Homemade Chicken Croquettes, Small patties of creamy, buttery chicken filled bites, coated in crispy breadcrumbs then fried. A popular Spanish Tapas dish.

Homemade Chicken Croquettes, Small patties of creamy, buttery chicken filled bites, coated in crispy breadcrumbs then fried. A popular Spanish Tapas dish.

Where do croquettes originate from?

Chicken croquettes, or croquetas de pollo originate from Spain. It's the kind of food you get served in a bar alongside an ice-cold beer or glass of Spanish wine.

It makes up one of many dishes in a Tapas menu, so it's usual to serve 3 - 4 of these chicken croquettes together with a variety of other tapas dishes. Often served with a small fork or toothpicks, these are delicious mini bites.

What are croquettes?

Croquettes are usually made up of a creamy filling, in this case, it's chicken, and then dipped in egg and coated in breadcrumbs and then deep-fried. The creamy filling is an unexpected surprise when you bite through the outer crispy breadcrumb coating, and it's absolutely delicious! Seasoned perfectly, these little croquettes pack a full flavor and texture in every bite.

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For this recipe, we've added some chili flakes to the filling. We've left it optional so if you're cooking for children, then perhaps you can make half a batch with and half without the chili. Alternatively, add a chili sauce on the side for the adults to dip the croquettes into.

Can I use leftover chicken?

We've used leftover cooked chicken, together with a sauce similar to a white béchamel sauce, which gives the filling a buttery, creamy texture. You can also use ground chicken or even leftover turkey from Thanksgiving!

Can I oven-bake croquettes?

It's traditional to deep fry the croquettes in hot oil. Some may prefer to oven bake these, so you just need to use the same temperature stated below, and turn halfway through for even browning.

Homemade Chicken Croquettes, Small patties of creamy, buttery chicken filled bites, coated in crispy breadcrumbs then fried. A popular Spanish Tapas dish.

This delicious recipe has been generously shared by one of our Lovefoodie supporters, Melanie Springer.

Melanie's a wonderful cook and she sure knows how to put smiles on her family's faces when she rustles up her homemade chicken croquettes! So let's see how Melanie makes her delicious recipe.

Recipe by Melanie Springer.

Prep Time

5 minutes plus 1/2 hr chill time

Cook Time

5 - 10 minutes

Yield

serves 4

Ingredients

3 Tablespoons butter
1/3 cup or 20 g flour
1 tsp salt
1 cup or 235 ml milk
2 cups or 380 g chopped cooked chicken
1 Tablespoon minced onion
2 Tablespoons minced parsley
1/4 teaspoon hot chili pepper seeds (optional)
2 eggs
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1/3 cup or 40 g fine dry bread crumbs

Instructions

1. In a pan, melt shortening, blend in flour and salt.

2. Add milk. Cook on a low heat, stir constantly till smooth and thickened.

3. Add chicken, onion, parsley and chili peppers if using.

4. Spread in a greased shallow pan so it can completely chill. This will make it much easier to roll in to shape.

5. Shape into 8 logs.

6. In a bowl, beat eggs and lemon juice lightly with fork.

7. Dip logs into egg mixture, then coat with breadcrumbs.

8. Heat deep fat to 365 F / 190 C /Gas 5, fry croquettes for about 5 minutes or till golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Serve whilst still hot.

You can also bake these in the oven, spray with some oil and bake at the above temperature until golden brown.

Serve as an appetizer or entree, with your favorite sauce or my personal favorite, alongside a salad such as pico de gallo.

Homemade Chicken Croquettes, Small patties of creamy, buttery chicken filled bites, coated in crispy breadcrumbs then fried. A popular Spanish Tapas dish.

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Homemade Chicken Croquettes, Small patties of creamy, buttery chicken filled bites, coated in crispy breadcrumbs then fried. A popular Spanish Tapas dish.

Homemade Chicken Croquettes, Croquetas de Pollo

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Homemade Chicken Croquettes, Small patties of creamy, buttery chicken filled bites, coated in crispy breadcrumbs then fried. A popular Spanish Tapas dish.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup or 20 g flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup or 235 ml milk
  • 2 cups or 380 g chopped cooked chicken
  • 1 Tablespoon minced onion
  • 2 Tablespoons minced parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot chili pepper seeds (optional)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup or 40 g fine dry bread crumbs

Instructions

  1. In a pan, melt the butter, blend in flour and salt.
  2. Add milk. Cook on a low heat, stir constantly until smooth and thickened.
  3. Add the chicken, onion and parsley and chili if using. Spread in greased shallow pan.
  4. Chill completely. This will help the mixture cool down fast and make it easier to shape in to rolls.
  5. Shape into 8 logs.
  6. In a bowl, beat eggs and lemon juice lightly with fork.
  7. Dip logs into egg mixture, then coat with crumbs.
  8. Heat deep fat fryer to 365 F / 190 C /Gas 5, fry croquettes about 5 minutes or till golden brown.
  9. Drain on paper towels. Serve hot

Notes

You can also bake these in the oven, spray with some oil and bake at the above temperature until golden brown.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 169Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 396mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 15g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate

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