Tender Chicken Fritters – Куриные Отбивные “Нежность”
These chicken fritters have been a family favorite ever since I was a little girl. We would often make them for parties and they were popular with most of our guests. It’s no wonder that this is one of the first recipes that I’ve shared on this blog. The tender chicken fritter is full of juicy meat and it’s all encased in a delicate batter.
They are a perfect make-ahead dish. You cut up the chicken, make the batter and leave it refrigerated until you are ready to make it a few hours later or oven the next day. The leftover chicken batter can also be frozen, for a quick dinner option somewhere down the road. These golden beauties can be served as an elegant dinner but can also be enjoyed in between two pieces of bread for a sandwich.
Yields: About 30 chicken patties
2 lbs chicken, chopped into 1/4 in pieces (you can use any part of the chicken)
3 tbsp cornstarch
4 Tbsp mayonnaise
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
poultry seasoning, or any other herb/spice mixture, I like McCormick’s Montreal Chicken, optional
Chop the chicken into tiny pieces, 1/8-1/4 inch. Season the chicken with salt, pepper, paprika, poultry seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder. Mix in a large mixing bowl with the rest of the ingredients. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Heat 1 Tbsp of oil in a nonstick skillet on med-high high until shimmering. Using a big spoon, scoop and shape the meat mixture into oval shapes. Cook until golden brown, about 3 min per side.Print
Tender Chicken Fritters
- Prep Time: 20 mins
- Cook Time: 40 mins
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Yield: 30 patties 1x
- Category: Entree
- 2 lbs chicken, chopped into 1/4 in pieces (you can use any part of the chicken)
- 4 eggs
- 3 tbsp cornstarch
- 4 Tbsp mayonnaise
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- poultry seasoning, or any other herb/spice mixture, I like McCormick’s Montreal Chicken, optional
- oil, for cooking the fritters (avocado oil, light olive oil, grapeseed, etc.)
- Chop the chicken into tiny pieces, 1/8-1/4 inch.
- Season the chicken with salt, pepper, paprika, poultry seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder. Mix in a large mixing bowl with the rest of the ingredients. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
- Heat 1 Tbsp of oil in a nonstick skillet on med-high high until shimmering. Using a big spoon, scoop and shape the meat mixture into oval shapes. Cook until golden brown, about 3 min per side.
i love these. recently started grinding the meat instead of cutting into tiny pieces. Tastes just a good and saves time 🙂
What a great idea! I kind of like having chunks of meat in these patties, but I’m sure using ground meat not only saves time, but also produces really tender, juicy patties.
Yum! Definitely will be try this tomorrow!!! 🙂
Olga, is there anything else you can use instead of the cornstarch? im not a big fan of cornstarch and i dont use it.
Hi Nadia, you can use flour, but the texture will be different. Is there a reason that you can’t use cornstarch?
Olga, I have never used cornstarch in recipes. i have always used flour. but i will try this with cornstarch today and next time i will try it with flour.
When using cornstarch in recipes like this, for thickening purposes, it will be a much cleaner taste and much silkier and smoother texture. Flour works too, but I like cornstarch better.
These turned out to be SO good! Thank you for such an easy and tasty recipe!
Thank you for the recipe! I loved the tiny pieces of chicken. I never would have thought of using corn starch. These were delicious!
Olga I was wondering if it would be ok to use onion instead of onion powder??
I wouldn’t recommend using onion in this recipe. Since the chicken cook VERY quickly it won’t be enough time for the onion to cook through, unless you over cook the chicken, and that won’t taste good. If you want to use a grated onion, it could work, but in my opinion, it the raw onion will taste very harsh and overpower the tender chicken, especially since the meat mixture needs to marinate.
Dear Olga, blessings for you, i tried this recipe today & amazed results…….as a mom of picky eater boys always looking for easy& taste full recipes,i used TACO SEASONING MIX instead of onion&garlic powder. THANKS ONCE AGAIN
That’s awesome, spice! I don’t have any children, but I’m sure I would be thrilled to find something they enjoyed. I’m so glad you all liked the Chicken Tenders.
Olga, reading your reply that you do not have any children made my heart smile that you now have children for whom you can cook tasty meals. God is good. Thank you for this recipe. i am not much of a meat/poultry eater even though I am ukrainian and grew up on this food but I really enjoyed this recipe. I love that it can be frozen and also grinded the chicken since I have a meat grinder and it saved me time. My 4 year old loves it too. Hubby was in heaven since I rarely cook meat/poultry dishes.Thanks again!
Thank-you for sharing. I have been trying to come up with a way to make chicken patties that are a healthier than the mystery meat patties at the store. but are also not dry. These look like they fit the bill. thanks, again. will be trying these SOON!
Yep! I totally agree, Theresa. Easy, simple meals can be homemade and delicious too. I stay away from convenience food altogether. I strongly believe that homemade is best. It taste SO much better too.
I made these the other day and they were so good. There are also simple and easy and don’t take long. Thanks for the recipe!
Yep. That’s why I like them. They are so simple to make:).
Olga, I just made these & they were super delicious!!! My whole family loved them!!! Thank you for this great & super easy recipe 🙂
I’m so glad you liked them, Julie. Thanks for letting me know.
These were so good! My husband & daughter really liked them! I love that they turned out exactly like in your pictures 🙂 I halved the recipe & still have enough for leftovers. Will be saving this one. Thanks, Olga!
I’m thrilled to hear that you enjoyed them, Julia. Thanks for taking the time to let me know.
You mention freezing the batter – would you freeze it with the chicken as well? Also, how long could the mixture stay in the fridge? Thanks…making this right now. 🙂
Yes, I freeze the whole batter, with the chicken.
I don’t usually keep meat in the refrigerator for more than one day. In the freezer, it can last for a few months.
Thank you Olga, for your response. Made these for dinner tonight (I halfed the recipe), and leftovers are not an option! I try to teach my son to not say ‘ew’ to food, so we often say whether or not we will ‘eat at this restaurant again’…well, he said he would eat at this restaurant again. Another success with one of your recipes. Thank you!
That is so creative, Theresa. I love that approach with children and food. I’ll be borrowing it when I have older children as well.
I’m so happy that you all enjoyed the Chicken Patties.
I absolutely LOVED these! Thank you so much Olga. For me the fastest way to cut the chicken into pieces was by cutting it with Kitchen Aid scissors. Worked awesome!!! Loved having little pieces instead of regular ground meat.
I like to have the pieces of meat as well. It’s a little different than kotleti, for example.
Is there anything I can use instead of eggs? I’m just all out and absolutely love these patties
No, this recipe will not work without eggs, Maria.
How would i freeze these ? Cook them and freeze it or just freeze the batter ?
Thank you 🙂
Freeze the batter, Julie. Then thaw and continue with the recipe, cooking the chicken patties. They will taste just as fresh.
Hi Olga, I heard amazing reviews about these chicken patties so I really want to give them a try, what side would you say works really well with these?
These chicken patties will go with just about anything – potatoes, pasta, rice. I love serving them with mashed potatoes or roasted potatoes.
Hi Olga! can i freeze already cooked chicken patties?
For the best quality, I would recommend freezing the chicken batter, not the already cooked patties, Galina.
Hi olga first off congrats on your new addition to the family is know that you’re probably going to be reading this sometime after but I just wanted to say thank you tons for this yummy delish recipe wow cornstarch and mayo work wonders in these particular recipes made this on Friday morning had some for the Friday sabbath evening meal and I must say they were so very good yummmm and tasty thanx again darlin for all your great recipes hope to see more in the near future cheers
Hi Olga. LOVE you and your site!! Do you have any tips on cutting the chicken off the bone and into small pieces for this recipe? It seems like it’s going to be tedious and time-consuming, but that’s perhaps because I’ve never cut up raw chicken into tiny pieces like this before. I’d love any tips you have to share!
Yes, it can be a bit time consuming. I don’t think there are any tips to make it faster, although a sharp knife definitely helps:). It actually doesn’t take that long, once you get started. You can just buy boneless chicken to make it faster. You can use a food processor or even use ground chicken, although the texture will be a bit different.
I like to use kitchen scissors. I find they really speed things up.
Very delicious recipe! My one year old loved these because they would fall apart into perfect bite sizes for her 🙂
That’s awesome, Tanya:).
Can you use ground chicken for this recipe?
I think chicken pieces work much better for this particular recipe, but you can use ground chicken as well.
Dear olga. We don’t really eat mayonnaise. Will it be a big change if I don’t put mayo or can I put Greek yogurt instead? Thank you
The best thing from the chicken breast. Great recipe. So delicious