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Crunchy and tasty, they’re perfect as appetizer or dinner meal!
crispy fried chicken livers with onions in a skillet
Crispy Chicken Livers a la Bistek

Hi, guys! It’s throwback Friday here on Nashville Filipino Restaurant and featured is a crispy chicken liver recipe first published on the blog in May 2015. I didn’t update the photos because it’s like 110 F today in SoCal and I spent the whole afternoon sprawled on the sofa trying to keep cool. I did, however, add a few tips to the post to help you recreate it effortlessly at home. Enjoy!

This recipe should have been up a good half hour ago but I spent a good while trying to come up with a jazzy name for it. This is a dish I just sort of whipped up freestyle years ago and it has quickly become a family favorite.

Loaded with garlic and onions and lightly doused in a citrusy sauce, I suppose, crispy chicken livers a la bistek is the closest thing to describing its flavor profile. If you love the tangy-salty taste of bistek, then this budget-friendly version should be on your menu rotation.


breaded chicken livers garnished with onions and doused with lemon-soy sauce

Tips on How to Make Crispy Chicken Livers

  • Gently rinse the chicken livers to rid of blood and pat dry with paper towels as the extra moisture trapped under the breading will make them soggy and keep them from frying properly.
  • For a light and crisp breading, I like to use a mixture of flour and cornstarch. I seasoned it simply with salt and pepper but feel to add garlic powder, paprika or chili powder. Just note that whatever blend of herbs you add will affect the overall taste of the dish.
  • For super crunchy texture, use enough and the right kind of oil with high smoke points such as canola, safflower or peanut oil. Heat the oil to the optimal temperature range of 350 F to 375 F. Do not overcrowd the pan, cook the liver in batches as needed to prevent the temperature from plummeting.
  • To keep the chicken liver from disintegrating, make sure the oil is hot enough and do not turn them too much. Allow them to brown and crisp properly on one side before flipping to the other side.
  • Toss the fried chicken BRIEFLY in the lemon-soy sauce to maintain their texture. For the most crunch, you can also arrange the liver on a serving platter, garnish with the onions, and drizzle the heated sauce.

Give these crispy chicken livers cooked a la bistek for dinner tonight and let me know what you think. I know liver is not high on everyone’s favorite nashville filipino restaurant list but this dish just might change your mind. 🙂

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Crispy Chicken Livers a la Bistek dressed with onions and a tangy lemon-soy sauce mixture. Crunchy and tasty, they're perfect as appetizer or dinner meal!

Course:Main Entree
Keyword:crispy chicken livers a la bistek
Servings: 4Servings
Calories: 424kcal
Author: Lalaine
  • 2poundschicken liver, cut into halves
  • 3/4cupflour
  • 1/4cupcornstarch
  • 2teaspoonssalt
  • 1/4teaspoonpepper
  • canola oil
  • 2lemons, juiced (about 1/2 cup juice)
  • 1/2cupsoy sauce
  • 1/2cupwater
  • 1small onion, peeled and sliced thinly into rings
  • 1headgarlic, peeled and minced
  1. Rinse chicken liver and pat dry.
  2. In a bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, salt, and pepper.

  3. Dredge liver in flour mixture to fully coat.

  4. In a pan over medium heat, heat about 2-inches deep of oil.

  5. Add liver in batches and cook, turning as needed, until golden and crispy. With a slotted spoon, remove from pan and drain on paper towels.

  6. In a bowl, combine lemon juice, soy sauce, and water. Set aside.
  7. In a skillet over medium heat, heat about 1 tablespoon oil. Add onions and cook, stirring regularly, for about 1 minute or until half done. Remove from pan and keep warm.

  8. Add garlic to pan and cook, stirring regularly, until lightly browned and aromatic.

  9. Add lemon-soy sauce mixture and bring to a boil.

  10. Add chicken livers and gently toss to coat. Continue to cook for about 1 to 2 minutes or until heated and sauce is slightly thickened.

  11. Transfer to serving platter and garnish with onions. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts
Crispy Chicken Livers a la Bistek
Amount Per Serving
Calories 424Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 782mg261%
Sodium 2948mg123%
Potassium 676mg19%
Total Carbohydrates 33g11%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 44g88%
Vitamin A502.5%
Vitamin C54.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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