Gluten Free Croquettes: Ham & Chicken

In history, this veggie and meat-filled dish was considered a delicacy among French cuisine. They were and still can be found filled with rich ingredients such as truffles, sweetbreads, and cream cheese. However, using simple ingredients, they are just as tasty. Croquettes are also a wonderful way to use up leftover meat or poultry. The breading and deep-frying take them over the top.

Gluten Free Croquettes: Ham & Chicken

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: Makes 20 croquettes

Gluten Free Croquettes: Ham & Chicken

These wonderful gluten free croquettes bring us back in time and give us a flavorful taste of French history. Serve them as an appetizer or main course.


    For the Honey Mustard Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup gluten free mayonnaise (Best Foods or Hellmann's)
  • 1/4 cup gluten free mustard (French's or Grey Poupon)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • For the Croquettes:
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped gluten free ham (see list here)
  • 1-1/2 cups whole milk, divided
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 large clove garlic, grated or finely minced
  • 1/16 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1/16 teaspoon cayenne pepper*
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper*
  • 1/3 cup brown or rice flour
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1/4-inch pieces or ground
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • Neutral-flavored oil*, for brushing and frying
  • 1-1/2 cups finely ground gluten free breadcrumbs
  • 3 large eggs


    To Make the Honey Mustard Sauce:
  1. Whisk all of the ingredients together, cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. To Make the Croquettes:
  3. Place the ham and 1/2 cup milk in a small bowl; refrigerate a and marinate for at 1 hour.
  4. While the ham is marinating, melt the butter in a medium-size saucepan over medium heat.
  5. Add the onion, celery, garlic, thyme, cayenne (red pepper), salt, and black pepper. Lower the heat and saute until vegetables become tender, 8 - 10 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle the rice flour over the top and stir.
  7. Slowly whisk in the remaining 1 cup of milk, constantly whisking until thick.
  8. Transfer the mixture to a bowl, cover, and refrigerate until chilled, 1 hour.
  9. Transfer the chilled mixture to your food processor and pulse until pureed.
  10. Add the raw chicken cubes and evenly sprinkle in the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt; pulse until the meat is finely ground. Drain the ham and add to the food processor along with the parsley; pulse until combined. Transfer to a bowl.
  11. Drain the milk from the ham using a colander. Add the ham and parsley to the food processor; pulse until combined. Transfer to a large bowl.
  12. Lightly oil a baking sheet using neutral-flavored oil and oil your hands as well.With lightly oiled hands, shape the chicken mixture into about twenty 2-to-3-inch croquettes. Transfer to the baking sheet and refrigerate 30 minutes.
  13. Using an ice cream scooper, scoop up the chicken mixture to form 2-to-3-inch oval (or round) croquettes. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  14. In one shallow bowl, add the breadcrumbs. In a separate shallow bowl, beat the eggs. in a shallow bowl; whisk the eggs in another dish. Dip the croquettes in the eggs, then coat in the breadcrumbs; return to the baking sheet. Cover and chill until ready to fry.
  15. Working one at a time, roll the croquettes in the beaten eggs. Then dredge them in the breadcrumbs, coating all sides. Transfer them back on the baking sheet. Cover and chill another 30 minutes or until ready to fry.
  16. Preheat at least 3 inches of oil in a deep-fryer to 350ºF or a Dutch oven or other deep, heavy pot.
  17. Working in small batches, fry the croquettes until brown, about 5 minutes. (Frying time varies. The more croquettes you add to the oil, the longer it takes to brown. They become more brown and faster with less or smaller croquettes.)
  18. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plated to drain. Serve warm or with honey mustard.


***Allergens vary depending upon the breadcrumbs you use.***

*Reduce peppers for kids.

2 Replies to “Gluten Free Croquettes: Ham & Chicken”

  1. 2nd time i’m making this with leftover Christmas ham this week! only change i made is to cook the chicken breast first bc i’m a freak about raw chicken!!

    1. Gina,

      The chicken should be cooked. Sorry that I forgot to mention that. I’m out of town but will make a note to add that once I get back into the office.

      Glad you enjoyed them enough to make them again.

      Happy New Year!

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