Chicken livers in Creamy Mushroom Sauce

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I LOVE Chicken Livers, they are quite a regular in our household but they are usually done in the truly South-African way, in a Peri-Peri gravy and served with Fresh Breadrolls and lots of butter. However, this week I though I’d do something different with them and decided to make a Pasta sauce out of them. I just kind of tossed a whole lot of stuff together and the outcome was one of the nicest pasta sauces I’ve ever tasted.

Chicken livers in Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Serves 4-6

750g Chicken Livers, Cleaned and Rinsed.
1 Large onion, finely chopped
4 Cloves Garlic, crushed
250g Portabello mushrooms, chopped
250ml Cream
500ml Milk
1tbsn Cornflour
2tbsn Cream of Chicken soup powder (mushroom would also work)
1/2 cup Sherry
2 Bay Leaves
1/2 tsp Dried Thyme
Salt and Black pepper to taste

  • IN a large, hot pot/wok, fry the Chicken Livers until brown and almost cooked. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • Wipe the pan clean and add more oil. Fry the onion and garlic until soft and add the mushrooms. Sautè for another 5 minutes and add the Sherry.
  • Allow to reduce a little and add the cream.
  • Return the Livers to the pan and add the seasonings. Allow to cook for +-10 minutes on a low heat.
  • Mix the Maizena and soup powder with the milk.
  • Turn the heat up and add the Maizena mix.
  • Allow to thicken and serve over cooked pasta of your choice.

Chicken livers in Creamy Mushroom Sauce

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Alida Ryder
Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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  • Ara

    Ally do you think I can use port instead of the sherry? This looks good

  • Juanita

    Is this not Jamie Olivers recipe as i just saw the same menu and pictures on his website.

    • http://www.simply-delicious-food.com Ally_R

      That would be very strange since I took that photo in my garden lol. I also haven’t seen his recipe before but it could be that it’s similar. I’ll go have a look now quickly.

      • http://www.simply-delicious-food.com Ally_R

        Thank you so much for notifying me! That recipe was added by a member on his site and it’s MY photo and MY recipe. Can you believe it? I wonder how I could go about taking on whoever did that!

  • http://tinytearoom.com tinytearoom

    I was force fed chicken livers when I was growing up. I didn’t eat them for a long while in my young adult life. But I now appreciate them so much. One of my favourite bolognese recipes has chicken livers in it. It gives the sauce a succulent and rich texture and taste. This dish looks awesome!

  • http://beckyquan.com Becky

    i’ve never cooked with chicken livers before but this looks really good! do you also have a recipe for the peri-peri gravy you mentioned? sorry to hear about the photo plagiarism.

    • http://www.simply-delicious-food.com Ally_R

      Becky : I don’t have an actual recipe, what I normally do is fry the livers and then add 2 tins of chopped tomatoes, a squeeze of tomato juice, seasonings and lots of chillies.

      TinyTearoom: That sounds horrific! I don’t blame you for not wanting to eat them while you were younger. They are one of my favourite things to cook with as they are so versatile and in South Africa, ridiculously cheap!

      Paige : I have to be honest, I’ve only ventured as far as chicken livers…no other organs just yet. Although my uncle makes the most amazing spicy kidneys!

  • http://www.thespicehouse.com Paige at The Spice House

    Mmm, like a liver stroganoff. Nice to see more proponents of organ meat!

  • http://www.fritosandfoiegras.blogspot.com Sarah

    What a delicious recipe! I am going to try the peri-peri chicken livers too, as I am a total liver lover!

    • http://www.simply-delicious-food.com Ally_R

      Sarah, please let me know how it turns out. I’m also a liver lover but I know many people find them gross! Glad I’m not alone! ;)

  • Jose Angel

    Those are NOT Portabello(a) mushrooms – but I DO share your love of chicken liver sauces – have been playing with them for many years dating back to our honeymoon many years back at a restaurant/hotel called TresAnton (or something like that) in St Mawes. Cornwall. Greetings from Port of Spain.

  • Cecilia Brooks

    Hi Ally,

    Your recipes look divine! Going to make the Curried Chicken Bake on Wed.
    Would i be to forward to ask if you have any Choc Mousse cake recipes? Im also looking
    for a white chic mousse recipe. Holding thumbs!!, and Thankx so much:))

    • http://www.simply-delicious-food.com Ally_R

      Hi Cecilia. You are not too forward at all! I don’t have a choc-mousse recipe and the white choc mousse recipe I have will be featured in my book coming out in September! :)

  • Kagsmiskit

    I once went through a chicken liver phase…I would have them all the time. Then I got bored as I ran out of ideas. When I discovered this recipe it not only resurrected chicken liver for me, but pasta as well.
    It is yummy, inexpensive and quite quick.
    Thank you!

  • http://simply-delicious.co.za/ Alida Ryder

    Nicole, the Woolies ones are very nice and clean and usually very fresh. But what a nice idea using chicken and feta!

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