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Deep-Fried Creamy Chicken Gravy

Rated as 4.7 out of 5 Stars

"These came out a lot creamier than what I was after, so these chicken croquettes are more like deep-fried chicken gravy. Still, they're delicious. If you reduce the amount of butter and milk, you'll come closer to what I was after."
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2 h 45 m servings 248
Original recipe yields 16 servings


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  1. Melt butter in pan over medium heat. Add onions; cook and stir until onions begin to turn translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup flour and cook until flour loses its raw taste, 3 or 4 minutes. Add black pepper, nutmeg, and cayenne pepper; stir. Remove from heat.
  2. Pour milk into butter-onion mixture to make the bechamel sauce. Whisk until incorporated. Return pan to medium-high heat and continue whisking until mixture thickens, 1 or 2 minutes; continue to cook and stir 3 or 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in salt.
  3. Place chopped chicken, ham, and parsley in bowl. Add bechamel sauce and mix thoroughly. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, 2 or 3 hours.
  4. Heat oil in a deep fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  5. Place 1 cup flour, beaten eggs, and bread crumbs in 3 separate shallow bowls.
  6. Scoop out chilled mixture into evenly-sized portions (about the size of a golf ball) to form croquettes. Roll balls first in flour, then in beaten eggs, and then in bread crumbs.
  7. Fry croquettes in batches until crispy, about 4 minutes. Drain on paper towels and transfer to rack.


  • Note:
  • We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.
  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 248 calories; 13.3 20.8 10.7 58 335 Full nutrition

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I had searched for a recipe for chicken croquettes. I remember Them from my childhood. This was pretty close tastewise. Made the white sauce thick , added the minced cooked chicken and some of ...

OK, I did make a couple changes to this. I didn't add the nutmeg or cayenne and added 2 cups of milk instead of 2.5. I silly enough didn't take his advice on the food processor...I DID use one...

Gave them a four because I haven't tried them yet. They look great! I'm going to try them in the air-fryer. I think they would be better this way, creamy instead of dry. It is better to have mor...

I have made the recipe. This is my third time but with turkey. Confirming that yes, Chef John, this recipe is a thing.

I was very pleased with the recipe. I made them slightly less creamy. Very tasty. Thanks Chef John. You inform and entertain. Kudos!!!

Muy delicioso pero a little fussy.

I had never heard of these before, let alone made or ate them. They are delicious! I did reduce the butter to 6T and 1 2/3 milk (buttermilk) as Chef John suggested.