July 21, 2021
(updated March 24, 2023)
What’s Inside: Follow this nutrient-dense recipe tutorial for a boost of energy! Pasture-raised chicken livers are a superfood packed full of vitamins and minerals. Sautéed with garlic, onions, lemon juice, and more, this chicken liver recipe will turn anyone into a beLIVER! This recipe is Paleo, AIP-friendly, and Whole30-compliant.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “I have literally never found a liver recipe that I actually liked until now! This was so delicious, turned out great, and was easy to make too!” – Anjali
UH OH, I’m about to turn you into a beLIVER, and probably drop some more puns along the way. So, buckle up! Regardless of how you feel about the taste, texture, or appearance of eating liver, you’re reading this post for a reason. I have a feeling it’s because you either know or have been told that eating it regularly can be extremely healing, especially if you’re looking for new and delicious AIP recipes.
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tip! As a nutritionist, I recommend including organ meats like liver in your diet regularly. Pasture-raised chicken liver is a great source for IRON, SELENIUM, ZINC, VITAMIN B12, FOLATE, and VITAMIN C. I source mine from Grass Roots Coop where they practice regenerative farming and have exceptional quality.
Liver is basically a powerhouse and not to be missed especially when you’re healing and using food as medicine. Eating chicken liver is a great holistic way to treat iron deficiencies. In fact, it’s a part of the Autoimmune Protocol, where so many of us can get so laser-focused on solely eliminations. We often forget about what we should be including to heal while we eliminate foods so we can then reintroduce later on!
I know what you’re thinking … “Can’t I just take a liver supplement?” Sure, you could supplement, but the best bio-available way is to actually eat it. Just like Vitamin D is great and helpful, wouldn’t it be better to get outside more? There are so many more benefits in the original form vs. a pill form as a general rule of thumb.
Once upon a time, I hated the thought of eating liver like most people… but my health was in a downward spiral, losing hair (low on ferritin, which is stored iron)… anemic (low on iron)… exhausted… low on B12, you name it. Supplements were simply not cutting it because a whole food will always be more bio-available and easier to assimilate.
And, when it comes to iron, the body will be able to make better use of heme-iron (or iron that comes from hemoglobin, which is always from an animal source and not a plant source).
Chicken liver is a rich source of heme iron, packing in around 9.2 mg of iron per 2.5 oz. serving! For a reference point, chicken breast has barely 0.9 mg. Organ meat is highly nutrient-dense in comparison to its muscle meat counterparts (like thighs, breast, wings, etc.).
Learning this, and struggling so much with my health… I was opening my mind to trying it out. My husband begged me to let him cook it for me so I figured “why not”… and I was WOWED at how delicious it was and how powerful it was at turning around my lab markers, my energy, everything in such a short timeframe.
Some other high sources of heme iron include oysters (6.3 mg), mussels (5.0 mg), beef liver (4.8 mg), and pork liver (13.4 mg). (reference)
tip! Try eating liver once a week and see how it feels. And using this recipe, you may actually look forward to it!
This is my husband’s recipe and the same meal that made me a beLIVER. Now, we enjoy it as a family. (Yes even my 2-yr old toddler enjoys it!) It’s super simple and flexible. To make it, all you need is the following ingredients:
See the 5 easy steps below for how to make this dish under each image!
I love serving these sautéed lemon-garlic chicken livers with some lemon wedges and chopped parsley as an appetizer or entrée with any of these recipes on the side:
Planning to try it out? Let me know in the comments below!
This recipe was made in partnership with Grass Roots Coop. As always, I only recommend and partner with brands I trust and use myself.
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This was great!!!! I added a blend of shitake, bella, and white mushrooms. I thought this would compliment the flavor profile of the liver and boy was I right. This is my new staple liver recipe. Thanks a bunch.
OH YES! I’ve added mushrooms in the past, great addition – I agree. Thanks for sharing and I’m so happy you’re enjoying it as a new staple.
Great recipe, I’d say the only thing missing is to soak the livers in milk for 24 hours beforehand, which takes out the metallic taste!
Great tip for those who can tolerate the milk! Thanks for sharing.
Mine turned out nothing like your picture! Not sure what I did wrong but it seemed like way too much liquid. My two lemons ended up being almost half a cup of juice on top of the white wine. Everything just looked grey pink by the end. Any tips??
I’d cook it for longer to let the liquid reduce and so the onions get more caramelized.
Just packed with gorgeous flavours and easy to make too… thanks for a great recipe!
This sounds like something everyone will enjoy the flavors are fantastic in this dish!
I’m going to cook this chicken liver for my in-laws when they come to dinner!
I have literally never found a liver recipe that I actually liked until now! This was so delicious, turned out great, and was easy to make too!
That makes me so happy to hear!!
mmmm mmm mmm! Love me some lemon garlic anything, thanks for the recipe!
I just started incorporating liver into my diet so I’m looking for ALL the tasty ways to cook it (or mask it! haha). Thank you for this recipe!
OK, this looks AMAZING! I’m going to give it a try! The instructions don’t mention when to add the fresh garlic, though. Should I add it along with the onions in step 1?
I’m so glad you’re trying it!! And thanks for pointing that out – I just updated, add the garlic slices with the onion 🙂
Love how easy this recipe is. It’s perfect for our family!
Brilliant idea for the lemon garlic flavor!
I haven’t cooked with chicken liver very much, but the flavors in this dish look incredible! Can’t wait to give it a try.
I never knew liver could be so delicious! This recipe was so easy to follow and my family gobbled it up. Thanks for sharing!
Amazing, so stoked to hear that!
Delicious side dish and I love the Lemon Garlic flavor too. Perfect for Dinner.