I can’t even tell you how much I love broiled bacon wrapped chicken livers.
Seriously, it is one of my favorite appetizers. Heck, when I was in college, after the first few years, I had enough seniority to get my own room in the dorm where I lived. A coveted ‘single’. At that time, to save money, I decided to forgo buying a pass to the dining hall. I would make my own food, thank you very much!
Well, these broiled bacon wrapped chicken livers were one of my staples back then.
I know. It was probably weird for a college student to eat bacon wrapped chicken livers. But I never said I was normal.
I would plan it all out. I’d go to the store, buy some chicken livers and bacon and scurry back to my room.
“Is it 5 yet?”, I’d be thinking, “I need to eat!”
I’d wrap those livers in the bacon and pop them into my trusty toaster oven.
I’m sure the rest of the dorm residents were wondering, “What the heck is that smell?”
Did I eat them all in one sitting? No, of course not. It was a pound of bacon, after all. And even though I may be cray cray for my bacon wrapped chicken livers, I was on a budget. I stretched that meal out over three nights.
The difference between then and now
There are obvious differences between then and now. Yes, I know, I’m older now. Stop focusing on that.
The difference I would like to point out is the size of the chicken livers. I know I can get smaller livers than the ones I buy, but I don’t want to drive all over the place looking for them.
Hey! There’s another difference. I guess I’m lazier in some ways. When I was younger, I would have driven all over the place looking for the perfect chicken livers. Back then, perfect chicken livers were a worthy quest reward.
Now I just think, “These will do,” because, well, like I said, I’m lazier.
I mention this because you are going to see honking chicken livers in the upcoming photos. I did cut some in half but they are still big. Don’t think that your chicken livers have to be as big as the ones pictured, because they don’t.
On to the Broiled Bacon Wrapped Chicken Liver Recipe
The above photo contains all the ingredients for the bacon wrapped chicken livers.
We have chicken livers front and center, bacon, a jelly roll pan, foil and toothpicks. That’s it.
Time to open the chicken livers. I rinse them and lay them out on a paper towel.
I line my jelly roll pan with a piece of foil.
Next, I open the package of uncured bacon. This particular bacon has nine strips. I cut each strip in half and wrap a piece of chicken liver in each piece. I secure each bacon roll with a toothpick!
See what I mean about the huge chicken livers? They are almost grotesque. Well, at least to look at. Not to chomp on and eat!
I turn on the broiler and when the oven heats up, I place the pan in. I stand there and every once in a while, I move the pan over so the bacon wrapped chicken livers get their turn under the flames.
Since the livers are so big, I broil them eight minutes on one side, I take the pan out, flip them and broil them again for eight minutes, continuing to move the pan every few minutes so they all get nicely crispy.
Look! Nice and crispy.
Everyone knows that you can’t eat chicken meat medium rare but did you know that you can eat chicken organ meat medium rare?
Well, you can.
I don’t eat organ meat medium rare, but I do enjoy chicken livers done medium with a little juice seeping out, as you will see below, in the photo with a bite missing.
But first let me plate the bacon wrapped chicken livers.
And now for the bite.
It takes me back to my college days.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe as much as I enjoyed eating these bacon wrapped chicken livers.
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Yields 18 Bacon Wrapped Livers
A great appetizer to serve at parties!
5 minPrep Time
16 minCook Time
21 minTotal Time
- 1 - 1.25 pounds chicken livers, washed and patted dry
- 9 - 12 slices bacon (I used uncured), cut in half
- Line a jelly roll pan with foil
- Put a chicken liver on a half piece of bacon and roll the bacon around the liver and secure it with a toothpick
- Place wrapped chicken liver on the pan
- Repeat until all the bacon is used up or the livers, whichever comes first
- Preheat the broiler to high
- Place in oven and broil for 8 minutes, but stand there and move the pan every minute or two to evenly brown the bacon wrapped chicken livers
- Take pan out and flip the livers
- Place back in oven and continue broiling for 8 minutes, moving the pan every few minutes
- Remove from oven