Chicken n’ Cheddar Croquettes

By on June 25, 2013
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Chicken n’ Cheddar Croquettes

 

Make dinner last for days with this easy and delicious recipe using the always crowd-pleasing chicken as your star ingredient. Start with a dinner of roasted chicken or a rotisserie chicken from your local deli, and then use your leftovers to create a taste from the South.
This southern cooking classic comes to life using leftover chicken, grated cheddar, fresh garlic, onion and parsley with a light touch of lemon. Croquettes make great appetizers, snacks or something special for lunch.

Serves: 6
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups leftover cooked chicken, finely chopped or shredded
  • 2 cups dry breadcrumbs, Italian seasoned
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup sweet white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Olive oil, for frying
  • Chicken broth (optional for moistening)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a small skillet, sauté the chopped onion and garlic in a small amount of olive oil until soft and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine chicken, breadcrumbs, cheese and 3 eggs, mixing well. Test mixture to make sure it can be formed into patties. If it seems dry, add another egg or a bit of chicken broth.
  3. Add parsley, onions, garlic, lemon zest, salt and pepper to the bowl and mix together well.
  4. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium in a large skillet. Form mixture into small patties or balls and fry until golden brown. Remove and set on a paper towel to drain.

Tip: You can also bake croquettes instead of frying. Simply place them on a baking sheet and cook at 350°F for 30 minutes.

Tip: Create your own Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs by using a combination of basil, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder and Parmesan.

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