Low-carb Peri-Peri Chicken Livers

Low carb Peri Peri Chicken Livers
Low carb Peri Peri Chicken Livers

Aaah, chicken livers… you either love ‘em or hate ‘em. I must admit though, I dated two blokes in my life that wouldn’t touch them – until they tried mine. I don’t want to blow smoke up my own ass, but the one was completely converted, and I am married to the other one who puts in formal requests for me to make this dish. I think it’s the texture of the livers that bother people, so I get them browned first, then remove them from the pan, only to add them later after the sauce has thickened and reduced so they can gently cook through. This prevents them over-cooking and ‘crumbling’. They are also a fantastic source of iron.

For those that love Nando’s® (er, who doesn’t?), they sell a killer hot sauce which is my go-to for this recipe (#DirtyKeto) and is available at most supermarkets in the UK. Add a dollop of sour cream, garnish with parsley and tuck into your bowl with a spoon – nothing else needed. If you are cooking for more people, double up the recipe using the plugin feature and increase your cooking time to reduce the sauce. In fact, I suggest you make a double batch anyway because its simply glorious the next day after all those flavours settle in and get to know each other. At 12g carbs per serving, you may want to tuck into this after a fast or save it as a weekend treat.

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Carbs 12g | Fat 33g | Protein 24g
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Low carb Peri-Peri Chicken Livers

A spicy, comforting bowl of chicken livers, cooked in a tomato-based sauce with the essential flavour of Nando’s® Peri-Peri hot sauce. Coming in at 12g carbs per bowl - it can be enjoyed as is, or served with Cauliflower Rice or Cauliflower Mash, if your macros allow it.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Portuguese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 3 people

Per serving

Calories: 428kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 33g


  • 300 g (10.6 oz) chicken livers, trimmed weight
  • 1 1/2 TB coconut oil
  • 1/2 yellow pepper, core removed and chopped small
  • 150 g (5.3 oz) mushrooms, quartered
  • 20 g (0.7 oz) pickled Jalapeno, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tin chopped / crushed tomatoes
  • 65 g (2.3 oz) Nando’s® Peri-Peri Hot Sauce
  • 1/4 tsp Swerve® sweetener, confectioners
  • 65 g (2.3 oz) sour cream
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • chopped parsley, to garnish


  • Drain the chicken livers in a colander to remove excess liquid from the packaging. Trim excess sinew, then chop into 2cm / 1-inch pieces. (The weight indicated in the ingredients list should be your yield after trimming.)
  • Heat one tablespoon coconut oil in a large pan over high heat and brown the chicken livers until caramelised and only slightly pink on the inside (test one piece to check), this takes approximately 1-2 minutes. Remove the livers from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  • Add the remaining coconut oil to the same pan and gently cook the yellow peppers over low heat to soften. Once softened, add the mushrooms and jalapenos and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, increasing the heat to allow the mushrooms to caramelise. Stir continuously to avoid the mixture catching.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes add the Nando’s® Peri-Peri hot sauce, and reduce the heat to low, simmering gently for 5-7 minutes until the sauce is starting to reduce.
  • Return the chicken livers to the pan and continue to cook, stirring regularly for another 5-7 minutes until the livers have completely cooked through and the sauce has thickened completely. Stir in the sweetener, followed by three-quarters of the sour cream.
  • Stir to warm the sour cream through, then remove the pan from the heat. Season the mixture with salt and freshly ground black pepper, then divide between 2 bowls. Add a dollop of the remaining sour cream on each and scatter over plenty of chopped parsley.

A new-and-improved version of this delicious recipe features in my cookbook KETO KITCHEN.

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Nutritional Information per serving
Calories                         428Kcal / 1791kJ
Fat                                 33g
Carbohydrates              12g
Protein                           24g

Eggs (may be found in some brands of sour cream - check label)

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