Turkey Meatballs with Chicken Liver Recipe

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Turkey Meatballs with Chicken Liver Recipe

Chicken Liver Recipe

Can we talk about liver?

Ugh. The worst, right?! Just thinking of the word liver (aka organ meats) kinda makes me want to gag.

But, the reality is, if I were to pick one food that was actually a “super food” it would be liver.

Liver is one of the most nutrient-dense foods available to us. It’s packed with high-quality protein and essential nutrients such as Vitamin B12, folate, iron, and choline.

Not to mention that “ounce per ounce, liver contains contains up to 200x more vitamin B12 than muscle meat does, such as chicken breast or steak,” shares Lily Nichols. (note: for more information on liver requirements, especially during pregnancy, check out Lily Nichols book, Real Food For Pregnancy. She has a whole section in her book and on her blog dedicated to liver and organ meats.)

Do I love liver? No, I don’t.

But, ever since I started my holistic hormone healing journey I’ve been experimenting with different ways to incorporate this nutrient-packed organ meat into my diet. Why? Because I know just how good it is for my overall wellbeing. And, if you’re a meat eater, eating nose-to-tail is an additional way to honor an animal in its entirety and a great way to help reduce food waste.

Creating a meatball recipe that I actually love has definitely been a trial and error process. Some of my first attempts at these meatballs were…um…a bit disappointing, ha! They were overpowered by the flavor of liver (not my favorite!). However, I will note, I did eat them as I hate wasting food.

How I like to eat liver?

I do not eat plain liver. I am not so gung-ho about this organ meat that I can just sear it in a pan with a bit of butter and onion and call it a day. Just not going to happen for me. If that’s your jam, more power to you!

The way I’ve learned to consume liver is by “hiding” it in my meatballs and pairing it with pasta and a tomato or pesto sauce of some sort.

Tip: If you’re new to liver I recommend starting with chicken liver. It’s got less of that pungent liver taste most of us dislike, i.e. it’s a bit milder.

Note: Whenever possible, I recommend sourcing your liver from an organic, pasture-raised meat supplier. Best to find the best quality meat when it comes to liver.


Turkey Meatballs with Chicken Liver Recipe

  • Author: The Wise Consumer
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 40
  • Category: Dinner


Units Scale
  • 1 lb (450 grams) Ground Turkey (preferably dark meat)
  • 4 oz (115 grams) chicken liver
  • 3 tbsp freshly grated parmesan
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 23 garlic cloves
  • salt/pepper, to taste
  • chili flakes, optional


  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Add all ingredients to a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  • Using a hand-held food processor, mix ingredients till they become fully blended. The key is to make sure your liver is fully ground (it’s OK if the other ingredients appear a bit “choppy”).
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Using a spoon (I prefer using my hands), form the mixture into small balls. Place meatballs on baking sheet, about 1 inch apart.
  • Bake in oven for about 30 minutes or until fully cooked. I will often slice a meatball open to make sure it’s no longer pink.


The smaller the meatballs the quicker they’ll cook.

Meatballs can be stored in fridge for about 3-4 days. I like making these in large batches and freezing them.

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