Chicken Kotlet (Chicken Cutlet, کتلت مرغ) is the food like a hamburger that Iranians make with potato and chicken. According to the name of this food and some historical evidence, chicken cutlet originated in Europe and eventually in France. It paved its way to Iran in the 19th century. Soon after it became a popular dish of Persian cuisine and created a massive fan club for itself, Iranians make this food with several ingredients and different methods of their own. Nevertheless, this food is very similar to the Persian Shami Kabab, which Iranians, have been making during years. Chicken kotlet is considered as unofficial food. It is an excellent choice for the workplace or a snack at school or university. It is the first choice of Iranians for a picnic menu. The primary type of it is made with ground beef and split chickpeas, in this post, we are going to describe another popular kind of this food, Chicken Cutlet.
Different types of Chicken kotlet:
Iranians make different kinds of cutlets by changing one or several ingredients. Chicken Kotlet includes chicken and potatoes as main ingredients, but the grains and spices added to these components, make different tastes and flavors. The most delicious chicken cutlet is made with chicken, cooked(boiled) potato, peas, and some spices. It usually takes less time compared to others while preparing [aring and has a more similar taste to Shami Kabab.however, in some regions they may add other grains such as split chickpeas, and in some areas, they won’t add any grains at all. They may also use different spices, such as Turmeric, thyme, pepper, ginger, etc.
Important Nutrition Facts:
Chicken kotlet has fewer calories compared to its beef-based fellows. It has 194 kcal per 100gr. Moreover, it has 19.98gr carbohydrates per 100gr, 9.17gr protein, and 8.74gr fat. Furthermore, it includes vitamins such as 58.31mg vitamin B4, 9.63gr vitamin C, and 3.04 mg vitamin E, and a little bit of every other vitamin. It also includes 886mg sodium, 120mg phosphor, 30mg calcium, 401mg potassium, and 28mg magnesium. Moreover, it includes other essential minerals for the body. However, since it is fried in oil, if you are suffering from high blood cholesterol, you’d better not eat chicken cutlet. For correct calculation, add nutritions of bread and other sandwich items, such as tomatoes and pickles.
Chicken kotlet includes chicken as a primary ingredient. Therefore you cannot cook vegan Chicken cutlet. However, you can prepare a very delicious vegan Kotlet by using lentils, cooked (boiled) potato, Kinova seeds, flour, parsley, and chia seeds. To do so, you should soak all the grains, and then cook them with some water after the grains are softened mix all the ingredients in a grinder. You can add spices such as pepper and Turmeric to your taste. Then shape the dough in your hand (in a palm-size circle) and fry them in vegetable oil. Of course, as I mentioned before, for more pleasure, make a Kotlet sandwich with, Kotlet, pickles, and firm tomatoes. You can add lettuce, chips, ketchup sauce, and parsley according to your liking.
Iranians serve Chicken Kotlet with bread as a sandwich as the main course in dinner or lunch. However, it can be a great choice of brunch and evening snack, too. It is not an official dish, and they serve it in casual gatherings or only regular daily menus. A dish of salad, especially lettuce salad, or Shirazi Salad best accompanies this food. I recommend you to serve a cup of soup before this food as a starter. Sabzi Khordan and Torshi (Persian pickles) can be served as side dishes, but they are not common. For the best serving style, prepare french baguettes, Khiarshoor(pickles), firm tomatoes(thinly sliced), and parsley. Then make Kotklet sandwiches. Ketchup sauce can finish the delightfulness of this sandwich. All drinks are welcomed next to Kotlet. However, many people may prefer sweet sodas, such as Kola next to their cutlet chicken sandwiches.
What are the ingredients of Chicken kotlet?
The main ingredient is chicken. I recommend you to use chicken breast meat. For one entire chicken breast, you need a cup of cooked peas. A big potato is another essential ingredient. Moreover, you need two eggs to make a paste from ingredients. Spices are the critical components of Cutlets. For example, Turmeric, pepper, salt, and saffron are the best spices for chicken kotlet.
Moreover, Flour or crunch powder is needed, too. Finally, you need a notable amount of vegetable oil for your Kotlets in. Do not forget to prepare bread for sandwiches. I recommend baguettes or Lavash to serve along with chichen cutlet.
How to cook Chicken kotlet?
To cook Chicken kotlet, first cook the potatoes (cook them with water until they soften). Moreover, cook the peas separately. Do not forget to soak the peas before cooking. Ground the chicken with an onion and distill the onion’s juice thoroughly. Mix the meat, shredded potatoes, grounded peas, and spices together. Then, add flour or crunch powder and eggs. Knead the ingredients. Take an egg-size amount of the dough and flatten it in your palm—Fry the circle shape cutlets in the adequate amount of vegetable oil.
This recipe is adequate for up to six people. The preparation time is 30 minutes(or 1.5 hours) and the cooking time is about 40 minutes.
- 1 entire chicken breast
- 1 onion
- 1 cup cooked peas
- 2 potatoes
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoon flour(or crunch powder)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon saffron
- 4 tablespoon vegetable oil
- Cook potatoes with water. As the water boils, potatoes will soften
- Shred the onions on the meat
- Ground the meat, peas, and cooked potatoes together. (you can also ground the meat, onion, and peas, and then shred the potatoes)
- Pout the mixture in a bowl
- Add eggs
- Add spices
- Add saffron
- Knead the components well
- If you have time, let the mixture rest in the fridge for 1 hour
- Pout the flour on a tray
- Take an egg-size amount of mixture between your hands, cover it with the flour in the tray (roll it on the tray)
- Flatten the dough between your hands
- Pout it into a pan filled with hot oil and fry the cutlets
Uniqop’s Advice:Soak the peas for more than 5 hours and add caraway seeds while cooking to avoid bloating. You can prepare your crunch powder by drying some bread and grounding them. You can use the spices in this recipe for any Kotlet.