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Every mama needs a few quick pantry recipes up her sleeve.  I’m talking about a meal that requires little preparation that you can whip up on the fly without thawing anything out before hand.  You know, for those nights when you come in from work or ball practice and you realize you forgot to thaw out the hamburger meat/chicken, etc and fast food just won’t cut it.  This is one of those recipes.  Buy the ingredients (if you don’t already have them on your shelf) and tuck this recipe somewhere safe for such a night as this.  (That is, if you can resist making it once a week…it’s that good!)

Chicken Croquettes

1 large can (the can that is a little larger than a can of tuna) of white meat chicken
(I really like the Member’s Mark brand they have at Sam’s)
about 6 crackers (any variety – soda, ritz, wheat, etc)
1 egg
vegetable oil or coconut oil
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can of milk (use the soup can)

These patties are delicious served over rice. The chicken patties take about 20 minutes to make – from can to plate. So, you’ll want to start your rice before you start the chicken patties. Then, open your soup and dump into a saucepan with 1 can of milk. Don’t turn the saucepan on yet. Begin making your chicken patties. Having the soup ready to go on the stove will make it easy to flip the soup on so it can get hot while you are flipping the chicken patties.

On to the directions:
Drain chicken and dump into a bowl. Break up the chicken so that there aren’t any large chunks. Crush and add crackers. Add the egg. Stir. Heat oil in a large skillet. Take a small amount (a palm full) of the chicken mixture and pat it out into a patty. It mixture is too wet, add a few more crackers. Lay patty in the hot oil and continue to make more small chicken patties and add them to the oil. When all the patties are in the oil it is time to flip them one at a time. They should be golden brown. Allow the other side to brown up in the oil (it will only take a few minutes).

Drain patties on paper towels. Serve over white or brown rice with the chicken soup “gravy” over the top. DELICIOUS! This is a family favorite. Kids love it and you can have dinner on the table in 20 minutes!!!