These Air Fryer Chicken Livers take only 10 minutes to cook! They are easy and so delicious! This recipe is a modern twist on a classic recipe that is a LOT healthier!
Most of us fall into two camps: either we are super fans of chicken livers or we would rather not have them at all! There aren’t too many folks in the middle. Don’t worry, though. If you are a fan, this recipe is for you.
These delicious morsels will convert you into a fan! The flour coating on the outside is just a little bit crispy and crunchy. The center is nice and rich. The best part is you can change the seasonings in the flour to mix it up.
My mom uses seasoning salt on hers. If you haven’t used that, give it a try! It is so delish!
🐔 Why This Recipe Works
Simple Prep | I wanted to create a simple recipe that allows you to make these quick and easy.
Air Fried | This is a delicious air fryer recipe that brings you a deep-fried texture without the excess oil.
10 Minutes | Seriously! Ten minutes is all it takes! This is one of my favorite things about this recipe. There is truly no fussing required.
If you grew up chicken livers, you are going to want to keep this recipe nearby. It’s so delicious and is full of traditional flavors. Let’s examine some of the ingredients a little closer:
Chicken Livers – The most important ingredient is obviously the chicken livers. You may not realize it, but they are actually very good for you.
Flour & Corn Starch – The combination of the two provides a beautiful and crispy exterior.
It’s essential to use both, so you get the proper crunch. You can use wheat or all-purpose flour.
Seasonings – We season the flour with onion and garlic powder. Just a sprinkle or two gives you the right yummy flavor.
Milk & Egg – Using a combination of milk and egg gives the coasting something to stick to. This is key to giving you a crispy coating. Use a milk alternative such as almond milk, heavy cream, or half and half.
Chicken livers are organs from chickens that are sold by butchers in small tubs. You’ll find them in the chicken area of the meat department at the grocery store. I usually find them in white containers on the top shelf.
When you get them home, put them in a colander to drain. Rinse them off and pat them dry with a paper towel.
TIP: Make sure you fully clean your sink once you rinse the chicken livers. Treat it just as you would other raw chicken. I use hot water and a little bit of bleach to clean up the sink anytime I work with raw meat.
These are pretty simple to make. It is a quick and easy protein for dinner or a great appetizer!
Step One: Mix together ¼ cup flour with two tbsp of cornstarch. Sprinkle in onion powder, garlic powder, and salt and pepper, as desired. Stir it all together.
Step Two: In a separate bowl, combine ½ cup of milk and one egg. Whisk well.
Step Three: Preheat Air Fryer to 390 degrees.
Step Four: After the chicken livers are drained, rinsed and patted dry, dip them in the egg/milk mixture and then dredge it in the flour mixture.
Place them in the air fryer basket or on a tray. Spray both sides with olive oil spray to help them become crispy.
Step Five: Cook in the air fryer for 10-12 minutes, flipping them over half way through.
TIP: Don’t crowd the chicken livers in the basket or on the tray. You need air flow to go around the food to make them fully cooked and crispy.
Each air fryer is different, especially if you are using a basket vs. a tray style. So, check them at the ten minute mark. They should be a nice golden brown.
‼️ Using Flour to Coat the Livers
One word of warning. I tried to cook this recipe without spraying the livers with a dash of olive oil and they turned out like the photo. There was excess flour that didn’t blend with the juices. While it still tasted delicious, it wasn’t as pretty.
A little bit of spray oil worked great to solve that problem. You don’t need much, and you’ll use a TON less than if you were frying these in a skillet. I’ll call that a win!
⚠️ Can I Use Regular Olive Oil
Yes, you can. If you choose to go this route, I suggest that you pull out your Olive Oil Mister like the one here:
If you haven’t used one before, they are incredibly easy. Simply fill it with olive oil from the jar and pump it to mist out a gentle spray that you can use for air frying or to coat a pan to replace a can of Pam.
If you use spray olive oil, you will find it in the grocery store by the olive oils and Pam Cooking Spray. Pam and Bertolli have ones at my local grocery store.
🧅 Expert Tips
- After flipping the livers at the half-way point, spray a bit more olive oil on top of them to keep them moist and crispy.
- If you are using a tray version and using two trays at a time, rotate the trays midway through the cooking process as they may cook at different rates. My top rack cooks a bit faster than the bottom rack.
- Make sure to cut your liver into even pieces so they cook evenly.
- Leave space between each piece of liver so the hot air circulating can touch all areas of the liver. Otherwise, the air fryer will not cook evenly.
- With any air fryer, use the cooking time as a guide. As it can vary on how fast or slow it takes.
- Season your chicken liver with your favorite spices and seasonings.
- For a splash of heat add some hot sauce to your milk to give the liver a subtle spicy flavor.
- Since this is air fried you will find it is best served fresh and hot. As it cools down the breading will become soft.
- These taste delicious dipped in a hot mustard sauce.
- Use either parchment or silicone liners for easy clean up. They come in every shape and size imaginable or you can always poke holes and make your own.
🧄 Recipe FAQs
Chicken livers are a good source of iron and vitamin B. They may be recommended if you are prone to anemia, but check with your doctor first. Air fryer livers don’t use much oil, which is a much better alternative.
You do not have to soak these in milk. You will find a lot of recipes recommend it to help mellow out the liver flavor. If you prefer a less potent flavor, soak them in milk for a few hours.
Liver should be lightly rinsed and then placed on a paper towel and patted dry. This will clean the meat a bit before cooking.
The internal temperature of chicken liver needs to reach 165 degrees. Depending on how big of pieces you have your cook time can vary. I highly suggest a meat thermometer.
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Air Fryer Chicken Livers
- 8 oz Chicken Livers
- ¼ cup Flour
- 2 tbsp Corn Starch
- Onion Powder sprinkle
- Garlic Powder sprinkle
- ½ cup Milk
- 1 Egg
- Spray Olive Oil
- Remove chicken livers from container, rinse and dry on paper towel.
- Combine the flour, cornstarch and seasonings in a small bowl. Combine the egg and milk in a separate bowl.
- Dip the livers in the milk mixture and then in the flour mixture. Lay on the air fryer tray or basket. Continue until all are complete. Don't crowd the pan when cooking.
- Using the Spray Olive Oil, spray the livers and the flour mixture will start to get moist but not wet and goopy.
- Cook at 390 for 10 minutes. Turn them over at the half way point and see if they need a bit more spray oil. Continue cooking until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. They will be a deep golden brown.
Ginny Collins is a passionate foodie and recipe creator of Savor and Savvy and Kitchenlaughter. Indoors she focuses on easy, quick recipes for busy families and kitchen basics. Outdoors, she focuses on backyard grilling and smoking to bring family and friends together. She is a lifelong learner who is always taking cooking classes on her travels overseas and stateside. Her work has been featured on MSN, Parade, Fox News, Yahoo, Cosmopolitan, Elle, and many local news outlets. She lives in Florida where you will find her outside on the water in her kayak, riding her bike on trails, and planning her next overseas adventure.