Russian-Style Chicken Cutlets
- ACTIVE: 5 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 25 MIN
- SERVINGS: 4
So simple and so goodthese cutlets are a case where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Ground chicken is often disappointingly dry, but here a bit of butter and cream keep the meat moist.
- 2 slices good-quality white bread, crusts removed
- 1/4 cup half-and-half
- 1 pound ground chicken
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
- 5 tablespoons butter, 3 of them at room temperature
- 1 cup dry bread crumbs
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- Break the bread into pieces. In a large bowl, soak the bread in the half-and-half until the liquid is absorbed, about 2 minutes. Mix in the chicken, egg, salt, pepper, dill, and the 3 tablespoons room-temperature butter. Put in the freezer for about 10 minutes to firm up.
- Remove the chicken mixture from the freezer; it will still be very soft. Form the mixture into four oval cutlets and coat them with the bread crumbs.
- In a large, nonstick frying pan, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons butter and the oil over moderate heat. Cook the cutlets until golden brown and just done, 4 to 5 minutes per side.
The butteriness of the juicy cutlets contrasts beautifully with the racy freshness of an uncomplicated red wine. A Beaujolais from France or a Merlot from Trentino in Northern Italy or will be perfect.