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Anthony’s Chicken Croquettes Are Just the Meal to Serve at Your ‘Bridgerton’ Watch Party

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We’ve been waiting since the Regency period (at least it feels that way) for the second season of Bridgerton. Like everything else Shonda Rhimes has ever created (hello, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder), we’re sure the next installment of the popular Netflix series will be just as epic as the first. Even better? We have a dinner recipe that’s just right for your premiere party, since it’s from The Unofficial Bridgerton Cookbook by Lex Taylor.

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For the uninitiated, the show is based on a book series by best-selling romance author Julia Quinn. While season one summarized the events of The Duke and I, the second season will follow The Viscount Who Loved Me, which deals with Anthony Bridgerton’s quest for love. In his honor, we’ll be making the following recipe for Anthony’s Approved Chicken Croquettes.

The cookbook features themed recipes inspired by all your favorite characters. (We’re talking Penelope’s Favorite Omelet, Daphne’s Maiden Oats, Queen Charlotte’s Puff Pomeranians and more.) But we love how deliciously deceptive these chicken croquettes (which bear an uncanny resemblance to bone-in drumsticks) are. While the recipe isn’t exactly authentic for the time—since chickens were mostly prized for their eggs, unlike duck and geese, which were preferred for feasting—the zingy spice rub and shatteringly crisp breadcrumb coating is still bound to impress all your watch party guests.

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How To Make Anthony’s Approved Chicken Croquettes For Six

Ingredients

For Chicken Dry Rub

  • 1 tablespoon coarse sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar

For Croquettes

  • 6 tablespoons chicken dry rub
  • Six 4-ounce chicken drumsticks
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup whole milk, hot
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • Canola oil, for frying

Step 1: Make the dry rub: Combine ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.

Step 2: Make the croquettes: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Apply chicken dry rub to the chicken, place in a large, ungreased baking dish and bake uncovered for 45 minutes until internal temperature reaches 165°F.

Step 3: With a fork, remove the meat from the bones and set aside on a cutting board. In a small pot, add the chicken bones and enough water to cover the bones. Boil on high heat until the bones are clean, about 20 minutes. Pat the bones dry and set aside to cool for 10 minutes.

Step 4: Chop the chicken into small pieces and add to a medium pot with flour and butter. Cook over medium heat for 3 minutes, then slowly stir in the milk. Stir until thickened, about 2 minutes, and remove from heat and let cool, about 10 minutes.

Step 5: Once cool, use your hands to make six balls with the chicken mixture. Insert clean bones into each ball of chicken mixture and firmly form the mixture around the bone to resemble a drumstick.

Step 6: Add the egg to a small, shallow dish and the breadcrumbs to a medium shallow dish. Add enough oil to a large deep pan to cover the croquettes and place over medium-high heat. Heat the oil to 375°F.

Step 7: Roll “drumsticks” in egg then breadcrumbs and fry until golden brown, about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from oil and place on a paper towel to drain any excess oil. Cool 5 minutes.

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Excerpted from The Unofficial Bridgerton Cookbook by Lex Taylor. Copyright © 2021 by Alexei Taylor. Photographs by Harper Point Photography. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.