A close up of a plate with chicken and pork katleti, garnished with dill

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We just got back from a visit to Cali where my husbands Mama showed me how to make the BEST Chicken and Pork Katleti!! If you have a meat grinder, it’s best to grind your own pork and chicken.

I ate at least 7 of these right away, then snuck about 5 more. I’m still thinking about them. These are so tender and making them smaller like this means you don’t have to bake them after sautéing.

Kotlety are so awesome, they can be served with toothpicks as appetizers or for lunch with mashed potatoes. These are sure to please.

Ingredients for Chicken and Pork Katleti:

1 lb ground pork
1 lb ground chicken
1 egg
1 Tbsp mayo
1 medium onion, grated or super-finely diced
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 Tbsp water, optional – if your meat mix feels too dry
1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs for meat mix
1 1/2 cups Italian breadcrumbs to coat meatballs

How to Make Chicken and Pork Katleti:

1. Cut chicken and pork into strips and put through a meat grinder using the medium/large disk.

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2. Mix together ground pork & chicken, egg, mayo, diced onion, salt, pepper and 1/2 cup breadcrumbs. Mix thoroughly. Add 1 Tbsp water if meat seems too dry – My meat was pretty lean so I added it.

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3. Form 1-inch balls with the katlety mixture. and roll them in bread crumbs. They should be just a bit flattened and not a perfect ball (see pic below).

Chicken and Pork Katleti

4. In a large skillet, heat about 1/4 cup canola, grape seed or sunflower oil over medium heat. It should be enough to just cover the bottom of the pan. Saute meatballs in batches, turning them over a couple times during the process. Add more oil as needed for subsequent batches. Katleti are done when they are golden brown and cooked through.

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Chicken and Pork Katleti (Russian meat patties)

5 from 22 votes
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 10

Instructions

  • Cut chicken and pork into strips and put through a meat grinder using the medium/large disk.
  • Mix together ground pork & chicken, egg, mayo, diced onion, salt, pepper and 1/2 cup breadcrumbs. Mix thoroughly. Add 1 tbsp water if meat seems too dry.
  • Form 1-inch balls with the katlety mixture. They should be just a bit flattened and not a perfect ball. Roll meatballs in bread crumbs.
  • In a large skillet, heat about 1/4 cup canola, grapeseed or sunflower oil over medium heat. It should be enough to just cover the bottom of the pan. Saute meatballs in batches, turning them over a couple times during the process. Add more oil as needed for subsequent batches. Katleti are done when they are golden brown and cooked through.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Russian, Ukrainian
Keyword: katleti
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $
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  • Angelina
    December 16, 2023

    So glad I tried these they were really delicious! I ate three while cooking 😋

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 16, 2023

      Hi Angelina! They are delish! So glad you loved them too.

      Reply

  • Cyndi
    January 20, 2022

    Would give it a 5+
    Melt in your mouth. And oh so tasty.
    I used a home grown rooster and a pork shoulder ground up together.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 20, 2022

      Awesome! Thanks for the perfect feedback and review, Cyndi. I’m happy that you loved this recipe!

      Reply

  • Lakegal
    March 16, 2021

    I followed recipe faithfully and was not disappointed. To me, flavor was reminiscent of McD chicken nuggets. I paired it with plum sauce for dipping. If baking, i recommend you are conservative on your cook time, as I did overcook one batch, based on a comment here. I baked at 350 covered for 45 min, and at 300 uncovered for 20 and the bottoms were a tad overcooked. Keep in mind size of balls as it will be a factor in bake time. Better to undercook and add extra time than to burn them

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 16, 2021

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Marie P.
    January 17, 2020

    OMG, thank you so much. Love learning recipes from different countries. This one is over the top delicious!!! I might not even share them with any of my guests… ahah

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 17, 2020

      I’m so happy to hear you’re enjoying this recipe, Marie!! Thank you for that wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Natalie
    March 2, 2019

    Hey Natasha! Would ground pork and ground chicken already packed work? Also, if made a day ahead, would they taste as great if reheated last right before serving? Thanks!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 3, 2019

      Hi Natalie! These do reheat well! I hope you love that!

      Reply

  • Tatyana
    November 18, 2018

    I should have made a double batch because I was eating them as they were cooking! So good! I’m never going back to beef and pork, these are so tender. Easy to pack for kids for lunches too. I will try baking them next time as some other reviews suggested, although I always fried kotleti before. Thank you for another great recipe!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 18, 2018

      Sounds like you found a new favorite Tatyana!!

      Reply

  • Desiree A Ventra
    June 8, 2018

    This is the 2nd time I made them and remembered why I loved them so much!!! I also baked them in the oven because I am not big frying and much less fat too! I used Italian bread crumbs for the meat mixture and Italian bread crumbs with Italian panko bread crumbs and percorino ramano cheese to roll the balls in and they came out perfect and so yummy! I made 4lbs for 4 adults and 3 small children and only have about 1lb left over EVERYONE ate and loved them. I made my balls smaller so the kids would eat them and they did!!! Thanks for the recipe, will be making them often and sharing as well!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 8, 2018

      That’s so awesome, Desiree! Sounds like you found a new family favorite! Thanks for sharing the bread crumbs tip with all of us 🙂

      Reply

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