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Chicken patties with pistachios, cumin, coriander and sumac

I enjoy experimenting with different types of meatballs or meat patties, not only changing the type of meat used but also the seasoning and the shapes.  Here I created a recipe that is influenced by Persian flavors, and the chicken could easily be replaced with lamb.

Meatballs are often more flavorful if pan fried but baking in the oven not only reduces amount of fat, it also is much easier which makes for an even better reason.  I serve these chicken patties with a large salad, a side of Cacik (yoghurt, dill and garlic) and some warm flat bread for a weekend lunch, or weekday dinner.

Chicken patties with pistachios, cumin, coriander and sumac

I enjoy experimenting with different types of meatballs or meat patties, not only changing the type of meat used but also the seasoning and the shapes.  Here I created a recipe that is influenced by Persian flavors, and the chicken could easily be replaced with lamb.

Meatballs are often more flavorful if pan fried but baking in the oven not only reduces amount of fat, it also is much easier which makes for an even better reason.  I serve these chicken patties with a large salad, a side of Cacik (yoghurt, dill and garlic) and some warm flat bread for a weekend lunch, or weekday dinner.

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Ingredients

Recipe serves: 6
2 pounds (950 grams) ground chicken (breast or thigh meat)
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup fresh cooked spinach, finely chopped
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons sumac
1 teaspoon coriander
1/2 cup shelled pistachios, roughly chopped
2 teaspoons kosher (or flakey) salt
freshly ground pepper
optional: vegetable oil for frying
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Chicken patties with pistachios, cumin, coriander and sumac
  • time
    1 hour
  • serves
    6
  • skill level
    Easy

Ingredients

Directions

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Preheat oven to 350F(180C).

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In a medium bowl add all the ingredients (aside from vegetable oil) and mix together well.

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Using a large soup spoon or ice cream scoop, form meat into ball shapes and place on a baking tray. You can form in round shape, oblong or like a small hamburger.

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Bake

Bake in oven for 18 minutes, change to broil and brown for 3 minutes, turn over and brown again for another 3 minutes.

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Serve at warm or at room temperature with yoghurt or Cacik (yoghurt, garlic and dill).

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Fry

Preheat large saute pan over medium heat and then change to lower setting.

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Drizzle vegetable oil to coat the base of the pan and fry several meatballs at a time until forms brown crust, flip over and brown other side- takes about 6 minutes per side.