Oven-Fried Chicken Croquettes

Homemade Chicken Croquettes
Oven-Fried Chicken Croquettes. Fernando Fernández Baliña/Getty Images
  • 60 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Yield: 8 croquettes (8 servings)
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Croquettes are typically breaded bundles of vegetables or meat held together by a thick white sauce or bechamel and deep-fried. But in this version, the chicken croquettes are shaped, breaded and baked, making them lower in fat than traditional deep-fried croquettes.

Prepare these easy chicken croquettes a few hours ahead of time, so they'll have plenty of time to chill before baking. 

Serve the chicken croquettes with a medium béchamel sauce or white sauce and mashed potatoes.

What You'll Need

  • 5 tablespoons butter (divided)
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups cooked chicken (finely chopped)
  • 1 1/4 cups fine dry bread crumbs (divided)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley (or 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs (lightly beaten)

How to Make It

1. In a medium saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat. Add flour and cook, stirring, for 1 to 2 minutes without browning. 

3. Gradually whisk in milk and broth; cook, stirring constantly, until smooth and thickened.

4. Remove from heat and let cool for 5 to 10 minutes.

5. In a large bowl, combine the chopped cooked chicken, 1 cup bread crumbs, parsley, salt, and eggs. Mix well. Add the cooled sauce; stir to blend thoroughly.

Cover and chill for about 2 hours.

6. Preheat oven to 350° F (180° C/Gas 4). Combine the Parmesan cheese and remaining 1/4 cup of bread crumbs in a shallow dish.

7. Shape chicken croquettes mixture into about eight 2 1/2-inch balls, then roll to form oval shapes.

8. Roll shaped croquettes in bread crumb mixture, to coat.

9. Arrange the croquettes in a greased 13 x 9 baking dish.

10. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and drizzle over the chicken croquettes.

11. Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown.

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