Lancaster County Crispy Chicken Croquettes Recipe: An Old-fashioned Amish Chicken Dinner by Donna John
I'm drawn to anything Amish, especially Amish recipes. Being from the south, I love their downhome style of cooking pure comfort food. Chicken and anything crispy is also a weakness, so this Amish chicken croquettes recipe had to be made and on my dinner table. And it was a winner chicken dinner!
What makes these Lancaster County chicken croquettes different is the creamy white sauce you make to fold the chicken into. The sauce is made with butter, flour, half and half, garlic powder and dehydrated minced onion. Finely chopped cooked chicken is folded in, then the mixture is shaped into patties. If you have time, refrigerate the patties at least one hour so they're easier to handle when cooking. If not, you can shape and fry right away.
The original recipe deep-fried the chicken croquettes, but I chose to pan-fry them instead. If you want to deep fry the croquettes, heat oil in a deep fryer to about 350 degrees F. Fry a few croquettes at a time until golden brown. Remove to a paper towel to drain before serving.
Serve these crispy Amish chicken croquettes with your favorite side dishes. Try this Amish corn relish, Amish macaroni salad, Amish cucumber salad and Amish baked brussels sprouts in onion cream.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 cup half and half or milk
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dehydrated minced onions
- 2 cups cooked finely chopped chicken
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 - 1 cup breadcrumbs or panko
- vegetable oil, for frying
Here's how to make it:
- Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Whisk in the flour until smooth. Gradually pour in the half and half, whisking, until smooth. Stir in the garlic powder, minced onions, and salt and pepper, to taste. Remove from the heat.
- Stir in the chicken. Form the mixture into patties. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour (this step is helpful, but not required).
- When ready to cook, beat the eggs in a bowl. Put the breadcrumbs into another bowl. Heat about 1/2 an inch of oil in a skillet.
- Dip the patties into the egg and then into the breadcrumbs. Fry in the hot oil until golden brown on side sides and heated through, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels.
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