Chicken and Mushroom Patties (Kotleti)

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These chicken and mushroom patties are a popular Belarusian entree, also known as Kotleti. The juicy chicken patties are filled with savory mushrooms, such a delicious combination.



Chicken Kotleti:

  • 1 1/2 lbs ground chicken
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 small onion or 1/2 of a large onion, grated
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/21 teaspoon dry herbs and spices (such as garlic powder, dry parsley, chives, thyme, etc.)
  • oil, for pan frying the kotleti (avocado oil, light olive oil, vegetable oil, etc.)

Mushroom Stuffing:

  • 8 oz. fresh mushrooms, (white, button, baby bella, etc.)
  • 1/4 cup dry porcini mushrooms, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon oil or butter
  • 1 shallot or 1/2 an onion, minced
  • salt, ground black pepper,  to taste
  • dry herbs and spices, to taste


Mushroom Filling

  1. Make the Mushroom Filling first, so it can cool off before assembling the chicken patties. 
  2. Pour boiling water over the dry mushrooms to rehydrate them. Set aside while you prep the other ingredients. 
  3. Finely chop the fresh mushrooms, the shallot or onion. 
  4. Drain the dry rehydrated mushrooms and wash them thoroughly. Finely chop the dry mushrooms. 
  5. Heat the butter or oil in a large skillet, then add the mushrooms and shallot/onion.  Season with salt, ground black pepper and dry herbs and spices. Cook on medium heat until the mushrooms and onions are soft and cooked all the way through. They will exude a lot of liquid at first. Cook until all the liquid cooks off. Set aside to cool. 

Chicken and Mushroom Patties

  1. Place the ground chicken in a large mixing bowl. 
  2. Pour the milk over the breadcrumbs. Set aside until softened. 
  3. Grate the onion on the medium/small holes of a box grater. 
  4. Combine all the ingredients for the Chicken Patties (Kotleti) in the large bowl, adding the breadcrumbs, milk, grated onion, egg, sour cream, salt, pepper, dry herbs and spices. Mix it all to combine until it’s evenly mixed.
  5. Use damp/moistened hands to shape the patties(kotleti), otherwise they will be too soft to handle. Keep moistening your hands every time you make another patty.
  6. Take a portion of meat, form it into an oval meatball and make an indentation in the center. Place a heaping Tablespoon of mushroom filling into the center indentation. Cover the mushrooms with more meat on top and the sides of the chicken patty, shaping it into an oval.
  7. Repeat with the remaining meat mixture and the mushroom filling. You should have about 14-16 large kotleti.
  8. Heat 1 Tablespoon of oil in a nonstick skillet on medium heat. Add the chicken patties in batches and cook, covered,  until golden on both sides, approximately 5 minutes per side. 

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