Featuring a stunningly golden brown exterior and packing nearly a whole head of broccoli within, these Baked Chicken Patties defy expectations by avoiding the frying pan. Once you take your first bite, it’s a challenge to resist their irresistible flavor – they’re simply that delicious.
Think of them as the chicken and broccoli rendition of classic Rissoles! You can enjoy them for dinner alongside some crusty buttered bread and a side salad. Alternatively, set them out as a shared starter on a platter with a dipping sauce for a delightful beginning to your meal!
Cheesy Chicken Patties
Fritters? Or patties? My decision wavered, and I found myself using these terms interchangeably throughout this post – and even in the video, where I unintentionally emphasized “FRITTERS.”
These are a delightful variation of the ever-popular Baked Broccoli Cheese Balls. When it comes to making patties or fritters, the default move is often to reach for the frying pan and a good amount of oil. Achieving that perfect, gorgeous golden crust on patties – or fritters, for that matter – typically demands constant oil monitoring and replenishing, not to mention the laborious task of frying batch after batch, usually in about three rounds. Plus, you must keep the cooked batches warm.
Scratch all of that.
Instead, bake them! They emerge from the oven with a stunning, crispy golden finish!
Hidden broccoli – an entire head!
The chicken patties recipe specifies 2 cups of chopped broccoli, which might not sound like a lot, but it’s actually quite substantial – nearly equivalent to an entire broccoli head once it’s been cooked and finely chopped. It’s densely packed, I assure you!
However, it’s worth noting that these chicken patties are quite versatile and can easily accommodate additional broccoli or other shredded vegetables of your choice. Consider incorporating carrots, grated onions, corn, squeezed-zucchini (ensure you remove excess liquid with a dishtowel or paper towels), peas, finely sliced cabbage, and even finely chopped green beans or asparagus. I’ve included instructions in the recipe for how to incorporate these options.
Now, as for the CHEESE…
Well, you can’t rightfully label these as “cheesy patties” without a generous amount of CHEESE in the mix! The quantity you use is entirely up to your cheesy desires.
How to serve Chicken Patties
Enjoy it as a complete meal with some crusty bread and a side salad.
Share it as a communal starter by heaping them onto a platter with a flavorful dipping sauce.
Transform them into burgers by crafting larger patties, perfect for BURGERS!
Opt for chicken meatballs instead by shaping them differently and following the same cooking instructions.
When it comes to a dipping sauce, options like ketchup, Aussie tomato sauce, plain yogurt, or sour cream all work wonderfully. However, if you’re in the mood for something a bit more elaborate, consider trying out the healthier Yogurt Ranch Dipping Sauce thoughtfully provided in the recipe!