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Russian Cutlets

Pozharsky Cutlets (Russian Ground Chicken Patties)

These POZHARSKY CUTLETS are juicy on the inside and super crunchy on the outside. Elegant yet affordable main dish for Sunday family dinner or holidays.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Russian
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Inactive 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 6 cutlets
Calories 463kcal
Author Iryna


  • ½ lb ground chicken
  • 9 slices Sourdough bread divided
  • 2 oz butter chilled
  • c cream
  • ½ medium onion finely minced
  • ¼ c Mozzarella cheese cut into 6 equal sticks
  • 6 tablespoon neutral oil like Grapeseed oil divided
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Remove crust from 5 slices of bread and cut it into very small cubes. Place the cubes on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for 15 minutes or until slightly browned. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  • Place 2 slices of remaining bread into a shallow bowl and pour over a ⅓ cup of cream. Let it soak for 15 minutes, squeeze out an excess moisture and set aside.
  • Place 2 ounces of butter on a chopping board and cut into very small cubes, approximately ¼ inch thick.
    Place the board with a cubed butter into the freezer for 20 minutes.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a small skillet and over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté it until translucent, about 5-7 minutes.
  • In a large bowl combine ground chicken, sautéed onions, soaked bread and cubes of frozen butter. Season with salt and pepper and mix everything nicely.
  • With your wet hands, take a heaping tablespoon of ground meat and flatten it into a small disc. Place a piece of Mozzarella cheese in the center of a disc and wrap meat around cheese.
  • Fill a shallow bowl with toasted croutons, roll each patty into the croutons, pressing slightly.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 F.
    Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet and over medium heat and fry Pozharsky Cutlets for 2 minutes on each side until slightly golden. You might need to work in batches.
  • Transfer the cutlets to a baking dish and bake for 30 minutes, covered with a foil.
  • Remove from the oven and serve immediately.


---Nutritional Info Should Be Considered An Estimate---


Serving: 1cutlet | Calories: 463kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 19.2g | Fat: 26.2g | Saturated Fat: 7.8g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 712mg | Potassium: 200mg | Fiber: 1.8g | Sugar: 2.4g | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2.9mg