Chicken fritters taste incredible and can be enjoyed as an appetizer or a light meal. They are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and incredibly easy to make. Instructions are given to pan fry or air fry.
Chicken fritters are a versatile dish that can be enjoyed in various ways.
You can serve them for lunch or dinner, as an appetizer at a party, pack them in a lunchbox, or even use them as a filling for sandwiches or wraps. The possibilities are endless!
These fritters are made with diced chicken breast, which provides a lean and protein-rich base.
The addition of dill, garlic powder, and mustard adds a burst of flavor, while the mayonnaise and egg help bind everything together.
The result is a delightful combination of crispy, flavorful, and juicy chicken fritters that will have everyone asking for seconds.
We love serving them up with Microwave Green Bean Casserole and a scoop of mashed potatoes.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- With a preparation time of just 10 minutes, chicken fritters are a go-to recipe when you're short on time. Whether you're cooking for a gathering or a busy weeknight dinner, these fritters can be whipped up in no time.
- Chicken fritters can be enjoyed in various ways. Serve them as an appetizer, snack, or even as a main course with a side of salad or vegetables.
- If you have picky eaters at home, chicken fritters are a fantastic way to sneak in some protein. The crispy exterior and familiar flavors make them appealing to kids of all ages.
- Hosting a party or get-together? Chicken fritters are guaranteed to be a hit. Make them bite-sized so they are perfect for sharing and will have your guests coming back for more.
You only need simple pantry ingredients for this recipe!
- Chicken Breast: Choose boneless, skinless chicken breasts and dice them into small cubes. This ensures even cooking and a tender texture. If you prefer a different protein, you can substitute the chicken with ground turkey or ground chicken.
- Egg: The egg acts as a binding agent, holding the fritters together. If you have an egg allergy or prefer an egg-free option, you can replace the egg with a flaxseed or chia seed egg substitute.
- Dill: Chopped dill adds a refreshing and herbaceous flavor to the fritters. If you don't have dill on hand, you can substitute it with other fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro.
- Garlic Powder: Garlic powder provides a hint of savory flavor to the fritters. If you prefer a stronger garlic taste, you can use minced fresh garlic instead.
- Salt: Salt enhances the flavors and helps to season the fritters. Adjust the amount according to your taste preferences.
- Mayonnaise: Mayonnaise adds moisture to the fritters and contributes to their tenderness. If you don't have mayonnaise, you can substitute it with Greek yogurt or sour cream for a tangy twist.
- Dijon Mustard: Dijon mustard adds a tangy and slightly spicy flavor to the fritters. If you're not a fan of mustard, you can omit it or use a milder mustard variety.
- Flour: Flour acts as a binding agent and helps to give the fritters structure. You can use all-purpose flour or substitute it with almond flour or gluten-free flour for a gluten-free version.
- Baking Powder: Baking powder helps the fritters to rise slightly and gives them a light and fluffy texture. Make sure your baking powder is fresh for the best results. If using gluten free flour, check that your baking powder is gluten free.
- Vegetable Oil: Vegetable oil is used for frying the fritters. You can also use other high-heat oils like canola oil.
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How to make
Follow these step-by-step instructions, then scroll down for the full ingredients list and method.
Dice the chicken breasts into very small pieces. You can do it by hand or in a food processor.
Add the egg, dill, garlic powder and salt and stir to mix thoroughly.
Stir in the mayonnaise and mustard.
Add the flour and baking powder and mix thoroughly.
Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
To pan fry:
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Carefully drop spoonfuls of the chicken mixture into the hot oil, being cautious not to overcrowd the pan. Flatten each spoonful slightly with the back of the spoon.
Fry the chicken fritters for about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until they turn golden brown and crispy, and the chicken is cooked through. Cook them in batches to avoid over crowding.
Once cooked, transfer the chicken fritters to a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil.
To air fry:
Preheat the air fryer to 400°F. Line an air fryer basket with parchment paper and drizzle with a little oil. Place scoops of the chicken fritter batter onto the parchment paper and press down to spread them out a little. Air Fry for 8 minutes, then flip each one over and air fry for a further 3-5 minutes or until golden and cooked through. Cook in batches so they aren’t overcrowded in the air fryer.
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- If you like a little heat, add some chili powder or cayenne pepper to the chicken fritter mixture. This will give the fritters a spicy kick that pairs perfectly with a cooling dipping sauce.
- For an extra indulgent twist, mix in some grated cheese, such as cheddar or mozzarella, into the fritter batter. The melted cheese will add richness and gooeyness to each bite.
- Add some finely chopped vegetables like bell peppers, onions, or zucchini to the fritter mixture for an extra boost of nutrition and texture. It's a great way to sneak in some veggies!
- Give your fritters an Asian-inspired twist by adding soy sauce, ginger, and chopped scallions to the mixture. Serve them with Unagi Sauce for an extra burst of flavor.
Dips and Sauces for Serving
These chicken fritters are great with various sauces and dips! Try these:
- Sour cream
- Sweet chili
- Dill Dip Recipe
- Donair Sauce
- Arby's Horsey Sauce
- Chipotle Southwest Sauce (Subway Copycat)
- Bacon Aioli
- Horseradish Aioli
If you have any leftovers, you can store the chicken fritters in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
To reheat them, simply pop them in a preheated oven at 350°F for about 10 minutes or until heated through.
You can also freeze the cooked fritters in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Thaw them in the refrigerator overnight and reheat them as needed.
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- Small Dice: It's important to dice the chicken breast into small pieces so that they cook quickly and evenly. A food processor can help speed up the process if you prefer not to dice by hand.
- Refrigeration Time: Allowing the fritter batter to chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes helps the flavors meld together and makes it easier to shape the fritters.
- Avoid Overcrowding: When pan frying, be sure not to overcrowd the pan. Cook the fritters in batches to ensure they crisp up nicely and cook evenly.
- Use Parchment Paper: When air frying the fritters, lining the air fryer basket with parchment paper helps prevent sticking and makes cleanup a breeze. It also helps the fritters maintain their shape while cooking.
Yes, you can bake the fritters instead of frying them for a healthier option. Preheat your oven to 375°F and place the fritters on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until golden and cooked through, flipping them halfway through.
- 1 ½ lbs chicken breast cut into small cubes
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- 2 tablespoons chopped dill
- ½ teaspoon powdered garlic
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil for frying
- Dice the chicken breasts into very small pieces. You can do it by hand or in a food processor.
- Add the egg, dill, garlic powder and salt and stir to mix thoroughly.
- Stir in the mayonnaise and mustard.
- Add the flour and baking powder and mix thoroughly.
- Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
To pan fry:
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Carefully drop spoonfuls of the chicken mixture into the hot oil, being cautious not to overcrowd the pan. Flatten each spoonful slightly with the back of the spoon.
- Fry the chicken fritters for about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until they turn golden brown and crispy, and the chicken is cooked through. Cook them in batches to avoid over crowding.
- Once cooked, transfer the chicken fritters to a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil.
To air fry:
- Preheat the air fryer to 400°F. Line an air fryer basket with parchment paper and drizzle with a little oil. Place scoops of the chicken fritter batter onto the parchment paper and press down to spread them out a little. Air Fry for 8 minutes, then flip each one over and air fry for a further 3-5 minutes or until golden and cooked through. Cook in batches so they aren’t overcrowded in the air fryer.
- Serve the chicken fritters warm with your favorite dipping sauce, such as barbecue sauce, ranch dressing, or sweet chili sauce.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and can vary depending on several factors, so is not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietician for special diet advice.