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Chicken CroquettesHarry Weir

Chicken croquetas

This recipe from Las Tapas de Lola is a great way to use up leftover chicken.

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Serving: Serves 4–6

Ingredients

  • 250g chicken, or 1 small chicken to roast
  • 160g butter
  • 1⁄2 onion, diced
  • 160g flour, sieved
  • 1 litre warm milk
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 11⁄2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 150g flour
  • 4 eggs, whisked
  • 150g breadcrumbs
  • Oil, to fry

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven 220ºC/gas mark 7. 
  2. You only need 250g of chicken for this recipe – it can either be leftover chicken from a roast, you can roast a small chicken or chicken pieces. We use roasted free-range chicken for enhanced flavour. So place a small chicken on a baking tray and roast for an hour at 170oC/gas mark 3. 
  3. While the chicken is in the oven, put a large pot on a medium heat and add the butter. When melted, add the onion and cook until soft. 
  4. Add the sieved flour and stir constantly until the flour is golden. 
  5. Add the warm milk and, using a whisk, stir all the time until the mixture starts to thicken. 
  6. Add the salt, pepper and nutmeg, then set aside. 
  7. Once the chicken is cooked, chop 250g of meat (off the breast and thigh). 
  8. Add the chicken to the pot above and cook for a further 10 minutes. 
  9. Put the mix on a flat baking tray and allow to cool. Then refrigerate for at least six hours or until the next day. This will make the mixture much easier to handle.
  10. To assemble, you will need three plates – one for the flour, one for the whisked eggs and one for the breadcrumb.
  11. Using your hands, shape the croquetas to the desired size (we suggest 6-8cm long). Pass through the flour, then the eggs and finish with breadcrumbs. Continue until the mix is finished. 
  12. To fry, add enough oil to a large saucepan to reach a depth of 6cm. Bring to a medium heat. Deep-fry the croquetas for about four minutes, slowly turning them until golden brown. 

Recipe from Las Tapas de Lola

Photography Credit:  Harry Weir

Tips

 Replace the chicken with ham, prawns or mushrooms for variety or whatever you have handy. The whole point of these is to use up some nice leftovers.