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Chicken With Chicken Peas And Cheese Croquettes

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Ingredients
For chicken
  Butter 2 Tablespoon
  Chicken pieces 3 Pound, cut into 8 pieces (1 Chicken)
  Onion 1 Small, peeled and grated
  Cinnamon powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Freshly ground black pepper To Taste
  Canned chickpeas 2 Cup (32 tbs), drained
  Water 1 Cup (16 tbs)
For croquettes
  French loaf/Italian white bread 1⁄2 Pound, crust cut off and cut into 1/2 inch pieces (Fresh)
  Milk 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Grated gruyere cheese 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Orange blossom water 1 Teaspoon
  Cinnamon powder 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Salt 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Vegetable oil 1 Cup (16 tbs)
For sauce
  Egg yolk 1
  Strained fresh lemon juice 1 Tablespoon
  Finely chopped parsley 2 Tablespoon
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Pre heat an oven at lowest temperature.
2. Line a baking pan with good quantity of paper towels and place in oven.
3. In a heavy bottomed casserole/ skillet, combine all the ingredients required for grilled chicken, apart from chickpeas and water. Mix well.
4. Cook on a high flame for 15 minutes or till chicken is crisp and golden brown in colour.
5. Add chickpeas and water, mix well and bring to a boil.
6. Reduce flame, cover and cook for 1 ½ hours or till chicken is cooked.
7. Once cooked, separate chicken, chickpeas and drippings/ sauce that would remain once chicken is cooked. You can cover with foil and place in oven so it stays warm till service.

MAKING
8. In a medium sized bowl, combine milk and bread and keep aside to soak for 10 minutes.
9. Once soaked, drain off excess milk and squeeze out excess milk from bread.
10. Place back in bowl and add remaining ingredients (except oil) as required for croquettes. Mix till well combined.
11. In a heavy bottomed skillet, keep oil for heating.
12. Shape croquettes into 1 inch diameter slightly flattened balls.
13. Deep fry for 1 to 2 minutes or till golden brown in colour.
14. Once fried, remove on to lined baking pan and place in oven so that they remain warm till service.

FINALIZING
15. In a small bowl, combine egg yolk and lemon juice and mix well using a fork.
16. In a small sauce pan, combine remaining chicken drippings/ sauce, egg yolk mixture and whisk well.
17. Cook on a low flame till mixture thickens. Ensure you don-€™t over heat it. There are chances of it curdling on doing so.
18. Once cooked, remove and keep aside.

SERVING
19. Make a ring formation using cheese croquettes on outer edge of serving platter.
20. Place chicken pieces on inner edges, in similar circular fashion.
21. Place cooked chickpeas at centre of platter.
22. Drizzle sauce evenly and sprinkle chopped parsley. Serve immediately.

TIPS
If you don-€™t want to use canned chick peas, use regular chick peas. Soak 1 cup dried chickpeas in water overnight. Par boil and drain. Use in recipe.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
European
Course: 
Main Dish
Method: 
Braising
Ingredient: 
Chicken
Interest: 
Party
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
100 Minutes
Ready In: 
120 Minutes
Servings: 
8

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