Chicken liver pâté with figs, chutney and ciabatta toast

Simple chicken liver pâté, easy to make and truly a treat. Fantastic on picnics or for a dinner party starter.


For chicken liver pâté
  • 500g/1lb 2oz chicken livers, trimmed
  • 300g/10½oz butter
  • 75ml/2½fl oz Madeira
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon leaves
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 chives
  • 75ml/2½fl oz clarified butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 ciabatta bread, thinly sliced
For the chutney
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 shallots, finely diced
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 100g/3½oz sultanas
  • 50g/2oz raisins
  • 50g/2oz demerara sugar
  • 200ml/7fl oz cider vinegar
  • 50g/2oz crystalised ginger, finely sliced
  • 325g/11½oz dried figs, cut in half
  • ½ tsp fresh nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
For the salad
  • 150g/5½oz mixed leaf salad
  • 8 fresh figs, cut into quarters
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1tsp Dijon mustard

Preparation method

  1. For the chicken liver pâté preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

  2. Place the chicken livers into a large roasting tray in a single layer. Dot with 50g/2oz of the butter. Pour over the Madeira and sprinkle over the tarragon leaves. Roast in the oven for 4-5 minutes, or until the livers are cooked on the outside but pink inside.

  3. Blend the chicken livers in a food processor with the remaining 250g/9oz butter to a smooth purée.

  4. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, then spoon the pâté into a 23 x 12cm/9 x 4½in loaf tin lined with cling film and smooth the top with a palette knife.

  5. Place the bay leaf, thyme sprigs and chives on top of the pâté, then pour over the clarified butter. Tap the sides of the dish gently to ensure that the surface of the pâté is evenly covered in clarified butter and any air bubbles are released. Chill in the fridge for two hours, or until set.

  6. Remove the pâté from the fridge 20 minutes before serving.

  7. For the chutney, heat the oil in a medium sauce pan. Once hot add the shallot and gently fry for 2-3 minutes. Add the rosemary, sultana, raisins and sugar and fry until the fruit begins to caramelise. Add the rest of the ingredients, bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes.

  8. For the salad, place the leaves and cut figs in a bowl. Whisk the oil, vinegar and mustard in a small bowl to combine.

  9. To serve, heat a grill until hot, and drizzle the oil on the bread. Toast the bread for 1-2 minutes on each side.

  10. Remove the pâté from the cling filmed tin and peel off the cling film.

  11. Take two tablespoons, and shape the pâté into a quenelle. Place the pâté on the plate. Place the chutney on the side and the ciabatta next to it. Dress the salad and place on the plate.

James Martin recipes from Saturday Kitchen

Less than 30 mins preparation time

Over 2 hours cooking time

Serves 6 – 8

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