Italian Style Chicken Livers With Orzo

READY IN: 25mins
Recipe by papergoddess

Chicken livers in wine and herbs with tiny pasta. This is my favorite way to eat them.

Top Review by Lorac

I loved the flavor contrasts - the slight bitterness of the livers, the sweetness of the wine and the spice of the herbs. I followed the recipe as written, using Penzey's Italian Herb Mix, fresh ground black pepper and no cheese. My only suggestion is to add fresh chopped parsley for color before serving. My 4 star rating = very good, will make this again with no significant changes.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a skillet, heat olive oil.
  4. Add onion and garlic and cook until soft.
  5. Add chicken livers in a single layer and saute until firm, about 10 minutes, turning once.
  6. Add wine and seasonings.
  7. Cover and simmer on LOW heat about 5-10 minutes, or until livers are no longer pink inside.
  8. Uncover and continue to simmer until wine is reduced by half.
  9. Toss with pasta, warm through, and serve immediately with parmesan cheese if desired.
  10. (NOTE) This recipe just evolved, and I usually do not measure, so proportions are approximate.
  11. Add more or less wine if desired, and if it seems like too much pasta, then don't add it all.
  12. I'd taste it first before you add the cheese.
  13. You might like it without.

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