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Chicken Croquettes Recipe-1330

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These savory nuggets, crunchy outside and meltingly soft inside, are a fine way to use leftover chicken. Here is a Spanish version.

Yield: 4 servings
Prep time: 30 Mins
Cooking time: 20 Mins


  • 5 tbsp butter
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1¾ cups whole milk
  • 1 cup finely chopped cooked chicken
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup dried bread crumbs
  • 3 large eggs
  • Vegetable oil, for deep-frying


1. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk in the flour. Let bubble without browning for 2 minutes. Whisk in the milk and increase the heat to medium. Bring to a boil, whisking often. Reduce the heat to low and cook, whisking often, until the sauce is very thick, about 5 minutes.

2. Stir in the chicken and tomato paste and season with salt and pepper. Transfer the mixture to a bowl. Press a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface and pierce a few holes in the wrap. Let stand about 2 hours, until completely cooled.

3. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Spread the bread crumbs in a shallow dish. Beat the eggs in another shallow dish. Use two soup spoons to form 12 thick ovals about 1½–2in (3-4cm) long. Roll in the bread crumbs, coat with the eggs, roll again in the bread crumbs, and place on the baking sheet.

4. Preheat the oven to 200°F (100°C). Line another baking sheet with paper towels. Add enough oil to a large, heavy frying pan to come halfway up the sides and heat until the oil is 350°F (170°C). In two batches, add the croquettes and deep-fry, turning frequently, about 3 minutes, or until deep golden brown. Transfer to the paper towels, and keep warm in the oven.

5. Serve the croquettes on a heated serving platter.


Freezing Information: can be frozen for up to 3 months.

© 2008 Dorling Kindersley

Note from Cookstr's Editors

Nutritional information is based on 1/8 teaspoon added salt per serving and 2 cups oil for frying.


Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

671kcal (34%)
188mg (19%)
0mg (0%)
228mcg RAE (8%)
234mg (78%)
712mg (30%)
15g (75%)
53g (82%)
3mg (15%)

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