This is my son Johnny and my Dad’s favorite dish. — Sandi Murray
- 1 whole chicken (cooked, can use a store bought pre-roasted one, roast your own or boil one–saving the broth of course)
- 1 cup of chicken broth
- 1/2 cup of butter (1 stick)
- 2 stalks of celery, finely chopped
- 1/2 onion, finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup of All purpose flour
- 1 cup of milk
- Peanut or Canola Oil for frying
For the breading:
- 1 cup of flour
- 2 eggs
- couple dashes of hot sauce
- 2 to 3 cups of bread crumbs
Remove all the meat from the chicken and put in bowl (no skin).
Heat the milk and chicken broth over low heat in a separate pot. In a large skillet, combine the 1/2 cup of butter, onion, celery, 1/2 teaspoon salt and saute until softened. Add 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1/4 teaspoon thyme and stir for 1 minute. Add 1 cup of flour and stir cooking another 2 to 3 minutes to cook out the “flour” taste.
Slowly whisk in the warm milk/broth mixture. Continue cooking until mixture is thick and smooth. Let cool.
Add the flour mixture to the bowl with the chicken and mix well.
You will need three bowls for breading. Bowl 1: one cup of flour. Bowl 2: beaten eggs, hot sauce and milk. Bowl 3: start with just two cups of the bread crumbs.
Form into 2 ounce balls of the chicken mixture (about the size of a golf ball). Roll each ball in the flour, then the egg & milk, then the bread crumbs. Place the croquettes on a baking sheet and allow to “rest” so that the breading will stick while you heat about 2 inches of oil in a deep, heavy bottom pot to 325°-350° F.
Drop the croquettes into the hot oil and fry 6 at a time. Fry for 4 to 5 minutes, turning frequently until they are nice golden brown and crispy.Drain on a wire rack over paper towels.
You can also bake in a 350° over for approximately 30 minutes for a lighter version.
Serve with gravy, mashed potatoes whatever. Leftovers also make a great chicken sandwich. Just flatten out and build a sandwich with your favorite bread and toppings.