Homemade Chicken Liver Pate

Really simple Chicken Liver Pate, very quick and cheap to make.


  • 1lb chicken livers (you can buy frozen from butchers or supermarket)
  • 1 medium onion thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 tea cup of water
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 6 oz butter, soft and another 3 or 4 oz melted to seal the ramekins
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons brandy or whisky


  1. place the chicken livers, onions, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, water and 1 teaspoon of salt into a saucepan and bring to the boil and simmer for approx 7 minutes.
  2. remove from heat and let mixture sit for 5 minutes
  3. take out the solids and place in a liquidiser
  4. start liquidising and add the soft butter bit by bit until combined
  5. add second teaspoon of salt and black pepper then the brandy or whisky
  6. process for 2 more minutes until the mixture is really smooth and creamy
  7. spoon into ramekin dishes and smooth off top leaving some space for the butter
  8. Melt remaining butter and add some white pepper and pour over to just cover the pate
  9. leave in fridge for at least 4 or 5 hours to set, longer if possible

Method for Melba Toast:-

  1. toast bread
  2. cut off crusts
  3. then slide a knife between the slice to split the slice in half, knife should slip through the middle soft part of the bread easily
  4. cut into triangles, they look better than my rectangles in the photo!
  5. serve and enjoy n.b. make extra, because it gets eaten very quickly!!
Homemade Chicken Liver Pate & Melba Toast

Homemade Chicken Liver Pate & Melba Toast

About cwildman

Local Food Evangelist, 5th Generation Butcher based in the Yorkshire Dales, England. Town End Farm Shop, Artisan Butchery & Charcuterie, Home of The Yorkshire Chorizo.
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4 Responses to Homemade Chicken Liver Pate

  1. James says:

    Nice nice. I’d never thought of using whisky….


  2. paganum says:

    Yeah Whisky works well and usually some whisky somewhere in the house you can use!


  3. Diane says:

    I made this recipe 2 christmas’s ago in Cyprus……..it’s brill, didn’t write it down at the time, but looked it up again for this christmas starter!!!!!!!!!! you can not go wrong, wiskey or brandy, I was born in Richmond Yorkshire, must admit tho, I may be a wee bit heavy handed on the wiskey/brandy !!! But it was all gone within mins Merry christmas


  4. Ann says:

    started making this recipe 2 year ago for Christmas starter now making it for family & friends brill !!!


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