Chicken liver and orange pâté

Chicken liver and orange pâté

  • Serves 6
  • Takes 35 minutes to make, plus chilling.
  • Easy
Turn plain old chicken livers into this sensational pâté recipe to serve with crusty bread for a light lunch or starter.

Nutritional info per serving

  • Calories173kcals
  • Fat14.7g (9.4g saturated)
  • Protein7.7g
  • Carbohydrates1.3g (0.9g sugars)
  • Salt0.4g

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  • 100g butter
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 250g chicken livers
  • Finely grated zest of 1/2 orange, plus 1 tbsp juice
  • 1 tbsp brandy (optional)


  1. Melt half the butter in a large frying pan over a medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook for 6-8 minutes, stirring, until soft. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  2. Cut away any discoloured bits from the livers, which will taste bitter. Rinse under cold running water, then pat dry with kitchen paper. Return the frying pan to a medium-high heat. When the butter from cooking the onions is hot, add the livers and zest. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring, until browned but the livers are still pink in the middle.
  3. Add the brandy, if using, to the pan and bubble for 30 seconds. Transfer the livers and any juices to the bowl of onions. Set aside to cool slightly, then tip everything into a food processor. Add the remaining butter and the orange juice and whizz for a few minutes, until really smooth. Season and spoon into a bowl. Cover and chill for 1 hour, until firmed up.
  4. Divide the pâté between 2 large sheets of cling film and shape into neat, thin logs and wrap. Label and freeze for up to 1 month.
  5. Thaw the pâté overnight in the fridge, then bring up to room temperature. Cut the pâté into 18 rounds. Pile some dressed salad leaves on plates, then top each with the pâté. Serve with toasted brioche.
  • If eating straight away, chill the pâté for 4 hours, until firm. Serve at room temperature. It will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • This whole recipe can be made ahead a frozen for 1 month.

From May 2006

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