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Friday, July 12, 2013

Chicken Croquettes

Ramadan Kareem to everyone who is fortunate to gain the blessings of the sacred month. There is special focus on ibadah and prayers. With all the spirituality going around, some part of us is also working on what to have for iftar. I would not recommend spending the whole day in the kitchen to prepare a lavish iftar. Ramadan should not be about food. Therefore it is better to prepare some things ahead of time and utilize them at iftar time. This would ensure that you have free time for other more important tasks of Ramadan.

I made some chicken croquettes, which are easy and quick to make and can be prepared ahead and frozen. Since everything used in these croquettes is cooked beforehand, you just have to fry them, without fear that something will remain undercooked, and cause diseases. These are very basic croquettes, when I next try them, I might add some green chillies to enhance the flavor.



Recipe

Ingredients

2 cups cooked chicken, finely chopped or minced
1 tbsp green corriander
1 tbsp onione, finely minced 
Salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste
Oil, for deep frying

White sauce
4 tbsp butter
4 tbsp flour
1 cup flour
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup chicken broth

Coating
Flour, as required
Bread crumbs, as required
1 egg, beaten

Method

Put the chicken, corriander, and onion in a bowl. Sprinkle salt and pepper and mix. Set aside

Prepare the white sauce. Heat butter on low heat. When butter is melted , add the flour. Whisk to create a roux. Whisk for about 1 minute. Add milk in small quantities, whisking constantly. The mixture will begin to form a thick paste. When milk is added, added the broth and a pinch of salt. Whisk to remove any lumps. remove from heat.

Pour 1 cup of white sauce on the chicken. Mix thoroughly and refrigerate for a couple of hours. Remove from refrigerator. Take small quantities of mixture and form small patties. 

Put flour and bread crumbs in separate bowls. Coat the patties in flour, dip in egg and coat with bread crumbs. Set aside. Freeze if not using immediately.

Heat oil and fry until golden. These croquettes can be shallow fried or baked too as per choice. Serve with ketchup or white sauce. Happy cooking!!!

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