Recipe for Chicken Patties

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Today I’m going to show you how to take leftover chicken and use this recipe for chicken patties to make a delicious chicken sandwich meal.  Chicken patties on burger

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 😉

Ingredients for chicken patties

Recipe Ingredients:

  • Shredded Chicken*
  • Milk
  • Saltine crackers
  • Poultry seasoning
  • Onion
  • Eggs
  • 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 ;)…

Crush Saltines

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 onion.

Chop up your onion really well.

In a small bowl, combine eggs, seasonings, and milk.

In a small bowl, combine eggs, seasonings, and milk.

Oh! I got to meet Dolly Parton last Friday! Seriously!

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Mix ingredients together.

Mix them up really well with a fork.

In a separate bowl, place chicken, cracker crumbs, and onion.

In a separate bowl place your chicken, cracker crumbs, and onion.

Mix ingredients together.

Stir that up well.

Pour in liquid ingredients.

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.“)

Mix ingredients together.

Stir that up really well.

Cover with towel and let it sit for 5 minutes.

Now cover this with a towel and let it sit for about five minutes.

Don’t you just love flour sack towels? That’s what people used in the old days, literally the sacks that flour came in, repurposed into towels. They were also repurposed into a lot of clothing, specifically undies and bloomers. Little girls would be outside playing and the wind would blow their dresses a bit and you’d see what brand of flour their Mama’s used 🙂

Form patties with hands

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.

Brown chicken patties in skillet.

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)

Chicken patties

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!”

Chicken patty on burger

Can’t wait to dig in!

Burger with green beans

Those are sweet and sour green beans by the way. Green beans with bacon and some other delicious seasonings. Click here for that recipe.

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!

 Bite taken out of burger

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!

Chicken Patties


  • 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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  1. I an wondering if i mixed it up, put a little olive oil in a casserole pan, put the mixture and put some cheese on top and pop in the oven how it would turn out, or should I put butter or olive oil on top instead of cheese?

  2. I made these again last night for my 27 year old son and I. He LOVES them! We had them several times before with side dishes. Last night I put them on hamburger buns with fresh Cherokee Purple tomatoes and Duke’s Mayonnaise. They were wonderful. I love your blog and I especially love the recipes. I’m from North Carolina and my food tradition is very similar to yours….just good Southern cooking. Thanks for giving the world a look at what we offer!

  3. I just wanted to let you know that this is now my son’s favorite way to eat leftover chicken and he will eat darn near anything! He loves them! I’ve served them as sandwiches, main dish and even packed them in his lunch. He’s 25 now and is always here for dinner when we are having them.

    I love your recipes and stories. One can tell that you cook from the heart like a true Southerner!

  4. Thanks for this chicken pattie recipe….I will definitely try it the next time I have left over chicken….that will sure beat the frozen ones I buy…..

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