Here’s yet another dish I’d never touch as a lil fella growing up on the islands, yet today it’s one of my favorite things to have with Dhal and Rice, with a side of Kuchela. We (my brother and 2 sisters) weren’t overly picky eaters as children, however we did make it a bit challenging for mom at times.
1 1/2 lb chicken liver
1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
2/3 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon Caribbean Green Seasoning
3/4 tablespoon Mushroom Soy Sauce (any dark soy sauce)
1/2 medium onion (diced)
1 medium tomato (diced)
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
1 teaspoon tomato ketchup
1 1/2 tablespoon chopped chives
Notes! Please use the video below to follow along as it’s loaded with tips which I may have missed to mention here. Additionally I’d like to mention that I washed the liver (after I cut into pieces) with the juice of 1/2 a lime and cool water. If doing this recipe gluten free, please go though the full list of ingredients to make sure they meet with your specific gluten free dietary requirements.
After having cut and washed the liver, it’s time to marinate it for 5 minutes with the Caribbean Green Seasoning, Salt, Black Pepper, Ketchup and Soy Sauce. I used Mushroom Soy sauce, but you may use any dark soy sauce with success. Should you want to add a 1/2 teaspoon of grated ginger, it will add a lovely flavor as well. Mommy would use Caribbean Browning sauce instead of the soy sauce, but my cupboard was bare… gotta make a trip to the Caribbean market soon.
On a medium heat, add the oil to a saucepan, followed by the onion and tomato. After 2 minutes, turn the heat to low and add the crushed garlic and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
There’s no need to marinate the seasoned Chicken liver for too long. Once the onion is soft and tomato starts to melt, turn the heat back up to medium/high and add the chicken liver to the pan. Stir well. I added a splash of water (about 2 tablespoon) to the bowl I marinated the liver in to pick up any remnants of the marinade, then add it to the pan.
The liver will also release it’s own liquid, so may I recommend you don’t place a lid on the pan or we could easily over-cook the liver. That said, unlike some recipes you may come across which cook the liver until ‘pink’, I need mine cooked thoroughly.
Do remember to stir it a few times to make sure it cooks evenly.
After 5 minutes on that medium/high heat, it’s time to personalize things a bit. Decide if it’s cooked to your liking (cook longer if necessary), if you want gravy or not (mommy would do this dry), and taste and adjust the salt to your liking. At this point I added the chopped chives and cooked it for 2 minutes more to get rid of most of the liquid.
I find that finishing with the chives gives it a lovely garlic/onion flavor. But you can opt for parsley or Chadon Beni (culantro). Should you find it difficult to source Chadon Beni, you may use Cilantro (coriander). Keep in mind that it will further cook after you turn off the stove due to the residual heat in the pan.
You’ll notice that I didn’t use an Caribbean Sunshine (scotch bonnet), but you’re free to add some should you want a little heat in the finished stewed chicken liver. Add it with the onion and tomato at the start.