The Ultimate Guide to Making Delicious Chicken Croquettes


Chicken croquettes are a delightful dish that combines tender chicken with a creamy sauce, breaded and fried to golden perfection. Here’s a comprehensive guide to making these delicious treats. Whether fried or baked, chicken croquettes are sure to become a favorite in your culinary repertoire.


For the Filling:

  • 2 cups cooked chicken, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Two tablespoons butter
  • 2 of tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

For Breading:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs

For Frying:

  • Vegetable oil for deep frying


  1. Prepare the Chicken Mixture:
    • In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat.
    • Add the chopped onion and garlic, and sauté until the onion is translucent and fragrant, about 3-4 minutes.
    • Stir in the flour to create a roux, cooking and stirring constantly for about 2 minutes until it is lightly golden.
    • Gradually whisk in the milk and chicken broth, cooking and stirring until the sauce is thick and smooth.
    • Season with salt, black pepper, and nutmeg (if using).
    • Add the chopped chicken and parsley (if using), stirring until everything is well combined.
    • Remove the mixture from the heat and let it cool completely. You can refrigerate it for about 1-2 hours to make it easier to shape.
  2. Shape the Croquettes:
    • Once the chicken mixture is thoroughly chilled, shape it into small logs or balls (about 2 inches long for logs or 1-2 inches in diameter for balls).
    • Place the shaped croquettes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Bread the Croquettes:
    • Set up a breading station with three shallow bowls: one with flour, one with beaten eggs, and one with breadcrumbs.
    • Roll each croquette first in the flour, then dip it into the beaten eggs, and finally coat it with breadcrumbs. Ensure each croquette is thoroughly coated.
  4. Fry the Croquettes:
    • In a deep skillet or a deep fryer, heat the oil to 350°F (175°C).
    • Fry the croquettes in batches, avoiding overcrowding the pan. Fry until they are golden brown and crispy, about 3-4 minutes per batch.
    • Remove the croquettes from the oil using a slotted spoon and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.
  5. Serve:
    • Serve the chicken croquettes hot, with your favorite dipping sauce. Popular choices include aioli, spicy mayo, or a classic marinara sauce.


Chicken croquettes are a versatile and delicious dish that can serve as a perfect appetizer, snack, or main course. By following this ultimate guide, you’ll master the art of creating croquettes with a creamy, flavorful filling and a perfectly crispy exterior. Remember to experiment with different herbs, spices, and cheesy variations to customize the croquettes to your taste.

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