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Aspic in a serving tray

Aspic Recipe (Russian Kholodets)

Aspic is a savory meat jelly that is made from broth that thickens as it cools. For this recipe, we will speed up the process by using gelatin. 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Russian, Ukrainian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 15 servings
Calories 73kcal


  • 4 qt water
  • 1 lb chicken thighs or drumsticks rised
  • 1 large yellow onion pieled whole
  • 2 tsp large carrots cleaned whole
  • 2 tbsp gelatin
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill chopped


  • Place the cooking pot with water, chicken, carrots, onion, salt and pepper to taste. All just together and bring up to boil. Turn heat on really low and let cook for 4 hours.
    Pot with water and other ingredients for Aspic
  • Remove carrots and onions. You can use carrots for decorations and you can throw away the onion. Remove chicken from pot. Clean chicken off the bone, break chicken into small pieces. In a 1/4 cup, add room temperature water and dissolve gelatin with water. Once its dissolved add to broth.
  • In flat pan place chicken, carrots, and sprinkle with parsley and dill. Pour cooking broth over the chicken and herbs. Let it stay in the fridge to firm up, this process could take about 6 hours.
    aspic in a serving tray
  • Cut in cubes and serve.
    Aspic in a serving tray


Calories: 73kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 504mg | Potassium: 76mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 182IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg