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Chicken Liver Pate Recipe-705

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Red wine adds flavor to this spread and cuts through the richness of the liver

Yield: Makes 4 servings
Prep time: 10 Mins
Cooking time: 15 Mins


  • 12 oz (350g) chicken livers
  • 8 tbsp butter
  • 2/3 cup hearty red wine
  • 2 tbsp chopped chives, plus more for garnishing
  • ¼ tsp dried thyme
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Sprigs of fresh thyme, to garnish


 1. Rinse the livers and pat dry with paper towels. Trim away any sinew or greenish portions from the livers with kitchen scissors, then cut each in half.

2. Melt 4 tbsp butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the livers and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 4 minutes, or until browned.

3. Add the wine, chives, and thyme to the pan. Bring to a boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 4 minutes, or until the liquid is reduced by about half and the livers are just cooked through when sliced open.

4. Remove the pan from the heat and let cool for 10 minutes. Transfer the contents of the pan to a food processor. Process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon the pâtè into a serving bowl, pressing it down with the back of the spoon after each addition so that it is firmly packed.

5. Melt the remaining butter over medium heat. Pour it over the top of the pate. Refrigerate, uncovered, for at least 2 hours. Garnish with sprigs of fresh thyme and serve.

Good with plenty of toasted French breach slices and small sour pickles (cornichons).


Freezing Information: The pate can be frozen for up to 6 months

Prepare ahead: The pate is best refrigerated for 2 days before serving to develop the flavors

© 2008 Dorling Kindersley

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

Nutritional information is based on 1/8 teaspoon added salt per serving.

342kcal (17%)
20mg (2%)
17mg (28%)
3082mcg RAE (103%)
363mg (121%)
358mg (15%)
16g (80%)
27g (42%)
8mg (45%)

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