Chicken polpette with spinach and fetta yoghurt

Jill Dupleix
Chicken polpette with spinach and fetta yoghurt.
Chicken polpette with spinach and fetta yoghurt. Photo: Marina Oliphant

Freshly minced thigh meat is the ideal carrier for the light, bright flavours of lemon zest, garlic and parmesan in these chicken patties.


1 red onion, very finely sliced

1 tsp salt

4 tbsp lemon juice

100g day-old bread, torn

200ml milk

500g minced chicken (preferably thigh)

2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese

1 egg, beaten

2 garlic cloves, finely grated

2 tbsp flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

Sea salt and pepper

1 tbsp grated lemon zest

2 tbsp olive oil

200ml natural yoghurt

100g fetta, crushed

1/2 tsp dried oregano

100g baby spinach

2 tbsp Kalamata olives

1 lemon, quartered


Vegetarians, all is not lost: serve sweetcorn or chickpea fritters with the fetta yoghurt and pickled red onion instead.

To pickle red onion, slice it into rings, toss with salt and two tablespoons lemon juice and set aside.

Heat oven to 180C. Soak bread in milk for five minutes, then lightly squeeze dry. Mix with chicken, parmesan, egg, garlic, parsley, salt, pepper, lemon zest and remaining lemon juice, mulching mixture with your hands. Form meat into eight to 10 patties in your hands.

Heat oil in a pan and cook patties over medium heat, in batches, until lightly golden on both sides. Transfer to the oven and bake for 10 minutes or until cooked through.

Mix yoghurt, fetta, oregano, sea salt and pepper. Serve polpettes on a bed of spinach leaves, with fetta yoghurt, olives, lemon, and a tangle of pickled red onion.