Chicken Liver Pâté For The Monthly Mingle

When Jamie posted the challenge to the Monthly Mingle I was stumped. I thought long and hard about what French food meant to me. And once I thought of all the real French dishes I love, I had to think which ones I could make and blog about. Last year we were in France, barging the Canal du Midi and we were in duck country. This meant cassoulet, foie gras and duck rillette. Yesterday I realized that I had a post in my draft folder, just waiting to be a part of this monthly mingle. This is my ultimate snack food, and something I used to have in the fridge at all times. It is easy to make, and even easier to eat. Dave decided a few years ago that I needed to stop making this pâté as he was snacking too often and he wanted to lose weight. So, for a very long time this lovely dish has not been in my fridge. A few weeks ago friends of ours were coming over for a braai (barbecue) and I knew we would sit around chatting and drinking wine, before we got to supper. So, I decided to make a few snack items to have before the main meal. Something we could eat easily, with a few crackers. One of the starters I made was my chicken liver pâté and as you can prepare it ahead of time, it makes a great dinner party dish. Just don’t make it too far in advance, as temptation may get in your way, and there might be none left to share.

Chicken Liver Pâté
Chicken Liver Pâté

(you will see from the photograph that I did not add the butter and the chives to the top of my pâté – it was a time issue 🙂

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Chicken Liver Pâté

Recipe Category: Pâté
All Rights Reserved: an original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 125 g butter
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1 clove garlic sliced
  • 2 chillies seeded and chopped
  • 250 g chicken livers
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
  • 5 mls brandy port or sherry
  • 30 mls thick cream or crème fraîche
  • 10 mls melted butter
  • 15 mls chopped chives


  • Melt the butter in a sauce pan
  • Add the onion, garlic and chilli and cook on a low heat until the onion is soft
  • Add the chicken livers and season generously
  • Cook on a medium temperature until done
  • Remove from the heat and cool
  • Add the alcohol and the cream or crème fraîche
  • Blend until smooth
  • Spoon into a dish and pour the melted butter over the pâté
  • Add the chives
  • Refrigerate until set.

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42 thoughts on “Chicken Liver Pâté For The Monthly Mingle

  1. Tandy, this is just beautiful! This is indeed so French but when I came up with the theme for the Monthly Mingle I never even thought of anything like this. What a perfect addition to my April in Paris theme! And I really love chicken liver pâté so I am so happy to have your delicious recipe. And I know about not being able to start once you start to eat it! Great post and thanks! x

    1. Thanks Jamie! I spent so much time thinking what to do for the mingle as I love the theme 🙂 When ever I make this dish I will think of you 🙂

  2. Even though I’m not a huge liver or chicken livier pate person, I know yours came out looking amazing. My mother makes it a lot. She will love your recipe 🙂

    1. I didn’t want to post the same time as your recipe, which you will see is quite similar – this one is in my recipe book 🙂

  3. Hi Tandy, I just copy your recipe, I’ll have my parents -in- law in the end of this month and as I love pâtés I’ll make this recipe for sure, thanks to share:)

  4. So simple, so good. Organic chicken livers are essential though I think. Do you agree? Agree about the ultimate snack food.

  5. Hello Tandy,I like your name and I love your recipe,Pat’e [chicken livers] have got to be my weakness with a packet of Provita and a bottle of Chapel Red Your recipe is one that I have to double up on because all my friends ask fo more at our braais,this has got to be one of the best starters and niblers at any function.
    PS I always add a good blob of garlic to really enhance the taste,

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