Let’s go back in time with these Baked Chicken Croquettes made with Bechamel sauce and homemade chicken gravy, and other great old-time recipes for #SundaySupper Retro Food!
I love cooking at old cookbooks, some of the recipes are so different than anything made today! So, of course, I love this weeks Retro Food theme, hosted by Heather from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks. I also love this recipe! I grew up eating chicken croquettes, but they weren’t homemade, they were the frozen, store-bought kind. After I got married I looked for them in a few local grocery stores, and nobody carried them anymore. I started making my own, and must have made them at least twenty times, but as I got busier with the blog and my family, I forgot about them. Well, that and my mother-in-law’s grocery store started carrying them sometimes and my husband would pick them up for me. Not the same as my homemade croquettes, but lack of time…yada, yada…
Fast forward to this Retro Food theme, and my search for a great recipe to make. My husband was even trying to help me. Duh, baked chicken croquettes! Popular in the 1970’s and 80’s. Only, I couldn’t find my recipe anywhere! Did I make a recipe from a cookbook? Looked through all the ones I’ve owned since we got married. Did I find it online? I searched, but couldn’t find anything that sounded like what I used to make. Did I make up my own recipes? Very possible, but then why is it not written down in any of my notebooks? I have NO IDEA!! I still wanted to make them though, so I turned to a classic recipe, and made some necessary changes for my husband’s diet.
I went with a recipe from The Fannie Farmer Cookbook by Marion Cunningham. It isn’t very much like the recipe I used to make. First of all, it calls for a thick Bechamel sauce in the chicken mixture. I think I just used milk, but I wanted to try it. Secondly, it has lemon juice and a little bit of cayenne pepper in the mix. I know I never used either, but decided to try it. My suggestion would be to use a very small pinch of cayenne, I think I used to much. I had to bake the chicken croquettes, I just couldn’t justify frying them with my husband’s low-fat diet. I still wanted them crispy, so I lightly brushed them with canola oil.
I made a homemade chicken gravy to go with the Baked Chicken Croquettes. If you are making chicken specifically for this recipe, I suggest simmering 2-3 chicken breasts in low-sodium chicken broth for 1 hour, then save the broth to make the gravy. It will be delicious! You could make and shred the chicken the day before to save time.
Baked Chicken Croquettes
Please check out all the groovy retro foods shared today after the Baked Chicken Croquettes recipe. Did I really just say “groovy”? Kill me please, I am not that old!!
- For the Chicken Croquettes
- 2 cups finely shredded chicken breast (preferably simmered in low-sodium chicken broth for 1 hour to cook)
- 1 cup HOT 2% milk
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons light butter
- fresh ground pepper, to taste
- 1/4 cup minced celery with leaves (about 1 tablespoon minced leaves)
- 1/4 cup minced yellow onion
- 1 tablespoon minced parsley
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- small pinch cayenne pepper
- 2 eggs ,lightly beaten
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- canola oil ,for brushing (less than 1/4 cup)
- cooking spray
- For the Chicken Gravy
- 1 cup reserved chicken broth (or low-sodium chicken broth)
- 1 1/4 HOT cup 2% milk
- 2 tablespoons finely shredded chicken
- 2 tablespoons light butter
- 2 tablespoons flour (or 1 tablespoon cornstarch)
- 1 teaspoon minced parsley
- black pepper ,to taste
Make the Thick Cream Sauce: Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring constantly until it forms a thick paste, 1-2 minutes. Add the HOT milk (heat it in the microwave in a microwave safe liquid measuring cup) and pepper, continue to stir, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook for 2-3 minutes more, stirring, until thickened. Remove from heat and pour a thin layer of milk over it to prevent a skin from forming. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the chicken, celery, onion, lemon juice, parsley, cayenne pepper, and cream sauce. Stir until well blended. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled (at least 45 minutes).
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Form the chicken mixture into 8 balls or cones about 2 inches round. Dip each ball in the beaten eggs, then roll in the panko breadcrumbs. Place on a large baking sheet sprayed lightly with cooking spray. Brush lightly (or spray) with the canola oil. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, turning carefully after 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, make the gravy: Melt the butter in a small saucepan, stir in the flour, cook for one minute, pour in the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring for 1 minute. Add in the milk, chicken, parsley,and black pepper, reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring often until thicken.
Adapted from The Fanny Farmer Cookbook
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