Saute of Chicken Livers, Bacon and Apples

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins

My favorite chicken liver recipe. I serve with thin egg noodles. The recipe notes: do not stir the chicken livers around as you saute them; that prevents the development of the crisp, firm outside crust which is an agreeable characteristic of this dish. Recommended side dish: some kind of spinach or other preferred greens.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Pat livers dry.
  2. Saute the bacon with 1 T butter in a 10-inch skillet, until the bacon fat has rendered out.
  3. With a slotted spoon, remove the bacon bits and reserve until later. In the remaining bacon fat, saute the chicken livers over medium-high heat (in a couple of batches, if necessary). Remove livers and reserve.
  4. Remove all but 1 T of the fat in the skillet; in the remaining fat, saute the shallots until soft. Then add the apples, Calvados and heavy cream. With a wooden spoon, scrape up the browned particles in the bottom of the pan and incorporate.
  5. Return the chicken livers and bacon to the simmering cream and cook them about 3 minutes more, keeping the heat low so they do not toughen.
  6. Taste and adjust seasonings. Whisk in the last tablespoon of btuter. Dust with parsley. Serve.


Most Helpful

We don't have chicken livers very often (maybe 2-3 times a year) but when we do, this is the kind of WONDERFUL TASTING DINNER we want to enjoy! The liver is absolutely great with the combo of bacon, apple & Applejack, & the recipe is a certain keeper! Thanks for sharing! [Tagged, made & reviewed as a recipenap in the Aus/NZ Recipe Swap #34]

Sydney Mike November 16, 2009

Oh, my, this is good. The two of us had this for dinner, and there is barely enough left for lunch for one of us. I have to say that I appear to have neither calvados nor even plain brandy available, so I made this with port - I know, not the same, but I think it worked very well. I think next time I will add some quartered button mushrooms. In any event, this is a delicious dish.

duonyte January 30, 2008

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