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Chicken Zucchini Fritters: the tasty, low-carb appetizer recipe

Total time: 30 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 6 people
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Looking for an easy, low-carb main dish recipe? These Easy Chicken Zucchini Fritters are just what you need in your recipe repertoire. Made with ground chicken breast and ham, it’s a meatier version of regular zucchini fritters. They’re crispy on the outside and juicy, tender on the inside.

To make it, you will need ground chicken, ham, zucchini, egg, breadcrumbs, and parmesan. Cook them in a little bit of oil until golden brown and serve. Serve them with a green salad as a light, but satisfying lunch, or serve them as an appetizer. Add your favorite dipping sauce and you have a delicious, light meal!

Chicken Zucchini Fritter Ingredients

Ground chicken – use store-bought ground chicken, or use chicken breast that you mince yourself.

Zucchini – use one large zucchini.

Eggs – use large free-range eggs.

Breadcrumbs – use store-bought or homemade breadcrumbs

Ham – use any type of chopped deli meat.

How To Make Chicken Zucchini Fritters

Prepare the zucchini first. Grate the zucchini and squeeze them with your hands to remove excess moisture. You can also use a kitchen towel or cheesecloth for this. The zucchini needs to be squeezed properly, otherwise, it will make the fritters soggy.

Transfer the zucchini to a mixing bowl, and add the ground chicken breast, parmesan cheese, cooked ham, garlic, egg, salt, pepper, and breadcrumbs.  Mix together until all the ingredients are fully combined and the mixture is smooth.

Scoop the mixture with a spoon and use your hands to create a small fritter shape. Coat the chicken zucchini fritters in more breadcrumbs. Fry the fritters in a bit of oil over medium heat until they’re golden brown and cooked through.

Tips For Making Easy Chicken Zucchini Fritters

If the fritters are falling apart or becoming too soggy, it might be because they have too much water. Make sure you wring out all the water from the grated zucchini using a cheesecloth.

To make perfect, equally-sized scoops, you can use a large ice cream scoop.

You can use any other cheeses like feta, cheddar, cream cheese, or even ricotta.

To make these Chicken Zucchini Fritters gluten-free, you can use gluten-free breadcrumbs.

Chicken Zucchini Fritters Variations

You can customize the recipe according to your taste preference. Feel free to add any of the following vegetables:

  • Corn (fresh or frozen)
  • Root vegetables (grate them first)
  • Cauliflower and broccoli (steam and mash them first)
  • When using leafy greens (like spinach or Swiss chard), you can blanch them, and squeeze out as much liquid as possible.

What To Serve With Chicken Zucchini Fritters

Serve these Chicken Zucchini Fritters with sweet chili sauce or ranch dressing. Or a healthier dipping alternative, try Greek yogurt.

How To Store Chicken Zucchini Fritters

Store the Chicken Zucchini Fritters in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Store it in an airtight container and line with paper towels to absorb excess moisture.

Can You Freeze Chicken Zucchini Fritters?

You can make the Chicken Zucchini Fritters ahead of time and store them in the freezer. Simply heat them in the oven when you’re ready to eat them. They’re freezable for up to 3 months.

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Ingredients
Zucchini
200 g
ground chicken breast
300 g
Parmesan cheese
50 g (1/2 cup)
Ham
100 g
Garlic
1 clove
Egg
1
Pepper
Salt
Breadcrumbs
30 g (1/4 cup)
Oil for frying

Instructions

Grate the zucchini and squeeze them with your hands to remove excess moisture.

Add the ground chicken breast, parmesan cheese, ham, garlic, egg, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.

Add in the breadcrumbs.

Mix together until all the ingredients are fully combined.

Scoop the mixture with a spoon and use your hands to create a fritter shape. Coat the chicken zucchini fritters in more breadcrumbs.

Pour a bit of extra virgin olive into a non-stick pan over medium-low heat. Place the chicken fritters in the pan and cook them for about 10 minutes on each side.

Cook them until they are golden brown and cooked through.

To prevent greasiness, drain the chicken zucchini fritters on a plate lined with a paper towel. Serve and enjoy!

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