Tasty Thursday: Chicken Rissoles

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Sometimes, you just need something crunchy, savory and fried.

Yes, health freaks, you can leave now.

A couple of weeks ago, I made these chicken rissoles from my trusty cookbook for some Turkish food. They used to be a staple in our household until I got lazy and made pasta with sauce from jars. Don’t judge.

However, they are actually really easy (you know me, I never cook anything that’s hard). You really should try these. I think kids may like them too – they sure are better than them frozen chicken nuggets.


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Chicken Rissoles
An easy and delicious recipe for chicken rissoles
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For the chicken rissoles
  1. 1 slice white bread, crusts removed
  2. 1 lb/ 500g chicken mince
  3. 1 medium onion, finely sliced
  4. 1/2 tsp salt
  5. 1/2 tsp pepper
  6. 1/2 tsp paprika
  7. 2 tbsp lemon juice
  8. 2 tbsp finely chopped parsley
  9. 4 tbsp feta cheese, crumbled
  10. 1/2 cup/ 125g flour for coating
  11. Oil for frying
For the yogurt & lemon sauce
  1. 1 garlic clove, crushed
  2. 1 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  3. 1/2 cp/ 120ml thick yogurt
  4. 3 tbsp lemon juice
  5. Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Soak the bread slice in a little water. Squeeze out the water and crumble into a bowl. Add the minced chicken and remaining ingredients, except the flour and oil.
  2. Mix well to combine, then knead with one hand to distribute the ingredients evenly.
  3. Take a tablespoon of mixture, with wet hands, shaped into a ball and flatten slightly.
  4. Coat rissoles in flour, shaking of excess.
  5. Fry in a shallow layer of hot oil for about 3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Place onto absorbent paper to drain.
  6. Serve hot with yogurt and lemon sauce.
  7. To make the yogurt and lemon sauce, place all ingredients into a bowl and whisk until smooth and well-combined.
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This makes for a really yummy snack or appetizer.





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  • January 26, 2012 jlweinberg/jen

    Those look really delicious, and since my son is addicted to Tyson chicken nuggets I’d really like to try them. Here’s an embarrassing question: You have to mince the chicken yourself, right? Will a butcher do it for you? (I hate handling meat.)(And I pretty much don’t know how to cook.)
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    • January 26, 2012 Alison

      Key word – easy. I buy minced chicken!! Do try them, they’re so yummy.

  • January 26, 2012 Stasha

    They do sound easy enough. And I must say they look rather healthy. Fried is not always bad for you, just think bananas, right 🙂
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    • January 27, 2012 Alison

      Yes, exactly. I like the way you think 🙂

  • January 26, 2012 Jessica

    Wow, these look delicious!
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  • January 26, 2012 Bruna

    Okay, you’re the 2nd person I’ve read tonight who talked about food or shared a recipe and now, at 10pm at night, I’m absolutely craving a yummy snack.

    These Chicken things look good. Must try them. I’ll do anything to add spice to our usual menu items.

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    • January 27, 2012 Alison

      Let me know how it goes down when you try it!

  • January 26, 2012 Jessica

    Sounds good. I think I would dip in something else but not sure what…
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    • January 27, 2012 Alison

      Tabasco sauce? Something spicy would work too.

  • January 26, 2012 Ann

    No judging here…these look absolutely terrific! LOVE the way they are stacked next to the dip! Speaking of…lemon yogurt sauce? YUM!
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    • January 27, 2012 Alison

      Easiest thing to whip up too!

  • January 26, 2012 Missy

    Do you mince the chicken yourself? It looks delish!
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    • January 27, 2012 Alison

      Hell no, I buy them minced 😉

  • January 26, 2012 Galit Breen

    Sounds like delicious friend goodness! Yum!

    {And not a tomato in sight! Hee!}
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    • January 27, 2012 Alison

      Haha yes, no tomatoes!

  • January 26, 2012 Natalie

    Now Alison why did you put this recipe out AFTER I decided to eat healthier? No fair dude!
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    • January 27, 2012 Alison

      I’m pretty sure you can make it healthier! Like substitute the chicken with something else. Turkey?

  • January 26, 2012 Maureen

    That looks yummy but quite different than the rissoles we have here 😀
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    • January 27, 2012 Alison

      How are the ones there like? This is directly from a Turkish cook book 🙂

  • January 26, 2012 Mrs. Jen B

    I’ve never heard of these, and I’m deeply intrigued! Especially by the sauce – I would probably dip just about anything into that! 😉
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    • January 27, 2012 Alison

      Oh yes, it’s delicious AND SO EASY!

  • January 26, 2012 Barbara

    That looks and sounds delicious
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  • January 27, 2012 Jessica

    These DO look delicious. Also, I’m alarmed at the number of ‘Jessica’s’ commenting here. It’s like a flashback to freshman year of college – we were everywhere (well, 2nd to the Jennifer’s).
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    • January 27, 2012 Alison

      Jessicas a:)nd Kimberlys are abound here

  • January 27, 2012 Suniverse

    Now I’m starving. YUM.
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    • January 27, 2012 Alison

      Go make some now!

  • January 27, 2012 Helene

    Are you kidding? The minute I read that feta cheese was in this recipe, I was sold!

    They look delicious!!!
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    • January 27, 2012 Alison

      OMG the feta cheese in it is delish!

  • January 27, 2012 Lady Jennie

    I saw your tweet earlier and I was like, what the heck is a rissole? This looks so so good!!
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    • January 27, 2012 Alison

      It’s just a fancy word for chicken ‘cake’ 😉

  • January 27, 2012 Kristen

    That looks so much better than the Chickfila we ate!
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    • January 27, 2012 Alison

      Oh girl, anything homemade is better than Chickfila!

  • January 27, 2012 Jen Has A Pen

    Are you boiling the chicken or using rotisserie?
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    • January 27, 2012 Alison

      Neither! I mix them raw with all the other stuff, coat it in flour and fry them!

  • January 27, 2012 JDaniel4s Mom

    These look wonderful! They would be great for a Super Bowl party!
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    • January 27, 2012 Alison

      Oh yes, they would!

  • January 27, 2012 Elena

    Oh my gosh…I need these. Now!
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    • January 27, 2012 Alison

      Yeah girl, go make them now!

  • January 27, 2012 Carolyn

    I love paprika and Feta – this is my kind of recipe!
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    • January 27, 2012 Alison

      Do try it and let me know how you like it!

  • January 27, 2012 My Inner Chick

    —OOOO, MY Goodness.

    You. Are. A. Foodie. Too.

    this looks DEeeeLISH. X
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    • January 27, 2012 Alison

      It totally IS delish!

  • January 27, 2012 Kimberly

    Now I’m hungry. That sounds delicious!
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    • January 27, 2012 Alison

      It totally is, my dear Kimsley. You should come over for a meal.

  • January 27, 2012 tracy

    Oh these sounds super yummy and easy! I am making them for sure!
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    • January 27, 2012 Alison

      Yay, do!!!

  • January 28, 2012 Leighann

    Those look WAY better than anything you can get at a fast food restaurant!
    Please move here and be my neighbour.
    Or live with me.

  • January 28, 2012 Jessica

    This recipe looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing!
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  • January 28, 2012 Kelley

    Mmm, mmm, mmmmm!!! I’m on Weight Watchers right now (gotta lose those 10 pounds!), but I make exceptions all the time, especially for really good fried things like these. Thanks for sharing!
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    • January 28, 2012 Alison

      Just eat one 🙂

  • January 28, 2012 Rach (DonutsMama)

    Oh these do look yum. I wonder if I could make these with ground turkey? That’s easier to find at the store than ground chicken for some reason.
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    • January 28, 2012 Alison

      Yes, I think you can sub the chicken with turkey – probably healthier too.

  • January 29, 2012 Mrs. Weber

    Holy mac, those look delicious. And you always have me interested with your food photography. Yum!
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    • January 29, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Lauren! I think my photography is miles from being good, but I’m practicing!

  • January 29, 2012 dumb mom

    Those do look delicious. I’m pretty sure I gained a pound just looking at them.
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    • January 29, 2012 Alison

      Imagine, I had to eat them 😉

  • January 30, 2012 Mama Track

    Those look awesome. I honestly don’t know how you find the time!
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