This here is one of my chicken patties recipe ideas and it is perfect if you have fried chicken (take off skin and shred it up!), rotisserie chicken, or even leftover chicken fingers. If you’ve had these before, though, you’ll know why a lot of people cook chicken just to be able to make them!
These are kind of like Salmon patties. I could tell you better if I’d ever eaten a salmon patty but I generally avoid eating things that swim. Better folks might call these croquettes – but mine are just patties. But if you want to get fancy while makin’ these then in your mind make the title of this post to be How To Make Chicken Croquettes. hehe
But if if you are like me, you know that good, honest chicken has no need to put on airs 😉
- Shredded Chicken*
- Saltine crackers
- Poultry seasoning
- Salt and pepper
How To Shred Chicken
Take hot cooked chicken, with no bones, and place in the bowl of your stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment, turn it on low for a minute, then turn it up to medium or so for another minute. The result? Perfectly shredded chicken! That is how I shredded the chicken pictured here!
If you are wondering what in the blazes I am talking about check out our How To Shred Meat: Hands Free Tutorial Here
Now on to Making Homemade Chicken Croquettes ;)…
Place Saltines in a large ziplock bag and roll over them really good with a rolling pin.
This is just one of many ways to crush them. I usually get them started being crushed in the sleeve.
Do you have some clever way of doing this? Food processor perhaps? Get the kids involved? Run over them with your car?
Toss the ziplock bag onto the floor in a room full of flamenco dancers? Use them to line the floor of an elephant performance ring? Share your suggestions below!
Chop up your onion really well.
In a small bowl, combine eggs, seasonings, and milk.
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Mix them up really well with a fork.
In a separate bowl place your chicken, cracker crumbs, and onion.
Stir that up well.
Pour in your liquid ingredients
(That dark stuff is the poultry seasoning floating on the top. I know it’s kinda ugly and I apologize. I started to put a soft focus on it or photo shop it to make it look better but then I thought “Get a grip, It’s poultry seasoning.“)
Stir that up really well.
Now cover this with a towel and let it sit for about five minutes.
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Form into patties with your hands, pressing together really well as you form them.
I make big old patties for sandwiches and usually end up with about five but you can easily make smaller ones and get seven or eight.
Now put about a tablespoon or so of oil in a skillet, heat it on medium heat for a minute or two, and pop those puppies in there.
Cook until browned on both sides, flipping once (or twice if you need to, ain’t nobody gonna judge here)
I needed a better pic so I took my skillet with the finished chicken patties out to the sunroom.
They did a good job posing, didn’t they? They were probably thinking “If we’re really still, maybe she’ll hurry up and get us out of this hot skillet!”
Can’t wait to dig in!
Can These Chicken Patties Be Frozen?
I make a huge batch of them about once a month and then freeze them in quart sized zipper seal bags to heat up whenever we need a quick side. They microwave well and you can’t ever tell they weren’t freshly made. Good stuff right there.
As are these chicken patties. Goodness gracious are they ever good!
This is what it looks like inside. Incredibly tender and flavorful. These also freeze very well! You can cook and then freeze or freeze and then cook.
Life and recipes are far more versatile than we realize :).
Put a big smile on, bring your best attitude, and dive in head first!
- 2 cups chopped cooked chicken
- 1 sleeve saltine crackers
- 3/4 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 small onion finely chopped onion
- 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning can use less if you like
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp pepper
- In a large bowl, stir together chicken and cracker crumbs. In a separate bowl, whisk together all other ingredients. Pour wet mixture into bowl with chicken and stir until well combined. Cover with dish towel and allow to sit for five minutes. Form into 5-7 patties. Can freeze at this time and cook them later.
- To cook: Place about 2 tablespoons oil in large skillet and heat over medium high heat for a few minutes. Reduce heat to medium and add patties. Cook until well browned on both sides, flipping once. To cook from frozen, follow same instructions but allow longer cooking time. Remove from heat once hot through.
- Serve on their own or on buns, mayo (if you like it), lettuce, and fresh tomato.
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