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Crispy Chicken Fritters

Crispy Chicken Fritters Recipe


Crispy chicken fritters are a delightful and easy-to-make dish that combines the savory flavors of chicken with a crispy coating. These fritters are perfect as an appetizer, snack, or even a main course when paired with a side salad or vegetables. The combination of shredded chicken, Dijon mustard, and a blend of spices makes these fritters flavorful and satisfying. Let’s dive into the recipe and create some delicious crispy chicken fritters.



  • 2 cups shredded chicken or 2 cans of drained canned chicken
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Oil, for frying (vegetable or canola)


Step 1: Prepare the Chicken Mixture

  1. Shred the Chicken: If using cooked chicken breasts or thighs, shred them into small pieces. If using canned chicken, drain it well and flake it with a fork.
  2. Combine Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, combine the shredded chicken, Dijon mustard, egg, dried thyme, breadcrumbs, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Mix well until all ingredients are evenly incorporated.

Step 2: Form the Fritters

  1. Shape the Fritters: Take a small handful of the chicken mixture and form it into a patty or fritter shape. Repeat with the remaining mixture. You should get about 8-10 fritters, depending on the size.

Step 3: Fry the Fritters

  1. Heat the Oil: In a large skillet, heat about 1/4 inch of oil over medium-high heat until it shimmers.
  2. Fry the Fritters: Carefully place the fritters in the hot oil, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Fry for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and crispy. Adjust the heat as needed to prevent burning.
  3. Drain the Fritters: Once cooked, transfer the fritters to a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess oil.

Step 4: Serve

  1. Plate and Serve: Serve the crispy chicken fritters hot with your favorite dipping sauce, such as ranch, honey mustard, or aioli.

Cooking Notes and Tips

  • Chicken Preparation: For the best texture, use finely shredded chicken. You can use leftover rotisserie chicken, poached chicken breasts, or even canned chicken.
  • Consistency: If the mixture seems too wet, add a bit more breadcrumbs. If it’s too dry, add a little more Dijon mustard or a splash of milk.
  • Frying Temperature: Maintain a consistent frying temperature to ensure even cooking and a crispy exterior.


Low-Carb Version

  • Breadcrumb Substitute: Use crushed pork rinds or almond flour instead of breadcrumbs to keep the fritters low-carb.
  • Seasoning Adjustments: Add additional herbs and spices to enhance the flavor without adding carbs.

Keto Version

  • Breadcrumb Substitute: Similar to the low-carb version, use crushed pork rinds or almond flour.
  • Cheese Addition: Add grated Parmesan cheese to the mixture for extra flavor and to help bind the fritters.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Can I bake these fritters instead of frying them?

Yes, you can bake the fritters. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Place the fritters on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and spray them lightly with cooking spray. Bake for 15-20 minutes, flipping halfway through, until they are golden brown and crispy.

2. Can I use fresh herbs instead of dried thyme?

Absolutely! Fresh herbs can add a vibrant flavor to the fritters. Use about 1 tablespoon of finely chopped fresh thyme instead of dried.

3. Can I freeze these fritters?

Yes, these fritters freeze well. Allow them to cool completely, then place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Transfer the frozen fritters to a resealable freezer bag. Reheat in the oven or air fryer until heated through and crispy.


4. What dipping sauces go well with chicken fritters?

Some popular dipping sauces for chicken fritters include ranch dressing, honey mustard, garlic aioli, barbecue sauce, or a spicy sriracha mayo.

Crispy chicken fritters are a versatile and delicious dish that can be enjoyed as a snack, appetizer, or main course. The combination of shredded chicken, flavorful spices, and a crispy coating makes these fritters a crowd-pleaser. Whether you choose to fry or bake them, these fritters are sure to become a favorite in your household. Serve them with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy the delightful crunch and savory flavor of homemade crispy chicken fritters