Do you have a favorite diner food?  Meatloaf?  Chicken fried steak? Omelettes?  Well, my all-time favorite diner food is Chicken Croquettes!  It’s what I usually order whenever I eat at a diner.  It’s not always good, though.  Some diners are certainly better than others with this menu item.  I hate when they are dry and tasteless.  Funny thing is, I have never attempted to make these at home.  I think I heard somewhere that they were difficult to make and so I just never bothered.

I learned a long time ago that there are certain things that need to be kept in my pantry.  Things that help make a meal out of basics – perfect for those nights when I don’t have time to shop or frankly, don’t feel like it.  My list of staples include flour, sugar, cream of chicken soup, bread crumbs, chocolate chips, cinnamon and dried minced onions.  Don’t misunderstand, I don’t use all of these together, but I often fall back on them.

What gets leftover in your fridge the most?  For me, it seems to be chicken.  I always make too much and because it’s just my daughter and I living together, it gets a little boring eating the same leftovers for days on end.  We can never finish it up before it expires.  I hate throwing away food, and yet I never know what to do with it.

If you’re still following along with this fractured story, I’ll pull it all together right here.  I came across a recipe for Chicken Croquettes that claimed to be simple.  Of course, I happened upon this today, after a long morning of baking and cleaning.  I’m exhausted so the “simple” claim was appealing.  The thought of shopping for ingredients was not.  Luckily, my pantry staples came in handy, and I even had leftover chicken and celery in the fridge.  I don’t know what excited me more…the thought of eating Chicken Croquettes or the fact that I wasn’t going to be throwing away all of that chicken!

I gathered the ingredients and began the preparation.  The chicken went into my Ninja Chopper (love that thing!)  I had enough chicken to double the recipe, so I did. (see what I mean about making too much?)  My plan was to make these and then freeze the extras for another time.  Basically, everything went into a bowl and was mixed with my hands.  I formed 12 patties and put them in the fridge to firm up.  When it was time for dinner, I coated them with bread crumbs and browned them in a pan.  I made the sauce as per the recipe and served them with applesauce and mashed potatoes (just like at the diner).  Yes, it was simple – and delicious.  Here’s the recipe:

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Ingredients

1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup

 

 

1 1/2 cups finely chopped, cooked chicken meat

 

1/4 cup Italian-style dry bread crumbs

 

2 tablespoons minced celery

 

1 tablespoon minced onion

1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning

1 tablespoon shortening

1/2 cup milk

1/8 tablespoon poultry seasoning

1/2 cup Italian-style dry bread crumbs, for rolling

Directions

  • Combine 1/3 cup of the soup, chicken, bread crumbs, celery, onion and 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning. Mix well and shape into 6 croquettes (I make patties). Chill in refrigerator for about 1 hour.
  • Remove croquettes from refrigerator and roll in additional bread crumbs. In a large skillet, melt 1 to 2 tablespoons shortening. Brown the croquettes in the shortening. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the remaining soup, milk and 1/8 teaspoon poultry seasoning. Heat over low, stirring occasionally. Serve sauce over croquettes.

{This recipe can be found at Allrecipes)

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