Russian Meatballs – Tefteli

Creamy, Chicken Meatballs
Creamy, Chicken Meatballs
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For the meatballs:
1–1¼ lb Ground Chicken thighs
1 cup White rice cooked, cooled to room temp or colder
1 Large eggs
1 Onion small , grated
1 clove Garlic pressed
1 tsp Salt
¼ tsp Black pepper
½ cup All-purpose flour for dredging
2 tbsp Vegetable oil
For the cream sauce:
2 tbsp Butter
2 tbsp All-purpose flour
2 cups Chicken broth reduced sodium
¼ cup Sour cream or Greek yogurt, or heavy cream
½ - 1 tsp Ground paprika more if you like a little spice in your life
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
Parsley fresh , chopped, for garnish

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Russian Meatballs – Tefteli


My kids love these Tefteli – Chicken Meatballs in a Cream Sauce and I make them for dinner so often that I could now probably make them in my sleep!  My daughter loves getting involved in rolling the meatballs and I don’t mind because that is probably the hardest part of this whole recipe. I add cooked rice to my meatball mixture which is a traditional Russian kitchen secret and the creamy, garlic sauce will have everyone licking their plates clean.

To make Russian Meatballs – Tefteli, you will need the following ingredients:

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Steps to make Russian Meatballs – Tefteli


Combine meatball mixture


In a large bowl, mix 1–1¼ pounds of ground chicken, 1 cup cooked rice, 1 large egg, 1 grated onion, 1 pressed garlic clove, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper until well combined.


Roll meatballs


Using your hands, roll the mixture into 1-1¼-inch thick balls.


Dip in flour


Dip the meatballs in a bowl filled with about ½ cup of flour, to coat and shake off any excess.


Cook meatballs


In a large skillet over medium heat, heat 2 tablespoon of oil and add the prepared meatballs. Saute for about 4 minutes on one side, then turn over, cover the skillet with a lid and cook for another 3 minutes until golden brown on all over and cooked through the center. Set aside on a plate.


Combine butter and flour


Prepare the sauce in the same pan over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter and then whisk in 2 tablespoons of flour. Continue mixing until combined and golden.


Add chicken broth


Pour in 2 cups of chicken broth and whisk until the liquid begins to thicken.


Add sour cream


Add ¼ cup of sour cream and stir to combine.


Add seasoning


Season with ½ teaspoon of paprika, ½ teaspoon of sea salt and ⅛ teaspoon of black pepper, or more, to taste. Bring to a simmer and continuously stir until the sauce has thickened enough to lightly coat a meatball.


Add meatballs


Once thick enough, add the meatballs back into the skillet and turn into the sauce to coat. Cook the meatballs until heated through then remove from the heat.



Garnish with sprinkles of fresh parsley or dill and serve with mashed potatoes or noodles, if you wish!

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Total Reviews: 21
Emalyn Senkus

They needed a more creamy sauce..and BADLY because they are dry without it.

Grayson Fezza

My kids gobbled these up with some cheesy garlic bread on the side! Very satisfied.

Capri Gribbon

Can't say much about this because its hard to describe perfection in a single sentence ;)

Gretchen Takaki

Replaced a few things like vege oil for sunflower and white rice for brown.

Marcella Groetsch

Yummy and fun to make thanks a bunch.

Toni Sorelle

This took forever to cook but well worth it, they melted in my mouth and were extremely flavorful, maybe slightly too much salt but still good meal for sure.

Audree Savich

Not my personal favorite russian meal i much prefer lighter things like the Sauerkraut soup but it was still tasty.

Dalia Dailey

Tefteli is very good glad I decided to make them but after two days they do go bad.

Reece Barty

Added a bunch of cheese to these and will be serving it with macaroni next time around.

Ivana Canidate

First Russian meal I've ever made really love them

Asha Shomer

Salty but delicious with sour cream on the top too.

Emi Nawrot

Huge crowd pleaser my family was extremely happy and ended up taking some screenshots of the ingriedents hahaa.

Aiyanna Nau

There's just so much going on in this meal I'm not too sure if i'll be able to perfect it but going to try! Wish me luck.

Wren Soscia

Took me over 2 hours to make these not 30 minutes.

Ali Bunfill

Parsley is overwhelming in this don't add it if youre not normally a fan of greens in your dishes.

Jaylyn Sawatzky

I wanted to add a bit of a kick so tossed in a few slices of bell pepper and a drop of hot sauce.

Miyah Finkley

Wonderful Russian meal loved every bite of it.

Azalea Labhart

Creamy sauce in this really brings out the flavor going to be making it in other things too.

Yaretzy Wig

Proud to be a fan of Ruth's best dishes on this website so far in my opininon.

Skylynn Onasch

Good idea will make them tonight with a glass of red wine!


Well done! Approved!

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