Juicy ground chicken cutlets mixed together with dill, onion and an egg all in a Vitamix then pan fried to golden perfection. This is Russian comfort food made even easier!
These little ground chicken cutlets are not new to the blog. Not one bit. I blogged about them several years ago, however I have deleted that blog post because it was just hideous. However thanks to the some internet archiving I did find that original post on my very first blog, KISSCOOK. This picture alone is proof as to why I deleted it from the Girl and the Kitchen blog.
Brace yourselves…the bad food pictures are coming…
Oye…the lighting, the blurriness. Aghh it just screams amateur. I cringe, I really do.
I posted them again a few years back on here and several people really went crazy for them. It’s Russian food done really easily and really well.
First I will tell you how important these little ground chicken kotletki are in our family.
Kotletki, are simply put, simple, Russian comfort food. Ground meat (in our case ground chicken) combined with some fresh dill, onion, a good measure of salt and pepper and then pan fried to a very golden brown. They are served piping hot to adults and munchkins alike, for breakfast, lunch and dinner and enjoyed by hungry bellies equally. Truth be told, being mostly plant based, I miss these little babies.
My original recipe featured a modern twist. I added a few more ingredients, zazzed them up a bit and they were always a hit. But…I needed them better and most importantly faster. I have figured out how to speed up the entire prep process to all of 4 minutes…or less.
I have always spoken of my Vitamix fondly. I have made soups, sauces, dips and even desserts in that machine. It’s fantastic! But then I thought, why not grind up meat in there.
So I experimented… I placed some water and an egg on the bottom, then an onion, then the whole chicken breasts and thighs and sprinkled on some dill. I turned the machine on to variable level 5 and worked it through with my plunger.
IT. WORKED. I was a genius. Well not quite a genius. But I knew I would make Russian housewives everywhere happy.
You see kotleti are the equivalent of meatloaf to the Russians. They are a form of nostalgia that just has to exist in our families. We all crave the simplicity of these beautifully plump patties.
My hubs always says that when he was growing up, a frequent Sunday breakfast was kotletki, mashed potatoes and a classic Russian salad. For him, this is the ultimate childhood throwback.
By the way, I do not mean to brag..BUT my mashed potatoes are the creamiest and most velvety mashers…EVER. Seriously. They are hea-ven. And you will never guess the secret ingredient.
This morning while I was cooking these up and attempting to photograph them, my hungry, hungry munchkin Charlie, attempted to steal a kotleka (that’s the singular version of kotletki) while I was readjusting my set-up. Can’t trust anyone with my food anymore.
Look at that dainty hand…
So naturally I took pictures of this sweetness. Little did I know it was all a distraction to steal some mashed potatoes this time. Look at that scheming face 🙂
After a good 10 minutes of trying to get the perfect shot…the munchkin got to eat her lunch. The hubs sat down next to her and having just woken up (he is a night owl so on Sunday’s I let him sleep in) and he said, “Mmmmm the typical Russian breakfast. Thanks babe, this hits the spot.”
And the munchkin…she was just happy sitting next to daddy, occasionally flinging a tomato at his head. Welcome to my Sunday mornings.
- 1.5 pounds boneless, skinless, chicken breast *Note 1
- 1.5 pounds, boneless, skinless chicken thighs *Note 1
- 1 large onion
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp dill
- 2 tbsp water
- salt and pepper to taste
- Coconut oil to fry *Note 2
- Place water, egg, onion, meat and dill into Vitamix in this exact order.
- Use the plunger to carefully work the meat and the onion through on Variable 5. Slowly increase, but do not go up higher than 8 as you may have a puree at that point.
- Stop once everything is evenly and finely processed.
- Pour some olive oil into a large pan and heat up on high.
- I sometimes have a heavy hand with my salt with these little patties. So I always fry up a tiny little piece and test it out for seasoning.
- While the pan is heating up, go ahead and create a little work station for yourself. You will need 1 bowl with water, 1 platter lined with paper towels and the bowl with the meat mixture.
- Once the oil has heated up for about 2-3 minutes you are ready to fry. Dip your hand into the water and take some meat mixture into your hand. Shape the meat patties into little flat footballs, basically the size of your palm. Do this by making a ball with the meat, then flatten it out and shape it to be about the size and thickness if your palm..
- Slide the patties into the oil, careful as to not to burn yourself.
- After 4-5 minutes, flip them carefully with a spatula to continue cooking on the other side. Turn the heat down to medium and continue cooking them. You can also transfer them to a baking sheet and finish cooking them in a 375-degree oven for 10 minutes. This will eliminate the need to fry them on the other side. I have done both methods and they turned out great either way.
- Lay them out on the paper towel once they are done so the excess oil can drip off a bit. You can use a meat thermometer to test for doneness. They should reach a temperature of 160-degrees.
- Serve hot.
Note 2: I prefer coconut oil because it allows the temperature of the oil to get super high without starting to burn. This occurs because of the high smoke point of coconut oil, meaning the point that the fat starts to break down. This allows you to get a beautiful color on the kotletki.
Note 3: You can also bake these from beginning to end in the oven at 450-degrees for about 12 minutes, however sometimes you just do not get that traditional golden color.