Crispy Chicken Patties Recipe: A Budget Chicken Dinner in 20 Minutes by Donna John

Crispy Chicken Patties Recipe: A Budget Chicken Dinner in 20 Minutes

After the pandemic, my pantry was full of items that I normally don't buy. A couple cans of chunk chicken breast was one of the shelf-stable meats that I wasn't sure what to do with. That is, until I found this crispy chicken patties recipe.

The simple pan-fried chicken patties are made with canned chicken, an egg, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, onion powder, dried thyme and breadcrumbs. The flavorful ingredients will make you forget you're using canned chicken. The ingredients are mixed together, formed into patties and pan-fried until crispy and golden brown.

Serve this budget recipe for dinner with your favorite side dishes

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4


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Recipe Notes

  • Depending on the brand, canned chicken can be salty, so watch how much extra salt you add to the recipe.
  • To bake or air fry the chicken patties, spray with nonstick cooking spray and bake at 400 degrees F until golden brown.
  • Be sure to drain the chicken really well and squeeze out as much liquid as you can before mixing with other ingredients.
  • You can make four thick patties or six thin patties (I made five medium patties).
  • Other ingredients like capers, grated cheese, minced onion, chopped jalapenos, crushed red pepper flakes, hot sauce or fresh herbs could be added to make this recipe your own.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Pour the cans of chicken into a colander. Break the chicken into pieces using your fingers and press to release as much moisture as you can.
  2. Combine the chicken, egg, mustard, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, chives (if using) and 1/4 cup of the breadcrumbs. Season with salt and pepper. Mix to combine.
  3. Shape the mixture into four to six patties. (The number will depend on how big and thick you make the patties.)
  4. Heat the olive oil in a skillet. Coat both sides of the patties with the remaining 1 cup of breadcrumbs.
  5. Fry the patties until golden brown and crisp on both sides, about 3 to 4 minutes per side.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 491

Total Fat: 18.4g

Saturated Fat: 2.3g

Cholesterol: 191mg

Sodium: 2027mg

Total Carbohydrate: 24.7g

Dietary Fiber: 1.6g

Total Sugars: 2.3g

Protein: 61g

Vitamin D: 4mcg

Calcium: 70mg

Iron: 4mg

Potassium: 87mg

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Skillets $10 & Up
Can Chicken
Can Chicken $3 & Up
Onion Powder
Onion Powder $3 & Up
Dried Thyme
Dried Thyme $3 & Up
Olive Oil
Olive Oil $4 & Up
Colanders $6 & Up
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Donna John
Quick, easy dinner.
Elisa Schmitz
What a great way to use another simple pantry staple. Looks delicious! #yum

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