The cheese in these chicken fritters forms a crisp outer crust and a lovely cheese pull as you bite into these yummy chicken fritters. Juicy and delicious chicken patties!

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Everyone that tries these cheesy chicken fritters, loves them! They are easy to prepare and very flavorful. The cheese in the batter forms part of the outer crust and a creates an irresistible cheese pull as you bite into these yummy chicken fritters. Marinating the chicken makes it incredibly tender and juicy.

You’ll want to marinate 2 hours or overnight; so there’s a make-ahead option! I served them with a really simple garlic aioli dip but these fritters are still super yummy without the dip (see, I highlighted all of the really important points for my speed readers).

This recipe is really easy to double if you’re feeding a crowd. One of my readers, Nadia, shared these”Kotleti Nezhnost” or Tender Kotleti with us; a recipe her children and family love.

These really are super tender! Nadia used cornstarch (gluten free option) instead of flour but I tested it both ways and I didn’t notice a difference in taste or flavor so you can really use either one for your batter.

Oh and I added some fresh dill which which added great flavor. Somehow dill makes everything taste more Ukrainian. I’d love to claim it as a Ukrainian herb but I’d get hit with a firestorm in the comment section so I won’t go there. lol.

Watch How to Make Tender Chicken Fritters:

Ingredients for Tender Chicken Fritters:

1 1/2 lbs (3 large) chicken breasts
2 large eggs
5 Tbsp (about 1/3 cup) mayonnaise
1/3 cup all-purpose flour (or cornstarch or potato starch for gluten free option)
4 oz (1 1/3 cups) shredded mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 Tbsp chopped fresh dill
1/2 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp black pepper, or to taste
Extra light olive oil, or any high heat cooking oil to sautee

The cheese in these chicken fritters forms a crisp outer crust and a lovely cheese pull as you bite into these yummy chicken fritters. Juicy and delicious chicken patties!

How to Make Chicken Fritters (Kotleti):

1. Using a sharp knife, dice chicken into 1/3″ to 1/2″ thick pieces and set aside.

The cheese in these chicken fritters forms a crisp outer crust and a lovely cheese pull as you bite into these yummy chicken fritters. Juicy and delicious chicken patties!

2. In a medium bowl combine batter ingredients: 2 eggs, 5 Tbsp mayo, 1/3 cup flour, 1 1/3 cups mozzarella, 1 1/2 Tbsp dill, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp black pepper. Stir until well combined. Stir in diced chicken, cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator at least 2 hours, or overnight.

The cheese in these chicken fritters forms a crisp outer crust and a lovely cheese pull as you bite into these yummy chicken fritters. Juicy and delicious chicken patties!

3. Heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat. Add 2 Tbsp oil and when oil is hot, add the chicken mixture a heaping tablespoon at a time (I used a flat ice cream scoop for uniform sizes).

Pat down the fritters with the back of your spoon to flatten them slightly. Saute uncovered 3 – 4 min on the first side then flip and saute uncovered 3 min on the second side or until golden brown and fully cooked through. Repeat with remaining fritters. Remove to a paper towel lined plate.

The cheese in these chicken fritters forms a crisp outer crust and a lovely cheese pull as you bite into these yummy chicken fritters. Juicy and delicious chicken patties!

The cheese in these chicken fritters forms a crisp outer crust and a lovely cheese pull as you bite into these yummy chicken fritters. Juicy and delicious chicken patties!

Serve these chicken fritters with garlic aioli dip if desired and enjoy!! They’d also be great as mini sandwiches (sliders).

The cheese in these chicken fritters forms a crisp outer crust and a lovely cheese pull as you bite into these yummy chicken fritters. Juicy and delicious chicken patties!

Tender Chicken Fritters

4.95 from 113 votes
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
The cheese in these chicken fritters forms a crisp outer crust and a lovely cheese pull as you bite into these yummy chicken fritters. Juicy and delicious chicken patties!
The cheese in the batter forms part of the outer crust and a creates an irresistible cheese pull as you bite into these yummy chicken fritters. Marinating the chicken makes it tender and juicy. Marinate 2 hours or overnight.
Prep Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 16 fritters
  • 1 1/2 lbs 3 large chicken breasts
  • 2 large eggs
  • 5 Tbsp about 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour, or cornstarch or potato starch
  • 4 oz 1 1/3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp black pepper, or to taste
  • Extra light olive oil, or any high heat oil to sautee

Instructions

  • Using a sharp knife, dice chicken into 1/3" to 1/2" thick pieces and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl combine batter ingredients: 2 eggs, 5 Tbsp mayo, 1/3 cup flour, 1 1/3 cups mozzarella, 1 1/2 Tbsp dill, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp black pepper. Stir until well combined. Stir in diced chicken, cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator at least 2 hours, or overnight.
  • Heat a large non-stick pan over med heat. Add 2 Tbsp oil and when hot, add the chicken mixture a heaping Tbsp at a time (I used a flat ice cream scoop). Pat down fritters with the back of your spoon to flatten slightly. Saute uncovered 3 - 4 min on the first side then flip and saute uncovered 3 min on the second side or until golden brown and fully cooked. Repeat with remaining fritters. Remove to a paper towel lined dish.

Nutrition Per Serving

33kcal Calories2g Carbs1g Protein2g Fat1g Saturated Fat1g Trans Fat20mg Cholesterol8mg Sodium11mg Potassium1g Fiber1g Sugar33IU Vitamin A1mg Vitamin C4mg Calcium1mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Tender Chicken Fritters
Amount per Serving
Calories
33
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
2
g
3
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
20
mg
7
%
Sodium
 
8
mg
0
%
Potassium
 
11
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
2
g
1
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
33
IU
1
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
4
mg
0
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Russian
Keyword: Chicken Fritters
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $
Calories: 33
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The cheese in these chicken fritters forms a crisp outer crust and a lovely cheese pull as you bite into these yummy chicken fritters. Juicy and delicious chicken patties!

Nadia, thank you so much for sharing this new family favorite with us! 🙂

 

The cheese in these chicken fritters forms a crisp outer crust and a lovely cheese pull as you bite into these yummy chicken fritters. Juicy and delicious chicken patties!

Natasha Kravchuk

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the creator behind Natasha's Kitchen (established in 2009), and I share family-friendly, authentic recipes. I am a New York Times Best-Selling cookbook author and a trusted video personality in the culinary world. My husband, Vadim, and I run this blog together, ensuring every recipe we share is thoroughly tested and approved. Our mission is to provide you with delicious, reliable recipes you can count on. Thanks for stopping by! I am so happy you are here.

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  • Deborah L Heidenreich
    April 25, 2024

    This recipe is the best..such a great idea with the cheese and so unexpected! The only part I changed was the spice. I put poultry seasoning instead of dill. Everything else was spot on. I made some larger fritters at the end to put on a sandwich bun. That you !!

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  • Ellen
    April 8, 2024

    These were really good ! Used ranch dressing for dipping. Family loved them.

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