abuela’s croquettas

croquettas are a traditional spanish/ cuban food that my grandmother used to make every holiday. i decided to make them this christmas since we haven’t had any in years! the recipe was a bit tricky to follow, but here it is: (this yielded over 100, definitely make smaller batches if you don’t want that many!)

  1. cook chicken first:


  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • salt/ pepper
  • 8 boneless skinless chicken breasts


  • preheat oven to 350
  • put chicken in foil-lined pan
  • cover chicken with onion and garlic
  • add salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder to taste
cooked chicken

2. cook bacon

  • 3 packages of bacon- bake in oven at 350 until slightly crispy.

3.  chicken and bacon


  • olive oil
  • approx. 70 oz chicken broth
  • 4 tbs butter
  • 8 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • salt
  • 1 diced, caramelized onion (optional)


  • cut chicken and bacon into small pieces
  • put some of mixture into food processor with chicken broth, not too loose
  • repeat until all of chicken/bacon mixture is blended
  • put into large pot(s) covered in layer of olive oil and warm over medium heat
  • sift flour: use approx one cup of flour for every cup of broth used previously
  • cook mixture until thick
  • add one heaping teaspoon of salt and one teaspoon sugar
  • add 4 tbs butter
  • cook approx 2 minutes more
  • taste, adjust flavor to your liking
  • spook into pan, cover with plastic wrap, refrigerate
chicken and bacon
cooked with flour, ready to refrigerate

4. croquettas


  • approx 14 eggs, beaten
  • large container italian spice bread crumbs
  • olive oil


  • spoon and mold mixture into equal sized portions
  • roll in bread crumbs
  • roll in beaten eggs
  • roll in bread crumbs again
  • fry in olive oil (or freeze for later)
ready to fry

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