• 4 tablespoons olive oil or 55 grams butter
  • 4 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 115 grams cooked chicken, ground
  • 55 grams Serrano or cooked ham finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped flat leaf parsley
  • Small pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 cup day old white bread crumbs
  • Corn oil, for deep frying
  1. Heat the olive oil (or butter) in a pan.
  2. Stir in the flour to form a paste and cook gently for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and gradually stir in the milk until smooth.
  4. Return to the heat and slowly bring to a boil, stirring all the time, until the mixture boils and thickens.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat, add the ground chicken, and beat until the mixture is smooth.
  6. Add the chopped ham, parsley, and nutmeg and mix well together.
  7. Season the mixture to taste with salt and pepper.
  8. Spread the chicken mixture in a dish and let stand for 30 minutes, until cool, then cover and put in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours or overnight.
  9. When the chicken mixture has chilled, pour the beaten egg on a plate and spread out the bread crumbs on a separate plate.
  10. Divide the chicken mixture into 8 equal-size portions.
  11. With dampened hands, form each portions into a cylindrical shape.
  12. Dip the croquettes, one at a time, in the beaten egg, then roll in the bread crumbs to coat them.
  13. Place on a plate and let chill in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.
  14. To cook the croquettes, heat the oil in a deep-fryer to 350-375°F, or until a cube of bread browns in 30 seconds.
  15. Add the croquettes in batches to prevent the temperature of the oil dropping, and deep-fry for 5-10 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.
  16. Remove the croquettes from the pan with slotted spoon and drain well on paper towels.
  17. Serve the croquettes piping hot, garnished with parsley sprigs, and accompanied by a bowl of aioli for dipping.

*Don’t be tempted to miss out the chilling stage, chilling the croquettes helps to stop them from falling apart.

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