close up of chicken liver mousse on french bread with bacon jam

How to Make Chicken Liver Mousse

Learn how to make that rich, light and creamy restaurant style chicken liver mousse right in your own kitchen.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine French
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Soak time 2 hours
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 322kcal
Author Danielle Wolter


Chicken Liver Mousse:

  • 1/2 lbs. chicken livers
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1/4 to 2/3 cup cream
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 1 tbsp. cream cheese
  • 1-2 cups milk for soaking

Bacon Jam:


Chicken Liver Mousse:

  • Rinse the chicken livers in cold water. Cover with milk and let sit for 2 hours or overnight.
  • Drain the chicken livers.
  • Heat 2 tbsp. of butter in a skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add the chicken livers and cook about 3 minutes per side. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Add the garlic, shallots and thyme to the skillet with the remaining butter and cook until soft and just starting to brown.
  • Add the chicken livers back to the skillet along with the brandy and cream cheese and cook until the liquid is absorbed and cream cheese is melted, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and place in a blender. If mixture is still very hot, let cool for a bit before blending. Otherwise, you may end up with an explosive mess of chicken livers...
  • Add the cream to the blender and puree. Start with the 1/4 cup, then add more if mixture is too thick.
  • Serve on a French baguette with bacon jam.

Bacon Jam:

  • Heat butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and cook until starting to caramelize, about 10 minutes.
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir periodically to ensure the sugar does not burn.
  • Simmer until mixture has become thick and glossy. Remove from heat.
  • Store in the fridge for up to one week.


Calories: 322kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 173mg | Sodium: 598mg | Potassium: 240mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 4635IU | Vitamin C: 8.9mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 3.6mg