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Top 9 Low Carb Chicken Liver Recipes

By Liam McAuliffe Updated on

Are you searching for a nutrient-dense and budget-friendly superfood to add to your low-carb diet? You’ve come to the right place. Meet chicken liver! Few people realize that chicken liver is loaded with essential vitamins, minerals, and high-quality protein. Not to mention, it’s super versatile from a culinary perspective. 

These easy chicken liver recipes will help you get the most out of these overlooked yet tasty morsels. Now, let’s embark on a culinary adventure into the scrumptious realm of low-carb chicken liver recipes. 

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Why Chicken Liver Recipes? 

Before diving straight into the recipes, let’s get hyped on just how beneficial these chicken liver recipes can be for your health. 

Vitamin A

For chicken liver, the nutritional tale of the tape always begins with its remarkably high vitamin A content. At 222% of your RDA per 100 grams, chicken liver is one of the most vitamin A-packed foods on earth

And though some plant foods like carrots are promoted as having vitamin A, very little, if any, of this plant version of A is absorbed by the body. 

In contrast, the type of vitamin A in chicken liver called “retinol” is easily absorbed and used by your body. 

Studies show that retinol absorption efficiency ranges between 75% and 100%. [7]  1 hour after consuming chicken liver 30% is absorbed. Whereas less than 5% of plant vitamin A gets absorbed. [8] 

Why does this matter? Because vitamin A plays many vital roles in your body, including  immune function, vision, physical growth, and fertility. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] 

Health Benefits

The rich combination of vitamin A, B vitamins, vitamin K2, choline, selenium, copper, iron, and zinc, make chicken liver a natural multivitamin that supports numerous interconnected health benefits, including:

  1. Stamina
  2. Mental health and stable mood
  3. Bone and dental health
  4. Protection against cancer
  5. Heart health
  6. Cognitive function
  7. Gastrointestinal health
  8. Eye health
  9. Immune function
  10. Liver health

Here’s a look at the nutrients packed into 3.5 oz of chicken liver. 

NutrientAmount per 100 grams (3.5 oz) % of Recommended Daily Value (RDV)
Vitamin A11077 IU222%
Vitamin C17.9 mg30%
Vitaman K214.1 mcg12%
Vitamin B1216.6 mcg276%
Folate577 mg147%
Riboflavin1.8 mg105%
Pantothenic Acid6.2 mg62%
Niacin9.7 mg49%
Vitamin B60.9 mg43%
B1 (Thiamin)0.36 mg24%
Iron9.0 mg50%
Zinc2.7 mg18%
Manganese0.3 mg13%
Choline194 mg38%
Selenium54.6 mcg78%

Now that you’re pumped on incorporated liver into your for health reasons let’s keep the motivation rolling with our favorite chicken liver recipes. 

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1. Chicken Liver Pate

chicken liver pate

For most people, chicken liver pate is likely the most approachable, if not familiar, way to eat chicken liver. 

It’s loaded with all the nutrients listed above, and fattened up with tallow or butter, making it into the perfect keto and carnivore snack

The recipe below from Jessica and Primal Edge Health, can be made as is, or without the plant foods if you’re going strictly carnivore. 

Ingredients List

  • ½ pound chicken livers
  • ½ cup butter or duck fat for dairy free
  • 1 medium shallot minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp parsley minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

You can follow the full chicken liver pate recipe here. 

2. “Sweet” and Spicy Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Liver Bites

bacon wrapped chicken liver

This chicken liver recipe is perfect for people who want all the nutrient-bang but are afraid of the flavor. The bacon is a great flavor mask/enhancer and adds a scrumptious crunch. 

The “sweetness” comes from a pseudo-sweetener, which you can feel free to skip and these are equally as good. 


  • 12 pieces chicken liver (340 g/ 12 oz)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 12 slices of bacon (450 g/ 1 lb)
  • 1 tbsp granulated Swerve or Erythritol (10 g/ 0.4 oz)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

You can follow the full directions from chef Martina over at KetoDietApp

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3. Creamy Chicken Liver and Mushroom Sauce

creamy chicken liver and mushrooms

Convert the skeptics to the benefits of a nose-to-tail lifestyle with this remarkably rich chicken liver gravy. 


  • 1⁄3 lb bacon
  • 6 oz. (2½ cups) mushrooms
  • 3 oz. (½ cup) shallots
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 lb chicken livers
  • 1¼ cups heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup (¼ oz.) fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper


Follow the entire recipe at DietDoctor. 

4. Sauteéd Chicken Livers in White Wine Sauce

chicken liver white wine

Less than 4 carbs per serving, ready in less than 30 minutes, and no complicated cooking techniques, rich and creamy–oh hell yum!


  • 2 lb chicken livers sliced in half & white stuff removed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • ¼ tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh parsley to garnish

You can follow Ioana’s chicken liver recipe over at Low Carb Spark

5. Chicken Liver Skewers

chicken liver skewers

Quick, easy, nutrient-rich, cheap, what’s not to love? Blow your friends’ minds next BBQ with these delicious chicken liver skewers. 


  • 400 g chicken livers sinew removed
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary chopped
  • salt and pepper to season

Follow the entire recipe over at Carbdodging

6. Keto Chopped Chicken Liver

chopeed chicken liver

This Eastern European classic is brought to you by chef Tanya over at The Top Meal.  Tanya, who herself has Slavic roots, grew up savoring chicken livers (and various other chicken parts that we’re sleeping on over here in the West). 


  • 1/2 lb chicken liver
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 small lemon
  • salt, pepper
  • splash of olive oil

You can follow this super easy recipe here

7. Sweet and Sour Chicken Liver in Giblet Gravy

sweet and sour chicken liverGiblet gravy sounds like something out of a 1950s homemakers magazine, but the nutritional benefits are timeless.


  • 30 grams beef tallow or coconut oil
  • 150 grams chicken liver
  • 2 onions sliced
  • 10 milliliters lemon juice
  • 10 milliliters liquid aminos
  • 2 tablespoons low-carb ketchup 
  • 200 milliliters water
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cumin

Follow the entire recip rover at ketocookin

8. Sauteed Lemon and Garlic Chicken Liver

sauted chicken liver


  • Extra virgin olive oil for sautéing
  • yellow onion and garlic, chopped small
  • 1 lb. chicken livers, de-veined and rinsed (we like to clean it up with kitchen shears for better texture)
  • Seasonings: sea salt, dried oregano, garlic powder
  • White wine or bone broth for AIP for de-glazing
  • 2 lemons, juiced, plus more for garnish
  • Fresh parsley, chopped for garnish (optional)

Follow the rest of the recipe here.

9. Primal Carnivore/Gluten-Free Chicken Liver Nuggets

chicken liver nuggets

Who doesn’t love chicken nuggets? They’re hot, crunchy, salty, comforting, and ridiculously nourishing when made with chicken liver and the whole ingredients on this list. 

We’ve augmented this great recipe by Haley over at Health Starts in the Kitchen, to make give you a carnivore option.  


  • 1 pound pastured chicken livers
  • 1/4 cup Arrowroot Starch  (substitute 2 and 1/4 cups pork rinds if carnivore)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 large Egg(s)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 cups TigerNut Flour (leave out if carnivore)
  • 2 tablespoon Homemade Seasoned Salt (or just sea salt if carnivore)
  • 1/8 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes *optional
  • 1 recipe Southwest Ranch Dressing or carnivore mayo. 
  • 4 cups tallow

You can get the full recipe directions here. 

And check out these recipes for carnivore and keto-friendly condiments for a flight of dips to enjoy.

The Best Chicken Liver Recipes: The Bottom Line

We hope this adventure through the best low-carb chicken liver recipes has been a revelation of taste, nutrition, and culinary creativity. 

From savory pâtés, sizzling skewers, and creamy gravies, we’ve explored a range of dishes that reveal the versatility and simplicity of this overlooked superfood. 

By incorporating chicken livers into your low-carb lifestyle, you’re dramatically boosting your intake of essential vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, B12, K2,  iron, folate, and even vitamin C. This array of vital nutrients can improve energy levels, brain function, immune health, and overall well-being.


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