Rich and Velvety Chicken Liver Pâté: A Gourmet Delight


Experience the luxurious taste of our Rich and Velvety Chicken Liver Pâté, a gourmet delight that promises to elevate your appetizer game. This pâté, with its smooth texture and deep, nuanced flavors, is a testament to the sophistication and elegance of simple ingredients transformed into something extraordinary.

Rich and Velvety Chicken Liver Pâté: A Gourmet Delight

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 8
  • Serving Size: Approximately 2 tablespoons

Nutritional Profile (Per Serving)

  • Calories: 180 kcal
  • Protein: 7g
  • Carbohydrates: 2g
  • Fat: 16g
  • Cholesterol: 175mg
  • Sodium: 150mg
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugars: 1g


  • Chicken livers: 500g (1.1 lbs / 17.6 oz)
  • Unsalted butter: 100g (3.5 oz)
  • Onion, finely chopped: 100g (3.5 oz)
  • Garlic cloves, minced: 10g (0.35 oz)
  • Dry white wine: 60ml (2 oz)
  • Fresh thyme: 3g (0.1 oz)
  • Cream: 60ml (2 oz)
  • Brandy or cognac: 30ml (1 oz)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Clean Livers: Rinse and trim the chicken livers.
  2. Sauté the Livers: Melt half the butter in a pan. Add the livers and cook until browned but still slightly pink in the middle. Remove and set aside.
  3. Cook the Aromatics: In the same pan, add onions and garlic, cooking until soft.
  4. Deglaze: Add the wine and thyme, scraping up any browned bits from the pan. Cook until the wine is reduced by half.
  5. Blend: Place the liver mixture, cooked onions, remaining butter, cream, and brandy in a food processor. Blend until smooth.
  6. Season and Chill: Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to serving dishes and chill for at least 2 hours before serving.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Don't Overcook the Livers: They should be slightly pink in the center for the best texture.
  • Smooth Texture: Ensure a velvety texture by blending the mixture thoroughly.
  • Chill Well: The pâté's flavor develops as it chills, so don't skip this step.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I freeze chicken liver pâté?

Yes, it can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before serving.

What can I serve with chicken liver pâté?

Serve with crusty bread, crackers, or sliced apples for a delightful contrast in textures.

Can I use another type of alcohol?

While brandy or cognac is traditional, you can experiment with different types of alcohol like sherry or port.

Is it necessary to use cream?

Cream adds richness, but you can substitute it with Greek yogurt for a lighter version.