Croquetas de Pollo (Chicken Croquettes)

Croquetas de Pollo Recipe (Chicken Croquettes)

Una vez al año no hace daño” goes the saying (it’s not harmful just once a year), and this applies so well to Croquetas de Pollo (Chicken Croquettes). But nature, fickle and unpredictable, did not make this a fair rule for everyone.

Let me tell you about somebody I know. We’ll call him P.

P. was my workmate for many years. One of the nicest, most patient, honest people I have ever met, but this is not what I want to tell you about. Let’s talk about P’s metabolism, which I have envied ever since we met.

Croquetas de Pollo Recipe (Chicken Croquettes)

Every day he would stop at a neighborhood comedor on his way to work and gulf down a most opiparous breakfast consisting of mondongo, or spaghetti, and even chicharrones. Each of these pack enough calories to sustain an endurance athlete through rigorous training. P. isn’t an athlete. I am not even sure that he has ever played any sport.

One would expect that he’d be very overweight. Obese even. Amazingly he was what you’d call lanky, a tall skinny guy that look like he sustained himself of casabe and water. More than a decade later, he’s still every bit as skinny. And I am every bit as envious of his amazing metabolism as I was in those days. Don’t we all know someone like that?

I, on the other hand, seem to gain weight simply from smelling food. Truth be told, I love food, but if I don’t keep a close eye on my intake my weight would balloon uncontrollably in no time. The mere idea of a mondongo breakfast gives me chest pain. I cannot indulge nearly as much as I wish I could.

Croquetas de Pollo Recipe (Chicken Croquettes)

Croquetas is truly one of those dishes I can only have once a year. Sadly so, because the contrast between its crispy crust, and the melt-in your mouth creaminess of these croquettes is the thing I dream of. I save them for Christmas.

Alas, una vez al año it is.

Buen provecho!

Aunt Clara
Croquetas de pollo (Chicken croquettes)
 
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Croquetas de Pollo Recipe (Chicken Croquettes) are very popular as party food and street food in the Dominican Republic. They are also common at Christmas dinner tables.
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Serves: 12 croquettes (aprox)
Ingredients
  • 2 lb [0.9 kg] of boneless chicken
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ½ teaspoon of pepper
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 medium white onion, grated or cut into very small cubes
  • ½ cup of flour
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of parsley finely chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons of flour (for dusting)
  • 2 cups of fine bread crumbs
  • 4 cups of vegetable oil for deep frying (canola, corn or soy)
Instructions
  1. Boil the chicken in 5 cups of water to which you added the onion, garlic, pepper and 1 teaspoon of salt (set aside the rest of the salt).
  2. Simmer until chicken is cooked through and flaking, add more water if it becomes necessary.
  3. Remove chicken from the water and cool to room temperature.
  4. Shred the chicken meat.
  5. Heat the butter in a skillet over low heat. Stir in onion and cook until it becomes transparent.
  6. Add the flour and stir vigorously until everything is well mixed, be careful to not to let it burn.
  7. Add the milk and remaining salt and stir until it is well mixed.
  8. Add the chicken and the parsley and stir until the mixture thickens enough to start lifting from the bottom.
  9. Cool to room temperature. Chill for a couple of hours.
  10. In a separate bowl stir the eggs and set aside.
  11. Put two tablespoons of the flour and chicken mixture on the palm of your hands and mould into cork shapes, if the dough sticks to your hands, cover your hands with flour.
  12. Dust the croquettes with flour, Bathe in the eggs, then cover with the breadcrumbs. Repeat until you use all the chicken mix.
  13. Chill for another three hours (best if overnight).
  14. Heat oil over medium heat in a small deep pot (there should be enough depth to cover the croquettes). Fry the croquettes until they turn golden brown.
  15. Rest on a paper towel to drain excess oil before serving.
Notes
Here we present you with the most common croquette in the Dominican Rep. , other variations you can prepare are tuna fish, ham or gouda cheese in lieu of chicken.
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  • Mylishia January 21, 2013, 1:21 PM

    Hello. I’ve tried this before and it was delicious and I came on here today to get it again, but I don’t see the recipe instructions. Is there any way you can put that back on here please?

  • Cher January 26, 2012, 9:36 AM

    What kind of breadcrumbs are you using? I don't think Italian breadcrumbs would work, it might change the flavor. Any suggestions on what kind of breadcrumbs to use/what kind to buy? Did you make your own by simply shredding bread? Thanks!

    • Aunt Clara January 26, 2012, 11:36 AM

      I pulse day-old white bread in the food processor to make my breadcrumbs.

      • Michelle February 24, 2012, 11:02 AM

        You can use panko breadcrumbs as well.

  • Norah December 29, 2011, 3:34 AM

    Deliciosa receta…la realice tal y como dice, pero tuve un problema cuando frei las croquetas, estas se partian en mitad o se abrian…porque?

    • Aunt Clara December 30, 2011, 9:58 AM

      You have to refrigerate them longer. Please visit our Spanish blog if you are more confortable in Spanish.

  • Karen Bautista November 9, 2011, 7:52 AM

    These were super easy to make and came out amazing! Thank you so much for the recipe!

  • Sophia Bella Ramirez October 26, 2011, 12:03 PM

    How many does it serve?

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