Chicken Kotleti in Mushroom Sauce

Chicken Kotleti_

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.


Mushroom sauce:

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.

Chicken Kotleti


Mushroom Sauce:

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.









Crepes with Meat Filling

crepes with meat

These are my favorite  type of crepes from childhood.They are so delicious and addicting. Crepes with meat filling are perfect  for breakfast and make ahead meals.I like to make them with cooked beef,but you can use chicken,turkey or pork. Meat is cooked and grinded,then sautéed until slightly browned with lots of onions.Then the crepes are gently fried in little butter on both sides to make it crunchy.

Ingredients for crepes:

2 cups flour
3 eggs
1 teaspoon sugar
2 pinches of salt
2 tablespoons oil
2 2/3 cup milk


1 lb of beef ( I used tri-tip)
1 big onion plus one small for the stock
5 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper
beef stock (from the cooked meat)
2-3 bay leaves
about 8 cups water

2 hard boiled eggs diced (optional)



In a pot bring water to boil. Add meat, bay leaves, onion,salt and pepper. Cook with closed lid on low heat until meat is soft and tender.

In a bowl whisk together eggs,milk,salt,sugar,and oil. Gently add sifted flour .Whisk until no lumps are visible.
On medium heat, heat a nonstick skillet and brush little bit of butter or oil.Pour some batter in the skillet and swirl the pan around with your hands.Flip the crepes using a spatula and let the other side get golden a little.Same method as for pancakes just the batter is thinner and spreads all over the frying pan.

Filling directions:

Grind the meat from the stock using meat grinder.
Add butter and onions to a saute pan. Cook the onions on med-high until soft. Add the meat,salt and lots of fresh ground pepper. Add 1 cup of beef stock.Cook until meat is slightly browned stiring occasionally.Add eggs if desired.

Place about 1-2 tablespoons of the filling on the bottom edge of the crepe. Fold it into an envelope. Repeat with the rest of the crepes.

Heat a small frying pan on low heat .Melt about 2-3 tablespoons butter. Place the folded crepe and fry on low heat until golden in color.
Serve with  plain sour cream or sour cream dressing ( recipe below)
Mix together 3 tablespoons sour cream,1-2 garlic crushed,2 tablespoons finely chopped baby dill, pinch of salt and pepper.