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Pan Fried Chicken Croquettes


"This recipe makes flavorful chicken or turkey croquettes that are crisp on the outside but moist on the inside. The way to keep the croquettes moist is by adding a homemade white sauce to the chicken mixture."
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2 h 55 m servings 377 cals
Original recipe yields 6 servings (6 croquettes)

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  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk flour into melted butter; cook and stir until raw flour taste cooks off and a paste forms, about 1 minute. Slowly whisk milk and chicken broth into butter mixture, whisking constantly, until mixture is thick and smooth, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove sauce from heat and cool slightly, about 10 minutes.
  2. Stir chicken, 1 cup bread crumbs, eggs, onion, parsley, garlic powder, celery seed, salt, and black pepper together in a bowl; add cooled sauce to chicken mixture and stir until well-combined. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled and firm, at least 2 hours.
  3. Shape chilled chicken mixture into 6 patties. Pour remaining bread crumbs into a shallow bowl and roll each chicken patty in bread crumbs to coat completely.
  4. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook patties in hot oil, turning once, until patties are cooked through and golden brown on each side, about 10 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).


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  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 377 calories; 17.5 g fat; 26.6 g carbohydrates; 27 g protein; 137 mg cholesterol; 765 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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Absolutely delicious. This is by far the best recipe for Croquettes I have ever tried, and will definitely be adding this to my list of keeper recipes. Per the description I can confirm that the...

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Made recipe as written. Boiled chicken in chicken broth with poultry season and buillion added for flavor and yet the finished dish was sorely lacking flavor. I’ll give it one more try, possibly...

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Absolutely delicious. This is by far the best recipe for Croquettes I have ever tried, and will definitely be adding this to my list of keeper recipes. Per the description I can confirm that the...

I used ground chicken, and whole wheat bread crumbs. Also added a tspn. mustard to the mixture. Omitted the celery due to allergies. It was really yummy! Will make again soon.

Just as described. Crispy on outside and moist on inside. Absolutely delicious.

Our family deals with gluten and dairy issues, so I made substitutions to accommodate our needs. Earth Balance Soy Free "Butter", Unsweetened Cashew Milk, Gluten Free Panko Crumbs, and cornstar...

I had leftover rotisserie chicken, and I was looking for something that was not a cassarole. These fit the bill perfectly. As described, they were crispy on the outside and moist on the insid...

Crisp on the outside and moist on the inside and very flavorful. I put the onions in the food processor so that they would be as fine as the chicken. A dish of delish!!

I've made these several times. To keep from over browning in the oil I crisp them in the pan and finish cooking in the oven. Excellent!!!

Fantastic and easy. I used this for my leftover Thanksgiving turkey. I added the onions I had stuffed and cooked inside the turkey. I didn't have enough seasoned bread crumbs, so I used plain...

Made as described.... but gf by using ground oats instead of breadcrumbs. Set up and fried up prefectly. Even the picky 4yo loved them. BESCHEMEL is a must! Makes all the difference in the worl...