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Chicken & Sweet Potato Croquettes

September 26, 2011

Written by Contributing Writer, Sarah Farthing

These are delectable! My sister-in-law first made these for us a few years ago. They are great re-heated for a hot lunch the next day or if you’ve made them in advance for a fast weeknight meal…


Chicken & Sweet Potato Croquettes

*From Every Day with Rachel Ray

**Mine don’t turn out like the croquettes pictured, read below the recipe to find out why!

  • 3 pounds chicken drumsticks (about 12), rinsed and patted dry
  • 7 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 cloves unpeeled garlic
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup bread crumbs, preferably panko
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • Lemon wedges, for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°. Place the chicken on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet, rub all over with 2 tablespoons butter and season with salt and pepper. Wrap the garlic cloves in foil and set on the baking sheet. Roast until the chicken juices run clear, about 45 minutes. Set the roasted garlic aside and let the chicken cool for 15 minutes. Discard the skin and bones and finely chop the meat; set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, pierce the sweet potato in several places and place on a paper towel in the microwave oven. Cook on high for 6 minutes. Turn over and cook until tender, 6 to 10 minutes more. Cover with a paper towel and let stand for 5 minutes. Peel the potato and the reserved roasted garlic and transfer to a large bowl; mash and set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan, melt the remaining 5 tablespoons butter over low heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 10 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup flour and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes. Slowly add the chicken broth, stirring until a paste forms, then cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Stir the paste into the reserved mashed potato mixture. Stir in the reserved chicken. Season with salt and pepper. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, beat the eggs with 1 tablespoon water. Place the remaining 1/2 cup flour and the bread crumbs on separate plates. Divide the croquette mixture into eight ½-inch-thick oval disks. Coat with the flour and shake off any excess. Dip in the egg mixture, letting the excess drip off, then coat with the bread crumbs. Place the breaded croquettes on wax paper.
  6. In a small skillet, heat the oil over high heat until hot but not smoking. Working in 2 batches, fry the croquettes until golden brown, 1 to 1½ minutes per side. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain. Serve 2 croquettes, with a lemon wedge, per person.

**Okay, that’s the thorough and official recipe but many times after I get the chicken legs baked and chopped, I simply add a finely diced onion, minced garlic and mashed sweet potatoes plus a little salt and pepper.  I form patties (similar in size and form to salmon cakes) out of that mixture, roll them in flour (skipping the egg step) and pan-fry them.  Works like a charm and I don’t have to look at a recipe!


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  1. Mama Nolte

      on September 26, 2011 9:19 am

    After roasting a whole chicken for one meal, the left over meat works great in this recipe. Good nutrition in a pretty package that isn’t hard to make!


  2. Whitney

      on September 26, 2011 12:05 pm

    Looks so awesome! I’m going to try them. My 3 1/2 yr old may actually eat them! (love your shortcut too!)


  3. sally

      on January 25, 2012 10:39 pm

    these are so good in my opinion mmm mmm good


  4. sally

      on January 25, 2012 10:41 pm

    since i am a vegitarien i love these they are terrific and since i want to be a chef its good to take baby steps


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