Chicken liver pilaff

Chicken liver pilaff


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About this recipe: Chicken livers are fantastic value and absolutely delicious pan-fried with garlic and spices in this moreish pilaff.

Maggie Pannell

Serves: 4 

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 200g long-grain rice
  • 450g chicken livers, thawed if bought frozen
  • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:35min 

  1. Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a saucepan, add the onion and sauté gently for 5 minutes, until softened. Add the rice and stir for 1 minute until the grains become transparent, then add 500ml boiling water and a pinch of salt. Cover and cook gently for 18 minutes or until the rice is tender.
  2. Meanwhile, rinse the chicken livers, pat dry on kitchen paper, then cut into small, even-sized pieces, removing any gristly bits. Heat the remaining oil in a non-stick frying pan, add the garlic, sauté for a minute or two until golden, then remove and discard it.
  3. Add the chicken livers to the oil and cook over a medium heat for 3–4 minutes, turning regularly. Sprinkle over the cumin, paprika and salt and pepper to season. Do not cook for any longer or the livers will become tough. Remove the livers to a dish.
  4. Add the vinegar and 2 tbsp water to the frying pan used for cooking the livers and bring to the boil, scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spatula. Return the livers to the pan to keep warm in the juices, while serving the rice.
  5. Drain the rice, if necessary, then heap it onto four serving plates. Spoon over the livers with the pan juices and serve immediately.


*For special occasions, marinate the chicken livers for 1 hour in 2–3 tbsp brandy with the leaves from 2 sprigs of fresh thyme. Flambé the livers with the brandy marinade when cooked. Add 2–3 rashers chopped streaky bacon, if liked.
*Add some colour to the rice with strips of char-grilled red pepper and petits pois.

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Reviews (2)


Absolutely beautiful. Though I cooked livers in a dry pan for 4 min. This made livers very tender. I kept livers warm on a separate plate. I then used the same pan to give a quick fry to garlic, spices (I used the canola oil) and added vinegar. After a couple of minutes I returned livers to the pan to coat them in the sauce. Serve immediately. - 20 Sep 2013


Quick, simple and lovely. First time that I have cooked rice in this way, seriously not the last!! - 16 Jun 2013

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