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Pan Fried Chicken Croquettes

Rated as 4.74 out of 5 Stars

"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 376
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).


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

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 376 calories; 17.5 26.5 27 137 685 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...

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 made half of this recipe with just a few changes. For the ½ egg I needed, I used 2 T. of beaten egg. I used seasoned bread crumbs in the patties and panko to coat the outside. I also subbed...

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...

I didn't make any changes. I used olive oil to fry the croquettes. Will definitely make this recipe again - and am looking forward to substituting crabmeat for the chicken. I'm thinking this ...

Had to leave out all the seasoning, except salt and pepper (husband prefers bland) and this was still amazing!!!!! I dream of it spicy, on a bun, woth lettuce/tomato/mayo!!!!!!