Finding the Bright Side and Game Day Buffalo Fried Chicken Livers

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Chicken livers???? Really???? Yes, really. Half of my family is from the South, and that South is bred in me. Yes, I’ll take some Fried Chicken! Yes, I’ll take some Black Beans and Fish! And yes, I’ll even take some Extra Crispy Buffalo Ranch Fried Chicken Livers! Now you really shouldn’t frown upon chicken livers…I know every kid flocked to the table when these were served (insert thick amounts of sarcasm). But what if they did? What if you could make some “chicken nuggets” so flavorful that your family wouldn’t mind the fact that they only cost you $2.00 to make a whole batch?!?!! And they were packed with iron!?

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I was on a extremely tight budget last week and I made these Fried Chicken Livers one evening in the midweek amongst a budget friendly list of Spaghetti and Meatballs (recipe for the meatballs on my Facebook page), Bean and Head Cheese Tostadas, Stovetop Chicken Divan (recipe coming soon!) and even Beef Chimichangas out of leftovers from my freezer! Yes, chicken livers are extremely budget friendly…you can get a whole pound of these for about $1.25 and they sure are filling. Add some flour and oil to the mix and a bit of seasoning and you have a whole main dish or game day appetizers for just a couple of dollars. Can’t beat that right?

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And while cutting corners throughout the week in the dinner department, my finicky shark finally staring ABA therapy for his autism (YAY!), getting my oldest son situated for home school (love it!), and unwrapping my youngest son from my legs daily at preschool during some emotional attachment phase (never gets old), I had an exciting moment for Famished Fish, Finicky Shark. I was honored a Blue Ribbon by Best Foods (can you see my huge grin?) Yea, pretty cool. So it’s blessed weeks like this that I don’t mind making chicken livers.

So give them a try won’t you?

 

Game Day Buffalo Fried Chicken Livers

Ingredients:
3/4 lb chicken livers
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
Several dashes hot sauce
1 1/2 cup flour
1 Tb garlic salt
1 Tb dry ranch dressing mix
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp black pepper
Oil for frying

Bring about an inch of oil to 375F in a large frying pan over medium high heat.

Drain, rinse and pat dry the chicken livers.

Combine the milk, egg and hot sauce in a small bowl.

Combine the flour and seasonings in a large pie plate, paper bag or ziplock bag.

First dip the chicken livers in the egg mixture, then coat them in the flour mixture by dipping or shaking.

Dip them in the egg mixture once more, and coat them in the flour mixture once more. This is the extra crispy part.

Then carefully place them in the hot oil. They may POP, so have a splatter screen handy if you have one and wear an apron.

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Fry them until golden brown and crispy, turning to brown all sides. This should take about 5-10 minutes, depending on the size of the chicken livers.

Remove with a slotted spoon to a paper bag lined plate to drain.

Sprinkle with additional salt.

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And serve with ranch dressing and buffalo hot sauce.

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Enjoy!

Game Day Buffalo Fried Chicken Livers

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Number of servings: 4

Per Serving 561 calories

Fat 34 g

Carbs 41 g

Protein 22 g

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Game Day Buffalo Fried Chicken Livers

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 15

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 lb chicken livers
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • Several dashes hot sauce
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 Tb garlic salt
  • 1 Tb dry ranch dressing mix
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • Oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Bring about an inch of oil to 375F in a large frying pan over medium high heat.
  2. Drain, rinse and pat dry the chicken livers.
  3. Combine the milk, egg and hot sauce in a small bowl.
  4. Combine the flour and seasonings in a large pie plate, paper bag or ziplock bag.
  5. First dip the chicken livers in the egg mixture, then coat them in the flour mixture by dipping or shaking.
  6. Dip them in the egg mixture once more, and coat them in the flour mixture once more. Then carefully place them in the hot oil.
  7. Fry them until golden brown and crispy, turning to brown all sides. This should take about 5-10 minutes, depending on the size of the chicken livers.
  8. Remove with a slotted spoon to a paper bag lined plate to drain.
  9. Sprinkle with additional salt and serve with ranch dressing and buffalo hot sauce.

Notes

These may POP when cooking, so have a splatter screen handy if you have one and wear an apron.

What is your favorite budget friendly not-so-common food of choice?

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