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These poached chicken dumplings, made from a family recipe from writer Elissa Altman, are served chilled, with horseradish.

Bailik Fish (aka “False Fish” or “Gefilte Chicken”) Bailik Fish (aka “False Fish” or “Gefilte Chicken”)
These poached chicken dumplings are served chilled, with horseradish.
Yield: serves 6

Ingredients

  • 2 lb. chicken wings
  • 1 large yellow onion, halved, plus 1 small onion grated
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 2 large carrots, cut into 2″ pieces
  • 2 medium red potatoes (about 1/2 lb.), quartered
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 14 lb. ground chicken
  • 2 Tbsp. matzo cake meal
  • 12 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • 1 (1/4-oz.) package clear gelatin
  • Chopped flat-leaf parsley, for garnish
  • Prepared horseradish, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Combine chicken wings, halved onions, thyme, bay leaves, carrots, and potatoes in an 8-qt. pot with 6 quarts water. Season broth with salt and bring to a boil, skimming off any foam from the surface. Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer.
  2. Meanwhile, put grated onion, ground chicken, matzo, 2 tsp. salt, pepper, and egg white into a large bowl and gently combine with a rubber spatula. Using wet hands or 2 large spoons, shape the chicken mixture into 3″-long dumplings that are 1″ thick and, using a spoon, nestle them in the simmering broth. Cook, stirring gently and occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, the chicken dumplings are set, and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the middle reads 165°, about 15 minutes. (For a denser dumpling, cook for 10 minutes more.)
  3. Using a slotted spoon, transfer carrots, potatoes, and dumplings to a platter, loosely cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate. Bring broth to a boil. Remove from heat and strain broth, reserving 4 cups; discard solids. Whisk gelatin into reserved broth, season with salt, and refrigerate until set. Serve dumplings and vegetables chilled with a spoonful of the jelled sauce and chopped parsley and prepared horseradish, if you like.

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