Authentic French Chicken Liver Pâté Recipe

Chicken Liver Pâté

Authentic French Chicken Liver Pâté Recipe
Region / culture: France | Preparation time: 20 minutes | Cooking time: 15 minutes | Servings: 6


Chicken Liver Pâté
Chicken Liver Pâté

Chicken liver pâté is a classic French dish that is rich, creamy, and full of flavor. It is a popular appetizer or snack that is perfect for entertaining guests or enjoying as a special treat.


Chicken liver pâté has been enjoyed for centuries in France and other European countries. It is believed to have originated in the Middle Ages when liver was considered a delicacy and was often used in dishes for the nobility.


How to prepare

  1. Heat oil in a skillet.
  2. Add onions and fry until they become golden.
  3. Meanwhile, cook livers in boiling water for about 10-15 minutes. Drain and let them cool.
  4. In a food processor, combine onions, livers, eggs, and butter until the mixture is smooth.
  5. Season with salt to taste.
  6. Refrigerate for a couple of hours before serving.
  7. Spread a thin layer on fresh or toasted bread slices.


  • Add a splash of brandy or cognac for a more complex flavor.
  • Stir in chopped herbs such as parsley, thyme, or rosemary for added freshness.
  • Top with a dollop of fruit preserves or chutney for a sweet and savory contrast.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Be sure to cook the livers thoroughly to ensure they are safe to eat.

- For a smoother pâté, strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve before refrigerating.

- Experiment with different seasonings such as herbs, spices, or even a splash of brandy for added flavor.

Serving Suggestions

Serve chicken liver pâté with toasted baguette slices, crackers, or fresh vegetables for a delicious appetizer or snack.

Cooking Techniques

Be sure to cook the livers until they are no longer pink in the center.

- Use a food processor or blender to achieve a smooth and creamy texture.

Ingredient Substitutions

Use duck or goose liver instead of chicken liver for a richer flavor.

- Substitute olive oil for vegetable oil for a healthier option.

Make Ahead Tips

Chicken liver pâté can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Simply cover with plastic wrap or a lid to prevent drying out.

Presentation Ideas

Garnish with fresh herbs, cracked black pepper, or a drizzle of olive oil for an elegant presentation. - Serve in individual ramekins or small jars for a stylish and convenient serving option.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair chicken liver pâté with a crisp white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay.

- Serve with a side of cornichons, pickled onions, or mustard for a classic accompaniment.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store leftover chicken liver pâté in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, simply let it come to room temperature or gently warm in the microwave or oven.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of chicken liver pâté contains approximately 180 calories.


Each serving of chicken liver pâté contains approximately 2 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of chicken liver pâté contains approximately 15 grams of fat.


Each serving of chicken liver pâté contains approximately 10 grams of protein.

Vitamins and minerals

Chicken liver is a good source of iron, vitamin A, and vitamin B12.


Chicken liver pâté contains eggs and butter, which may be allergens for some individuals.


Chicken liver pâté is a rich and flavorful dish that is high in protein and healthy fats. It is a good source of iron, vitamin A, and vitamin B12.


Chicken liver pâté is a delicious and elegant dish that is perfect for entertaining or enjoying as a special treat. With its rich and creamy texture, it is sure to impress your guests and leave them wanting more.

How did I get this recipe?

The memory of discovering this recipe for the first time is a cherished one. It was many years ago, a time when I was just a young girl eager to learn the art of cooking from my grandmother. She was a master in the kitchen, with skills and knowledge that seemed to have been passed down through generations. One day, as we were flipping through an old cookbook that had been in our family for as long as I could remember, we stumbled upon a recipe for Chicken Liver Pâté.

I had never heard of such a dish before, and I was intrigued by the idea of using chicken livers in a spread. My grandmother, ever the adventurous cook, decided that we should give it a try. We gathered all the ingredients we needed - chicken livers, butter, onions, garlic, and a splash of brandy. As we worked together in the kitchen, I watched in awe as my grandmother expertly chopped, sautéed, and blended the ingredients into a smooth and creamy pâté.

The aroma that filled the kitchen as the pâté cooked was intoxicating, and I couldn't wait to taste the finished product. When it was finally ready, my grandmother spread it on slices of crusty bread and handed me a piece. The first bite was a revelation. The rich, savory flavor of the chicken livers combined with the sweetness of the onions and the warmth of the brandy was unlike anything I had ever tasted before. I was hooked.

From that day on, Chicken Liver Pâté became a staple in our household. Whenever we had guests over or a special occasion to celebrate, my grandmother would whip up a batch of her famous pâté. She taught me all her tips and tricks for making it just right - how to cook the livers until they were perfectly tender, how to season the pâté with just the right amount of salt and pepper, and how to serve it with a dollop of tangy cranberry sauce on top.

Over the years, I have continued to make Chicken Liver Pâté for my own family and friends, passing down the recipe and the tradition from generation to generation. Each time I make it, I am reminded of that day in the kitchen with my grandmother, learning from her and experiencing the joy of creating something delicious with my own two hands.

I have made a few tweaks to the original recipe over the years, adding a pinch of thyme here or a dash of cayenne pepper there, but the core of the dish remains the same. Chicken Liver Pâté will always hold a special place in my heart, not just because it is a delicious and versatile dish, but because it represents the bond between myself and my grandmother, and the love and knowledge that she passed down to me.

As I sit here now, reflecting on all the memories and moments that have led me to this point, I am grateful for the gift of cooking that my grandmother gave me. And I know that as long as I have her recipes and her spirit guiding me in the kitchen, I will always be able to create something special and delicious to share with those I love.


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