Green Chicken Liver

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Questions and Answers – Green Chicken Liver 

 

Question:

I bought a whole chicken and cut it up for baking.  Inside, we found a liver which was half green. First time this happened in 30 years.  Liver is usually reddish.  Do you know what this is?   Is chicken safe to eat?  Chicken looks fine otherwise.

 

Answers:

This usually happens when the gall bladder, attached to the liver, sometimes breaks when it is removed, and some of the liquid runs on the liver and makes it green.

Any greenish part of the liver should be removed, because it will be very bitter.  The liquid inside (the bile) is extremely bitter.

 

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5 Responses to “Green Chicken Liver”

  1. Robert Ysaguirre

    Chicken liver had a bright green attachment ( like a green pepper) is that the gall bladder? Is the rest of the liver ok?

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    • Brenda

      Here’s what we found on Cookepidia on green chicken liver: https://www.cookipedia.co.uk/recipes_wiki/Liver
      Green chicken liver
      If you find a chicken liver with a funny green dill-pickle looking sac attached it’s the gallbladder. Remove it without rupturing it and discard it. It is filled with bile which is very bitter tasting. The rest of the liver will be ok to eat.

      If the liver is coloured green it is very likely that the gallbladder has burst and the bile has escaped, causing the green discolouration and accompanying bitter taste. Trim and discard any green parts. Wash and rinse well and maybe even clean with milk as described above.

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  3. Karen

    Green liver, will let everyone know.

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  4. Cosmo

    Yes…TY! I have been cooking chickens for 40 years and that’s the first time I have ever seen that. I don’t eat liver anyway but thought it might have contaminated the chicken too so I just tossed it. Also in that same chicken, the interior carcass was orange. That didn’t help. Any idea what that was?

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