fry the livers in butter, and pile on the toast. You can't beat that.
2nd Feb, 2017
Great recipe and perfectly safe to eat chicken livers cooked per the instructions both IN the recipe above AND in the Recipe Tip box below. NO NEED to worry about food poisoning if you use fresh chicken livers and cook them quickly until pink. GREAT RECIPE.
18th Feb, 2016
Is there any way that Good Food could go back to these recipes for chicken livers recommending they be served pink and change the instructions? Food Standards agency advice is to cook through. There have been loads of campylobacter cases associated with chicken livers cooked "pink".
28th Nov, 2013
I made this today. 500grams of chicken livers for a quid at the local super market. I think i overdid the vinegar a little but it was really delicious. You have to be careful about the timing as i had a few small pieces which cooked quicker and they were a bit dry. The big pieces were juice and lush.
21st Mar, 2013
Absolutely delicicious. I made it twice, second time round I served it on roasted mixed peppers to save on calories.. Great!
16th Oct, 2010
I made this for lunch for my mum yesterday and used the quantities above for just the two of us! Was delicious though!
24th Sep, 2010
I could not believe how tasty this dish was, I could have eaten it twice! The left overs made an excellent cold salad the next day with the inclusion of some crispy smoked bacon!
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