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Meat Jello (Russian Holodets)

TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 30 min
PREP TIME: 15 min

Whip up this meat jello for dinner, party, or any occasion. This savory chicken jello is made with beef gelatin, carrots, and onions. This simplified Russian Holodets is tasty, nutritious, and made only with four ingredients. This dish is often served for holidays or some festive celebrations.

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What is Special About This Recipe?

  • This simplified version of the famous Holodets is made with a lot less prep time. Usually, it takes hours to make and includes preparations and steps ahead, like finding pigs’ legs.  This recipe could be made in under 90 minutes and enjoyed several hours later.
  • It’s a nutrient-rich dish.
  • Made in single servings.

Key Ingredients

  • Chicken Wings. I used chicken wings, but you can make it with chicken drumsticks or chicken thighs.
  • Onion – Vidalia adds sweetness to the dish, but you can use white or yellow onions.
  • Carrot – Whole carrots would work the best here.
  • Beef Gelatin – The original Russian meat aspic recipe is made with pigs’ legs and gets the gelatinous texture naturally after cooking for many hours. Using beef gelatin in this recipe helps speed the process and get the meat stock set into jello in less time. I like to use unflavored beef gelatin from grass-fed cows by Vital Proteins.

package of beef gelatin

Recipe Tips

Is this your first time making a meat gelatin recipe? If so, here are some helpful tips for setting you up for success.

  • Boiling the chicken with the vegetables helps add flavor to the stock.
  • Make sure the chicken is fully cooked. The internal temperature needs to be 165 degrees.
  • Feel free to use other parts of the chicken or other meat to use for the base of the aspic jello.
  • Store any leftover chicken gelatin in the fridge. It will store for 2-3 days.
  • Serve cold with horseradish or mustard.

Recipe FAQs

What is aspic? Aspic is savory meat jello. This recipe uses diced chicken and meat gelatin.

What is aspic used for? Aspic is used to set food in a jello form.

How long does it take to set up the meat jello? It will take around 4-6 hours for the gelatin to set up. I recommend making this in advance of when you plan to serve it up. That way, you ensure it has enough time to set up fully and hold the form.

Can I use different meat? If you want to use different meat for your meat jello, go ahead. Just use cooked meat before you make it into jello.

Is meat jelly healthy? Meat jelly is a healthy dish for sure. You will find it can have a nice source of collagen, protein, and nutrients.

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Meat Jello (Holodets, Meat Aspic)

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This is a simplified version of Russian holodets or meat aspic. This version of the recipe is really simple, still delicious, and nutritious.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Russian
Servings 4
Calories 185 kcal


  • 1 pound chicken wings
  • 1/2 Vidalia onion large-sized
  • 1 carrot medium-sized
  • 5 tbsp beef gelatin
  • 6 cup water
  • sea salt


  • Gather the ingredients. Place chicken wings in a pot and fill with water. Add sliced in half onion and sliced carrot. Bring to boil on medium-high heat. Once boiling, reduce the heat and simmer for about 40 minutes.
    pot with chicken wings, carrots, and onion
  • Once cooked, take wings and carrot out, discard the onion. , Add salt to taste and let the broth cool down a little. Once cool, separate the meat from the bones, slice carrot in circles. Add gelatin to the broth while continually stirring and let stand for 5 more minutes.
    pot with freshly cooked meat stock
  • Take 4 small serving bowls. Add carrot slices at the bottom for decoration, add chicken meat, and pour the broth to fill the bowls.
  • Set bowls in the refrigerator for approx. 4-6 hours. Once set serve with horseradish or mustard on the side. 


-If possible use organic chicken and gelatin from grass-fed cows.


Calories: 185kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 19gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 93mgPotassium: 195mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 2638IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 36mgIron: 1mg
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