Crispy Chicken Livers a la Bistek

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

Table Of Contents

  • Why you’ll love this crispy chicken livers recipe
  • Cooking tips
  • How to serve
  • Storing leftovers
  • More Bistek Recipes
  • Crispy Chicken Livers a la Bistek

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 citrus sauce made of calamansi juice and soy 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 our Filipino beef steak, then this budget-friendly version should be on your menu rotation.

Why you’ll love this crispy chicken livers recipe

Chicken liver is definitely an acquired taste, but if you get past the “gag” factor, you’ll discover its many benefits as a superfood.

  • It’s an economical source of protein and is relatively cheaper than most cuts of meat.
  • It’s a nutrient powerhouse rich in iron, folate, Vitamin A, and essential fatty acids.
  • It’s versatile and can be used in a variety of recipes as well as easy and quick to cook.
  • Cooked properly, it can be a delicious addition to your dinner repertoire.

Cooking Tips

  • 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, 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.

How to serve

Serve these crispy chicken livers a la bistek as an appetizer with your favorite drinks or as a main dish with steamed rice.

Storing leftovers

  • The dish is best enjoyed freshly cooked as the fried livers lose their crunchy texture overtime. If you do have leftovers, transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat in the microwave at 1 to 2-minute intervals or until completely warmed through. Make sure to not overcook to keep from toughening.

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