Sunday, March 8, 2009

Russian Ground Chicken Cutlets (Kotlety Pozharskie)

The Amazing Race's pit stop in Russia

  • 1/4 c milk
  • 2 lb chicken breasts, boned & skinned
  • 5 ea white bread slices
  • 1/4 lb unsalted butter
  • 3/4 ts salt
  • 1/2 ts white pepper
  • 2 c dried bread crumbs
  • 10 tb unsalted butter

  1. Put 5 bread slices in a bowl and pour in the milk. Soak the bread for 15 minutes. Squeeze the bread dry being careful not to tear it up.
  2. Grind the chicken fine then combine with the bread slices. Gradually beat in the 1/4 lb of butter that you have softened, along with the salt & pepper, until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Make 6 patties from this mixture. Roll them in the bread crumbs coating them completely.
  4. Take the 10 tablespoons of butter and clarify them in large skillet over a low heat. Remove from heat and allow to sit for 3 minutes so the whey will settle out. Spoon off the clear butter, dump the whey, and return 6 tablespoons of the butter to the skillet. Place over a medium- high heat and when hot fry the patties
    for approx. 5-6 minutes per side or until done to suit your taste.
  5. Serve at once, pour remaining butter over the patties. Very good with a dollop of plain yogurt or sour cream on each patty.

Notes: Wow. I was not expecting to love this recipe as much as I did. I used one pound of local ground chicken breast from my co-op, made my own breadcrumbs from white bread, and otherwise followed the (halved) recipe. I will definitely be making this again! I think it would be wonderful in a Chicken Parmigiana-type meal.

Liz's Rati
ng: 9.5/10
Tim's Rating: 9.5/10


Jaime said...

I usually clarify butter in the microwave. Same process, but a little easier/quicker.

WeezerMonkey said...

I don't think I've ever had Russian food. Looks good!

Anonymous said...

Those look SOOOOOO delicious! And the picture is SO VIBRANT! You are totally going to have to give me some pointers! :)

Anonymous said...

The chicken looks so crispy! Yummy!

Anonymous said...

I love The Amazing Race - what a great idea to cook along with the show!