Gluten-free Greek Chicken Livers with Kale and Lemon



This chicken liver recipe is easy to make and bursting with Mediterranean flavours. While chicken livers admittedly aren’t the most appealing to look at, chicken livers can taste delicious when cooked properly and is an excellent source of protein to include in your diet. Not only are livers inexpensive, but it’s also a rich source of iron, and a variety of vitamins and minerals and may play an important part in improving the nutrient density of your diet. If you've never tried chicken livers before, I urge you to try this Greek recipe for chicken livers before dismissing them entirely. The lemon juice and oregano are paramount to this dish.

What kind of chicken livers should I use?

Try to source free-range and organic chicken livers as this meat comes from animals that have been naturally fed and raised ethically, without drugs and hormones. This type of meat will always be healthier and more nutritious. Feel free to experiment with beef liver for another variation.

How to store Greek chicken livers?

Best enjoyed on the day of making, any leftovers should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge and consumed within 2 days.


2 Servings


5 minutes


15 Minutes


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil

  • 400g chicken livers

  • 3-4 sprigs fresh thyme

  • 4 Tbsp water

  • 1 lemon, juiced

  • 1 tsp Greek oregano

  • 200g kale, washed and shredded


  1. Use a sharp knife or kitchen scissors to roughly cut the livers into smaller pieces. Add the olive oil to a large frying pan set over medium heat. Add the chicken livers and thyme sprigs and cook for 8-10 minutes until browned all over.

  2. Add the water to the pan and stir through. Once the chicken livers have cooked through, remove the thyme sprigs.

  3. Add the lemon juice and oregano, stir through.

  4. Sprinkle the kale over the chicken livers to steam for a few minutes. Stir the kale to coat in all the juices.

  5. Transfer the chicken livers and kale to a plate. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and a serve with lemon wedges to tatse.



Chicken livers - Liver is a great source of high-quality protein and is one of the most nutrient-dense food in the world. It’s packed with essential nutrients, rich in protein and low in calories. (Source)

Fresh thyme - The Ancient Greeks associated Thyme with courage, bravery and strength. They burned bundles of thyme to purify their temples and homes, and to evoke a spirit of courage in those who inhaled it. In modern times, we know it is a rich source of several essential vitamins and it is also a great source of calcium, iron, manganese, selenium, and potassium. Thyme contains antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, carminative, diaphoretic, and expectorant properties which supports healing throughout the entire body. (Source)

Lemon  juice - high in heart-healthy vitamin C and several beneficial plant compounds that may lower cholesterol. (Source)

Oregano - (Try to source Greek oregano, as there is a difference in flavour) Oregano is high in antioxidants, it can help prevent damage by neutralising disease-causing free radicals, and contains certain compounds that have potent antibacterial properties. (Source)


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  • Many of my recipes call for Greek products like Greek extra virgin olive oil, Greek honey or Greek oregano. It is not mandatory for it to be Greek in order to make the recipe, you are more than welcome to use a good quality alternative; just keep in mind if you are after the authentic flavours of Greece these details do make all the difference in Greek cuisine. You can shop these ingredients here.​

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  • Disclaimer: None of the health benefits listed are intended to diagnose or treat any pre-existing health conditions. Always consult a health care practitioner before making any health decisions. The benefits listed are from my own research and personal interest, and encourage you to follow the Source and do further research.


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