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Easy and delicious Thanksgiving dressing with chicken livers, chicken hearts, onions, celery, chicken broth, bread crumbs stuffing mix, and baked in the oven.

(Last Updated On: September 8, 2022)

When Thanksgiving and Christmas time is near, my kids already let me know I have to make their Grandma’s Thanksgiving dressing recipe. It’s a hand-me-down recipe from many years ago, and we all love it. And, of course, it’s extra delicious topped with gravy.

This recipe uses chicken livers and chicken hearts, both loaded with nutrients, protein, and minerals.

Note: Many recipes put the dressing inside the cavity of the turkey, hence “turkey stuffing” but I don’t like that method. I guess I have heard of too many stories about people getting sick because the “turkey stuffing” didn’t get cooked thoroughly because of the eggs or the cavity wall of the turkey itself. So we will put this Thanksgiving dressing in a 9″ by 13″ baking dish and bake it in the oven.

Thanksgiving dressing in a baking dish.

Key Ingredients For Thanksgiving Dressing Recipe

In The Frying Pan For Thanksgiving Dressing Recipe

  • 1 container of raw chicken livers
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 package of chicken hearts
  • 1 onion
  • 4 or 5 sticks of celery

In A Large Bowl For Thanksgiving Dressing Recipe

  • 1 and a half cans of chicken broth (14.5 ounce cans)
  • 1 and a half teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 and 1/2 bags of unseasoned bread crumb stuffing mix (12 ounce bags)
Thanksgiving Dressing Recipe
Ingredients for Thanksgiving dressing recipe.

Step-By-Step Instructions With Photos

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

In The Frying Pan

The Butter

Put 1/2 cup of butter in a frying pan and then melt it on medium heat.

One half cup of butter in a frying pan.
Put 1/2 cup of butter in a frying pan and melt on medium heat.

The Chicken Liver

Rinse and soak the chicken liver in cold water for a few minutes (not shown). Slightly pat dry with a paper towel.

Put all of the chicken liver in the frying pan, then turn the heat to medium-high and brown the liver. While the liver browns, keep turning it and chop it in chunks with a spatula. Remove any unwanted pieces.

Raw cut up liver in a frying pan with the butter.
The Liver is browning in a frying pan with butter on medium-high heat.

Stop browning when the liver still has a little bit of pink left in it, because this is when we will add the chicken hearts, mentioned below.

Browning the liver in the fry pan on medium-high heat.
The liver is browning in the frying pan.

The Chicken Hearts

Rinse the chicken hearts in cold water and then cut them into pieces. Note: Cut off the tops of the hearts, which is where the ascending aorta is, and then discard them.

Washed and cut up raw chicken hearts in a bowl.
Chicken hearts cut up.

After all of the chicken liver is chopped in the frying pan and is not browned all the way, add the chopped chicken hearts to the frying pan and brown them with the chicken liver.

Added chicken hearts to the liver in the frying pan.
Add the chicken hearts to the frying pan with the browned chicken liver.

Continue to brown all of the chicken liver and chicken hearts until no pink is showing.

Liver and hearts browning in the frying pan.
Chicken hearts browning with the chicken liver.

The Onions And Celery

Dice 1 whole medium-size onion and 4 or 5 celery sticks.

Diced onion and celery on a plate for the Thanksgiving dressing.
One medium-size diced onion and 4 or 5 diced celery sticks.

Add the diced onions and celery to the frying pan together with the chicken liver and chicken hearts. Turn the heat on medium and fry for about 15 minutes until the onions and celery are tender. After that, turn the burner off and set it aside.

Added diced onion and celery to the browned liver and chicken hearts.
Onion and celery were added to the browned chicken liver and chicken hearts.

In A Large Bowl

The Eggs

In a small bowl, beat 3 eggs.

Three beaten eggs in a bowl.
Beat 3 eggs in a bowl.

The Salt And Pepper

Add 1 and a half teaspoons of salt, and 1 teaspoon of pepper together with the eggs.

Added salt and pepper to the beaten eggs.
Add 1 and a half teaspoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper to the eggs.

The Chicken Broth

Add two 14.5 ounce cans of low sodium chicken broth together with the egg mixture. Stir it all together.

Added two cans of chicken broth to the eggs.
Add two 14.5 ounce cans of chicken broth to the egg mixture.

Then, transfer to a large bowl the chicken liver, chicken hearts, onions, and celery mixture together with the chicken broth and egg mixture. Again, stir it all together.

Put the egg mixture together with the liver mixture in a large big bowl.
In a large bowl, add the liver mixture and chicken broth together with the egg mixture.

Slowly add 1 and a half packages of unseasoned stuffing bread crumbs together with the liver and chicken broth mixture, continuing to stir the broth liquid with the bread crumbs.

Add one and a half packages of unseasoned bread crumbs to the liver and chicken broth mixture.
Add the unseasoned stuffing bread crumb mix together with the broth mixture.

Ready For The Oven

Spray a 9″ by 13″ baking dish with cooking spray. Put the dressing mixture in the baking dish. Cover with a lid or aluminum foil. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes.

After 45 minutes, take the dressing out of the oven, remove the cover, stir the dressing, and then put the dressing back in the oven uncovered for another 15 minutes.

Put Thanksgiving dressing in the oven at three hundred and twenty five degrees for forty-five minutes, then take out, stir, and put back into the oven uncovered for fifteen more minutes.
The dressing mixture is ready to go into the oven.

The Thanksgiving dressing has been baked in the oven for a total of 1 hour and is now ready to serve with Thanksgiving dinner. Don’t forget to make some fruit salad to go with this delicious Thanksgiving dressing.

Thanksgiving dressing on a plate.
Thanksgiving Dressing Recipe

Thanksgiving Dressing Recipe

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Easy and delicious Thanksgiving dressing with chicken livers, chicken hearts, onions, celery, chicken broth, bread crumbs stuffing mix, and baked in the oven.
5 from 2 votes
Cost $8
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course: Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings 12

Equipment

Ingredients
  

In The Frying Pan

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 container of raw chicken livers
  • 1 package of chicken hearts
  • celery sticks (4 or 5)
  • 1 medium onion

In A Large Bowl

  • 2 cans chicken broth (14.5-ounce cans)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 ½ bags unseasoned bread crumb stuffing mix (12-ounce bags)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  • Rinse and soak the chicken livers in cold water for a few minutes. Slightly pat dry with a paper towel.

In The Frying Pan

  • Melt butter in a frying pan on medium heat.
  • Put the liver in the frying pan with the butter. Turn the heat to medium-high and brown for about 20 minutes. Keep turning the liver. Chop it in chunks. Remove any unwanted pieces.
  • Rinse the chicken hearts in cold water and cut them into pieces. Cut off the tops of the hearts, the ascending aorta, and discard.
  • Add the chopped chicken hearts to the frying pan and brown them with the liver.
  • Dice the onion and the celery.
  • Add the diced onions and celery to the frying pan with the liver and hearts. Brown for about 15 minutes on medium heat. Then turn the burner off and set it aside.

In A Large Bowl

  • In a bowl, beat 3 eggs. Then add the salt and pepper to the eggs. Mix together.
  • Add the cans of chicken broth to the egg mixture. Mix together.
  • Put the cooked liver, hearts, onions, and celery into a large bowl. Add the chicken broth, eggs, salt, and pepper mixture. Mix all together.
  • Add the bread crumbs stuffing mix to the chicken broth mixture. Mix together.

Ready For The Oven

  • Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Put the dressing mixture in the baking dish. Cover it with a lid or aluminum foil.
  • Bake in the oven for 45 minutes.
  • After 45 minutes, remove the lid, stir the dressing, then bake for about 15 more minutes without the lid.

Recipe Notes

  • Thanksgiving dressing is a great side dish to make with Thanksgiving dinner, and it’s extra yummy topped with gravy.
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