Healthy, kid friendly chicken croquettes

Who doesn’t like deep fried stuff ? I guess we all do ! It’s the kind of food I believe I can indulge in once in a blue moon.

My son is developing an appetite for delicious meals , so the experimenting stage is in full swing at the moment ! Like most kids he loves fried food , but as a mom I like to feed him healthy and nutritious meals !

Since I last experimented with the cheesy beetroot croquettes , which he loved to an extent , I thought of giving these chicken croquettes a go using this ebelskiver/ paniyaram pan too ! This is the way my mum prepares them but uses semolina for the coating and pan fries them. But the breading procedure definitely takes these good ‘ol croquettes a notch higher!


We purchased a whole chicken the other day , some boneless portion went into making some yummy chicken Tikkas and the rest bone in portion along with the drumsticks , went into making a super healthy and delicious chicken stock seasoned with Cinammon , bay leaves, cloves and peppercorns. I shredded the meat and thought about making these croquettes. These turned out extremely crispy and absolutely soft on the inside ! I bet you would be surprised that these are not deep fried! Why don’t you give these a go too ?? Trust me on this one πŸ™‚

I would like to dedicate this post to my dear friends Soniya & Anvita who blog together @ The belly rules the mind ! They have some amazing dishes using this particular pan , and I would suggest you check out their site , it’s a treasure of healthy and delicious recipes πŸ™‚


200 grams of cookedΒ chicken meat/rotisserie chicken

1 medium boiled gold potato , about 3/4th cup

1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste

1 teaspoon Kashmiri chilly powder/sweet paprika

1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder

1/2 teaspoon garam masala

1 teaspoon vinegar/ lemon juice

2 teaspoon tomato ketchup

Dash of Worcestershire sauce (optional)

2 tablespoons finely chopped onions

Handful of cilantro ( dhania ) or parsley

1 egg

about less than 1/4 cup all purpose flour (maida)

3/4th cup Panko breadcrumbs / plain breadcrumbs

salt and pepper to season

oil as required


1.Transfer the cookedΒ chicken meat to a food processor/ grinder , grind to a very fine paste without any water.

2.In a mixing bowl, combine ground chicken meat, grated boiled potato, spices , sauces , egg yolk and season with salt and pepper. Mix to combine well.


3.Prepare the breading station : PlaceΒ flour , the egg white & Panko breadcrumbs in Β 3 different shallow bowls, season each with salt and pepper .Make lime size balls of the chicken dough, Β dredge it in all purpose flour , then the egg white and finally coat them well with the breadcrumbs. Repeat this procedure twice if required, so the breadcrumbs adhere well. Repeat with the remaining . Transfer to a plate and refrigerate for 15 mins. Heat the ebelskiver/ paniyaram pan on medium heat , and drizzle few drops of oil in each cavity , place the prepared chicken croquettes in the pan , cook, turning sides until it’s golden brown on all the sides. Serve with ketchup or dip of your choice.





  1. Adjust the spices as per your preference, I’ve kept it very mild.

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  1. Loretta says:

    Love it Freda. We’re on the same wavelength again… I posted Goan pan rolls, you posted croquettes. I like the idea of the pan, I may have seen it at the Indian store, but I can’t really tell if you’ve baked it or browned it on the stove? They look baked, but I read that you’ve done it on the stove?

  2. tentimestea says:

    These look so cute and fun! It’s not just kid friendly, but absolutely everyone friendly! I always thought that an ebelskiver pan might take up more room than it’s worth (in our already crowded kitchen!) but there’s so many possibilities and ways it can be used πŸ™‚

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