My younger daughter had a problem eating chicken. She would chew and chew and chew! And then drink glasses of water to help her swallow it throughout her meal and the result was she was so full of water she wouldn’t want to eat after that! Fortunately I came across a recipe for Chicken Croquettes in a “Better Homes & Garden”cookbook… I had found my answer! She had no problem eating chicken this way as it is finely minced up, the white sauce was flavorful and the outside crust was crispy. This became a favorite with her and almost every other child I have fed over the years!
I then “Indianized” it and have been making this recipe ever since. The great thing about this recipe is that it can be made ahead especially if you have company coming for dinner or to stay for a weekend. You can fry them before serving, as needed. They also can be frozen before or after frying.
2 cups of minced chicken (2 large boneless chicken breasts, cooked and minced in a food processor*)
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoon cilantro, finely chopped
1 small onion, grated
2 small green chillies, finely minced or ground
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups dry breadcrumbs
2 large eggs, beaten
oil for frying
Melt butter in a 2 quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and cook for 1 minute.
Slowly add the milk and stock stirring constantly till the sauce is smooth.
Add the onions, green chillies, lemon juice, cilantro, and all of the spices and cook for 3 minutes until the sauce is very thick.
Add the minced chicken and mix well with the sauce.
Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or over night.
The mixture will be very thick. Take about 1/4 heaping cup of the mixture and make into oblong rolls about 3 ” long .
Roll into dry breadcrumbs, dip in beaten egg and roll again into the breadcrumbs. (This method will give you a crispy crust after frying)
Heat oil, about 1″ – 2′ deep, on medium high in a wok or frying pan. When oil is hot ( test with small piece of bread, the bread should quickly rise to the top ) add about 3 -4 croquettes and fry for 3 minutes turning them around till they are golden brown on all sides.
Drain on paper towels and serve hot.
*Note: To cook the chicken: cover chicken with water in a saucepan, and bring to boil. Turn the heat off, cover with a lid. Set aside for about 15 minutes. Chicken should be cooked. Drain and finely chop by hand or in a food processor.