Nando’s has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. My parents new the one of the guys who founded it and I have seen their menu grow and shrink and change and adapt. I tried almost everything on their menu and I still crave the ice cream dessert they had back in the 90’s.
Still to this day it features in my take away list and as a healthier ulternative to most it is a choice on days I just can’t be bothered.
One menu item that I have enjoyed for years, and still struggle to walk out of a shop without ordering is their Chicken Livers. I love chicken livers in most ways but the Peri Peri is my favourite way.
I have trying to perfect a home made version for a while and finally found a recipe that works.
I was sent a box full of delicious jams and sauces from Chef’ Ease, which included a resealable tomato paste. Clean, no added sugar, no starches or horrid preservatives and I can use as much as I need without wasting?!?! Winning on all levels. Together with the livers, the paste _made_ the dish and is now a permanent pantry staple
Spicey chicken livers
- 500 g chicken livers
- 1 cup buttermilk or kefir
- 4 tbs tomato paste I used Chef’ Ease
- 1 tbs apple cider vinegar
- 4 tbs water
- 2-4 cloves of garlic crushed
- 1 tbs honey or brown sugar
- 1 fresh chilli chopped (or 2 tsp cayene or chilli flakes)
- 1 onion diced.
- Oil for frying
- salt and pepper to taste
- Optional: Cream
- Clean the chicken livers and put them in the buttermilk.
- Mix together all the other ingredients, except the onions and oil
- Both the above steps can be done the night before or 30 minutes before cooking.
- Remove the chicken livers from the buttermilk and rince. Pat dry
- In a large pan, on a medium hear, fry the onions until translucent.
- Add the chicken livers and sear until browned on all sides
- Pour the sauce over the chicken livers, adding a bit more water if needed and cook until the sauce thickens around the liver. Take off the heat.
- If you choose to use cream, this is where you add it.
- I served mine on shredded cabbage but can be served with what ever your choice of side.