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Potato pancakes are one of my favorite Polish dishes.  Sprinkled with sugar or topped with sour cream or beef stew, this was a household staple.  I wanted to take another approach to this childhood favorite of mine and make loaded potato pancakes with grilled chicken and cheese.  It came out amazing!  No leftovers!  The crispy pancakes topped with savory tender chicken pieces all covered in melted cheese was the perfect way to bring together my love for grilled food and Polish kitchen. 

Step 1: How to make the best Potato Pancakes.

Potato pancakes require very few ingredients.  This was a dish that was made in the winter as fresh produce was low, but potatoes were plenty.  

Start by peeling a few russet potatoes and rinse them clean.  Grate the potatoes and an onion making sure there are no lumps in the mixture.  You can also use a food processor to make this process faster and easier. Next, strain the mush with paper towels or strainer to remove all the access liquid.

Potato Pancake mixture

Add in flour, eggs, sour cream and a pinch of salt or Dad’s All Purpose seasoning which I used. Mix it all together and set a side while you prep the chicken.

Dad’s Seasonings

Must have grillin seasonings!

Step 2: Prepare the chicken.

As I mentioned, potato pancakes are traditionally enjoyed by themselves with a sprinkle of sugar, sour cream or topped with homemade beef stew.  Adding my own GWD twist, I decided grilled chicken would work just as well if not better.

As always, I used chicken thighs. I prefer this cut of chicken over the breast because it’s fattier, more flavorful and easier to prepare.  Cut the chicken into cubes and season with Dad’s All Purpose seasoning. Additionally, cube up an onion that will be mixed in with the chicken to add flavor and texture.

Seasoned chicken thighs and onion

Step 3: Time to grill up the loaded potato pancakes.

Preheat the griddle, stove top pan or grill to a medium to high heat.  Add a generous amount of olive oil and wait until it heats up well.  Using a ladle or large spoon, scoop up the potato mixture and gently pour it onto the hot oil, spreading it slightly.  After 2-3 minutes, flip it over.  The crust should be golden brown in color with a crispy texture.  Remove them off the griddle and let them rest on a wire rack.

Loaded potato pancakes on griddle

On the same flattop, add the seasoned chicken and diced onions.  Mix the ingredients together and grill hibachi style until they are grilled to temperature.  Chicken thighs should reach an internal temperature of 175 degrees.  Before removing the chicken, add some shredded cheese to the mixture and let if melt over the chicken for that extra ooey gooey texture.

Serve the loaded potato pancakes with a spoonful of sour cream and chopped chives. Enjoy!

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Loaded Potato Pancakes

These loaded potato pancakes topped with tender cheesy chicken was the perfect twist on a traditional Polish dish.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 People

Ingredients 

Potato Pancake Ingredients

  • 4 Russet potatoes
  • 1 Yellow onion
  • 2 Egg
  • 1/4 cup All purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Sour cream
  • 1 tsp Dad's all purpose rub

Chicken Ingredients

  • 1 lbs Chicken thighs
  • 1/2 Yellow onion
  • 1 tbsp Dad's all purpose rub

Instructions 

  • Peel the russet potatoes and rinse them clean.
  • Grate the potatoes and an onion making sure there are no lumps in the mixture. 
  • Place the potato mixture into a fine strainer or kitchen towel and try to squeeze almost all of the liquid into a mixing bowl. Discard the liquid.
  • Add in flour, eggs, sour cream and Dad's All Purpose seasoning. Mix it all together.
  • Cut the chicken and onion into cubes and season with Dad's All Purpose seasoning.
  • Preheat the griddle, stove top pan or grill to a medium to high heat.  Add olive oil and wait until it heats up well. 
  • Using a ladle or large spoon, scoop up the. potato mixture and gently pour it onto the hot oil, spreading it slightly.  After 2-3 minutes, flip it over. 
  • On the same flattop, add the seasoned chicken and diced onions. Grill hibachi style until they are grilled to an internal temperature of 175 degrees.
  • Before removing the chicken, add some shredded cheese to the mixture and let if melt over the chicken.
  • Serve with a spoon full of sour cream and chopped chives.
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About Maciek

I make easy meals that anyone can replicate at home. I’m not a professionally trained chef, just your average guy that likes to fire up the grill. So follow along and see what’s cooking today!

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