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Crispy Chicken Livers a la Bistek topped with onions in a white bowl
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Crispy Chicken Livers a la Bistek

Fried Chicken livers with onions, garlic, and a tangy, savory lemon-soy sauce for an easy, tasty, and budget friendly dinner meal!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Entree
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 424kcal


  • 2 pounds chicken liver, cut into halves
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • canola oil
  • 2 lemons, juiced (about 1/2 cup juice)
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 small onion, peeled and sliced thinly into rings
  • 1 head garlic, peeled and minced


  • Rinse chicken liver and pat dry.
  • In a bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, salt, and pepper.
  •  Dredge liver in flour mixture to fully coat.
  • In a pan over medium heat, heat about 2-inches deep of oil. 
  • Add liver in batches and cook, turning as needed, until golden and crispy. With a slotted spoon, remove from pan and drain on paper towels. 
  • In a bowl, combine lemon juice, soy sauce, and water. Set aside.
  • In a skillet over medium heat, heat about 1 tablespoon oil. Add onions and cook, stirring regularly, for about 1 minute or until half done. Remove from pan and keep warm. 
  • Add garlic to pan and cook, stirring regularly, until lightly browned and aromatic. 
  • Add lemon-soy sauce mixture and bring to a boil.
  • Add chicken livers and gently toss to coat. Continue to cook for about 1 to 2 minutes or until heated and sauce is slightly thickened. 
  • Transfer to serving platter and garnish with onions. Serve hot.


Calories: 424kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 782mg | Sodium: 2948mg | Potassium: 676mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 25125IU | Vitamin C: 44.8mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 22.3mg