Peri-Peri Chicken Livers on Pita Bread

Are you getting into the holiday mode?  I am.  Infact, at times like these I wish I was a student again, done with my exams and relaxing at my favourite holiday destination….my mother’s house.

Catching up with friends, family and oh just sitting in front of the TV and doing nothing LOL!  It’s funny that when we are young we rush into becoming old, then when we are old we miss being young……Life hey!

When I was a student around this time I would be home and because I was studying food, I became the designated holiday cook.  I know this happens regardless of what you are studying.  The family feels a sense of relief from their daily cooking duties and it becomes your duty.  I would look for the simplest dishes to prepare something like Umphokoqo (phuthu), a one pot meal hehe!  So, this is to all my students at home looking for meal inspirations.  This is one of my easy peasy dishes, it’s also delicious and filling.

After all, holidays are for relaxing, unwinding, enjoying the time with loved ones and planning the year ahead.  So we don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen especially with the sun blazing outside.  Chicken livers are one of traditional South African dishes.  We like them spicy!

What’s your easy peasy holiday dish?

Peri-Peri Chicken Livers on Pita Bread Recipe

Makes 4-6

500g chicken livers

25ml olive oil

1 onion, sliced into strips

1 garlic clove, minced

15ml (1tbsp) worcestershire sauce

1 black pepper

2.5ml (½tsp) crushed chillies

2.5ml (½ tsp) salt

2.5 ml (½ tsp) parsley, dried or two sprigs fresh parsley, chopped

1 packet of pita bread

1 packet watercress

2 tomatoes, sliced

plain yoghurt


  1. Heat a saucepan, add olive oil.
  2. Sauté the onion until translucent.
  3. Add chicken livers, garlic and continue cooking.
  4. Add seasoning.


  1. Prepare the pita bread according to the instructions in the pack.
  2. Stir in a drop of  Tabasco sauce to your plain yoghurt.
  3. Layer tomato slices, watercress, chicken livers and yoghurt in the pita bread.
  4. Serve


About Author


Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

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