Pan Fried Chicken Croquettes


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 3 cups finely chopped cooked chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups seasoned bread crumbs, divided
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup oil, or as needed


Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk flour into melted butter; cook and stir until raw flour taste cooks off and a paste forms, about 1 minute. Slowly whisk milk and chicken broth into butter mixture, whisking constantly, until mixture is thick and smooth, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove sauce from heat and cool slightly, about 10 minutes.

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Stir chicken, 1 cup bread crumbs, eggs, onion, parsley, garlic powder, celery seed, salt, and black pepper together in a bowl; add cooled sauce to chicken mixture and stir until well-combined. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled and firm, at least 2 hours.

Shape chilled chicken mixture into 6 patties. Pour remaining bread crumbs into a shallow bowl and roll each chicken patty in bread crumbs to coat completely.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook patties in hot oil, turning once, until patties are cooked through and golden brown on each side, about 10 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).