Chicken croquettes

  • Preparation Time25 mins
  • Cooking Time30 mins
  • Serves8
  • DifficultyEasy

For the croquettes

720ml milk
240ml fresh chicken stock (canned broth may be substituted)
1/4 tsp white pepper
2 tsp freshly chopped parsley leaves
Salt, to taste (only if using fresh chicken stock)
110g butter
1 stalk celery, minced
600g plain flour
560g chicken meat, cooked and minced
2 eggs
1/8 tsp salt
270g breadcrumbs
Salad oil or liquid shortening, for frying
Mashed potatoes, for serving

For the chicken gravy

45g butter
3 tbsp plain flour
480ml chicken stock
2 tsp chopped fresh parsley leaves
Pinch white pepper and salt
Croquettes:
1) In a heavy pan, heat 240ml of the milk and the stock on the stove and then add white pepper, fresh parsley and salt, if needed. In a separate heavy pot melt the butter and add the minced celery. Stir in 150g of the flour and cook for 3 minutes.

2) Pour in the hot milk and stock and stir until thickened and smooth. Fold in the chicken meat and allow to cool.

3) Shape 75g portions of croquette batter in the shape of a cone and place on a tray lined with waxed paper.

4) Next make an egg wash from the eggs, remaining milk and salt. Dip the croquettes in the egg wash then into the remaining flour and allow to stand a few minutes.

5) Finish breading by dipping the croquettes back into the egg wash and then rolling in breadcrumbs.

6) Fry the croquettes in a pan with salad oil or liquid shortening, heated to 180C, until golden brown (2 to 3 minutes). Drain well and blot on paper towels. Place on a bed of mashed potatoes and top each croquette with chicken gravy.

Chicken gravy:
1) Melt the butter in a 1L or 2L saucepan, and stir in the flour. Pour in the stock and whisk until smooth.

2) Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and cook for 20 minutes. Add the fresh parsley, white pepper and salt, to taste (if fresh stock was used).

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