Five Spice Chicken Livers with Peppers and Onions

Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 15 min
Serves: 2

An amazingly healthy Asian dinner in under 15 minutes. Just pick up fresh chicken livers and a green pepper and you’ll no doubt have the rest of the ingredients at home. Besides rice, try this quickie stir-fry over a bed of baby spinach.


8 oz (230 g) chicken livers
1/4 cup (60 mL) all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp (7.5 mL) Chinese five-spice powder
1/4 tsp (1.25 mL) salt
1 green pepper(s), small
1 white onion, small
1/2 red onion(s)
1/4 cup (60 mL) hoisin sauce
2 tbsp (30 mL) sherry
1 tbsp (15 mL) soy sauce
1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) hot-garlic chili sauce
1 tbsp (15 mL) butter
1 tbsp (15 mL) vegetable oil
1/2 cup (125 mL) water
2 green onion(s), thinly sliced (optional)


1 Prepare all ingredients before starting to cook. Clean livers by separating into lobes, then trim off all fat and connective tissue. Rinse, then pat dry. In a cereal size bowl, stir flour with five spice powder and salt. Cut pepper into inch (2.5 cm) size pieces. Slice onion in half, then place cut side down on a cutting board and slice about ΒΌ inch (0.5 cm) thick. Separate onion pieces.
2 Prepare sauce by stirring hoisin sauce with sherry, soy and hot garlic chili sauce.
3 Heat the oil and butter together in a large wide frying pan over medium heat. Add a few livers to the flour mixture and turn to evenly coat. Place in the hot pan. Repeat until all are added. Cook about one minute, then turn and continue cooking about 2 more minutes. Remove to a plate.
4 Add pepper and sliced onion to the pan along with water. Turn heat to medium high and stir often until water is evaporated, about 5 minutes.
5 Return livers to the pan. Pour in the sauce. Reduce the heat to medium. Stir gently and often until as thick as you like, about 2 minutes. Spoon over rice or a bed of spinach and scatter with green onions.