Chicken liver parfait

Alexander Wood

Alexander Wood

25th February 2011
Alexander Wood

Chicken liver parfait

From roasted chicken to stuffed chicken breast, chicken recipes are vast and varied. With a range of cooking methods and flavours to choose from, chicken recipes are a great way to exercise your chef skills. Why not give the following Chicken liver parfait recipe a try? Makes 3 terrines


  • 1.5kg cleaned chicken livers - trimmed (weight after cleaning)
  • 3 cloves garlic - sliced
  • 750g ( 3 packets) unsalted butter
  • 3 large sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1100ml port - reduce down to a syrup
  • 300ml calvados
  • 16 whole eggs - lightly beaten together
  • 3 heaped tablespoons salt petre
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons truffle oil
  • 30 twists peppermill
  • 3 x terrines double lined with silicone paper
  • Fresh thyme butter:
  • 500g butter - whipped until light and white
  • 1/2 bunch fresh thyme leaves - well washed and lightly chopped


Reduce port and calvados at a quick simmer until syrupy (approx 40 minutes)
To make the parfait - heat butter, fresh thyme and garlic, cook gently for 10 minutes or until tender and remove from heat and allow to cool at least 5 minutes. Remove thyme sprigs.
When the port is reduced then place the livers into a liquidizer, together with lightly beaten eggs and quite warm garlic and butter and salt petre - liquidize until fine and smooth.
Now add the reduced port and calvados and truffle oil, add milled pepper and salt slightly over season to taste.
Taste check. Pass through a fine sieve into a clean container (the mix should be quite warm or it will difficult and lots wasted when passed through the sieve).
Fill terrines, cover with butter paper and a lid, poach in a waterbath at 275F/135°C for approx 45-55 minutes or until firm but wobbly.
Allow to cool, then cover and refrigerate to become firm. When firm turnout onto a board.
Thyme butter: simply beat soft butter and fresh thyme leaves together until butter is light and white.
Using a palette knife, smooth a 2-3mm think layer all over the outside of the unmoulded terrines, refrigerate then turnover and cover the one remainin unbuttered side. Refrigerate then cover with cling film until needed.

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