Russian/Ukrainian kotleti to Slavic people is like chicken nuggets to Americans.We all grew up on them.It’s one of those Moms famous foods that are perfect as party food or everyday meal. They are tender,juicy, and well seasoned chicken patties that are fried and steamed or fried and simmered in creamy mushroom sauce.Creamy mushroom sauce can be served as gravy also.Always perfect.Always delicious!
4 chicken breasts*
4 chicken thighs*
2 medium onions chopped
1 carrot grated
2-3 bread slices
milk to soak bread
1 medium potato peeled and grated
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
salt and pepper
Bread crumbs (I get them from Trader Joes)
2 tbsp oil + more for frying
*Or 3-4 lbs ground chicken meat.
1/2 onion finely chopped
1/2 carrots finely grated
6-8 mushrooms sliced or quarted
3/4 chicken broth*
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream*
2 tablespoon flour*
1/4 teaspoon teaspoon pizza seasoning (optional)*
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons butter
* You can make it with out chicken broth,just add more cream and omit flour.The best pizza seasoning for this sauce is from winco (bulk section).I tried from other stores,It’s a little different.
Grind chicken thighs and breast.
Soak bread slices in milk and set a side.
Heat oil in a sauté pan on medium heat.
Saute onions with carrots until soft.
Press through grinder and add to chicken.
Squeeze bread from milk.Press through grinder and add to chicken.
Add potatoes,mayonnaise,salt and pepper to chicken.
Mix everything well, hitting the meat against the bowl( at least 20 times).
Shape them in to preferred size patties.
Heat a frying pan with about 1/2 inch oil ( I use extra light olive oil or avocado oil).
Dredge each patty in breadcrumbs . Fry patties in batches on both sides until golden brown.
If you’re not serving kotleti/patties with mushroom sauce, arrange fried patties in a baking dish or a medium saucepan. I add onions,peppercorns,and bay leaf to the bottom (it’s optional).Pour a small amount of water or chicken broth over patties/kotleti,about 1/2 -3/4 inch from the bottom. If using baking method;heat oven to 350 degrees and bake for about 20-25 minutes. If using stovetop method; bring to a boil then reduce to low and steam for about 10 minutes.This makes kotleti juicy.
Melt butter in a saute pan on medium heat.
Throw in onions.Saute onions until soft.Transfer to a bowl or plate.
Add more butter if needed and sauté carrots for couple of minutes.Transfer to plate with onions.
Add more butter and sauté mushrooms.
Transfer onions and carrots back to a sauté pan with mushrooms,and mix in flour.Cook for about 15 seconds.
Gradually and gently whisk in chicken broth by dribbles at first.Sauce will thicken.Add heavy whipping cream and pizza seasoning.Season with salt.Turn off the heat.
Arrange patties in a medium saucepan and pour the mushroom sauce over kotleti/patties. Let them simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes.Serve with mashed potatoes,pasta or rice.