Russian Chicken Pelmeni


Dive into the heart of Russian cuisine with Chicken Pelmeni, a beloved traditional dish reminiscent of hearty comfort food. These small, savory dumplings are filled with a flavorful mixture of ground chicken and aromatic spices, then boiled to perfection. Chicken Pelmeni is a versatile dish, often served with a dollop of sour cream or a splash of vinegar, and is a testament to the simplicity and richness of Russian culinary traditions.

Russian Chicken Pelmeni

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 45 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: Approximately 10-12 pelmeni per person

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 350 kcal
  • Protein: 25g
  • Carbohydrates: 40g
  • Fat: 10g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Sodium: 600mg


  • Ground chicken: 500g (1.1 pounds)
  • All-purpose flour: 300g (10.5 ounces) for dough
  • Eggs: 2 (for dough)
  • Water: 60ml (¼ cup) for dough
  • Onion, finely chopped: 1 medium
  • Garlic cloves, minced: 2
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Sour cream, for serving
  • Fresh dill, chopped, for garnish

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Make Dough: Combine flour, eggs, water, and a pinch of salt to form a smooth dough. Let it rest for 30 minutes.
  2. Prepare Filling: Mix ground chicken, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  3. Assemble Pelmeni: Roll out the dough thinly. Cut out circles, place a small amount of filling in each, and fold into dumplings.
  4. Boil Pelmeni: Boil in salted water until they float to the surface, about 5-7 minutes.
  5. Serve: Serve hot with sour cream and garnish with dill.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Thin Dough: Roll the dough as thin as possible for the best texture.
  • Seal Tightly: Ensure the pelmeni are sealed well to prevent them from opening while cooking.
  • Don't Overcook: Boil just until they float to avoid them becoming too soft.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I freeze Pelmeni? 

Yes, they freeze well. Boil directly from frozen when ready to eat.

How to store leftovers? 

Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Can I use a different filling? 

Traditionally, pelmeni are made with a mix of beef and pork, but chicken is a delicious alternative.