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How to Make Chicken Patties with Canned Chicken

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Learn how to make the best chicken patties ever! I show you how to make delicious chicken patties that are full of flavor with some recipe secrets to keep your patties tender, flaky, and never dry.

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Chicken Patties to the Rescue

If you have forgotten to defrost something for dinner or simply have not had the time to go grocery shopping, it’s time to turn to your pantry. And if you have canned chicken in your working pantry or your extended pantry, you can have a great meal on the table in about 30 minutes. Chicken patties are easy to make and will be very flavorful, thanks to a few secrets I have to share with you in my recipe video.

If you have shied away from keeping canned chicken on hand because you think it looks and tastes like tuna fish, I understand completely! But thanks to a good rinse and some tasty seasoning, you can bring the canned chicken back to life and have some of the best chicken patties you’ve ever tasted!

Seasonings for Chicken Patties

I decided that I would serve my chicken patties with spaghetti and marinara sauce, so I used a mix of seasonings to give my chicken patties an Italian twist! But as I describe in my printable recipe, you can use any type of seasoning. Be creative and flavor your canned chicken any way you want.

Ideas for Seasoning Chicken Patties

In the video below, I share how to make 10 different seasoning blends, any of which can be used to flavor your canned chicken. And all of these are easy to make. I bet you already have the ingredients in your pantry!

To really kick up the nutrition, try adding a tablespoon of my nutrient-dense all-purpose seasoning mix. This recipe is easy to make and takes the nutrients in your chicken patties—or anything you add it to—to a whole ‘nother level!

And you can never go wrong with an old-fashioned but tried and true classic, like poultry seasoning to bring out the flavor of any chicken dish!

Make Your Own Chicken Patty Ingredients

Want to try your hand at making your breadcrumbs to use when making these chicken patties? It’s easy! And I show you how in my homemade breadcrumbs recipe video. The best part is that you’ll never throw out stale bread again. So nothing goes to waste!

And if you would like to add some “candied” tomatoes to your chicken patties for a real burst of flavor, learn how to make slow roasted candied tomatoes. These are easy to make and absolutely scrumptious…even as a snack!

Want to fry up your chicken patties in butter? You can certainly do that! And what better way to do that than with your own homemade butter.

Source for Beef Tallow

Beef tallow is an excellent and healthier ingredient to use when you need a fat made for frying with a 400°F smoke point. If you’re looking for beef tallow to pan-fry your chicken patties or to use in other recipes, I like to get my beef tallow, bones for bone broth, and many other products from US Wellness Meats. This is not a sponsored post. I have been a long-time customer, and I have always been impressed with the quality and taste of their products.

In the following videos, I show you an unboxing of one of my shipments, and I also show you the best bones for bone broth using beef bones that I purchased from US Wellness Meats.

More Recipes for Pantry Meals

Need more ideas for quick and easy pantry meals? No problem! I’ve got you covered with a 10-minute chicken tortilla soup and a very flavorful canned salmon recipe. And if you think you don’t like sardines, think again. Try my sardines recipe, and you’ll start craving these little cans of fish again and again!

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More Chicken Recipes

When you have more time available, be sure to try roasting a chicken and then use the carcass to make bone broth that you can use for a delicious soup. You’ll easily have enough food for another meal. And when you are craving something crispy, be sure to try my chicken cutlets.

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Best Chicken Patties Ever!

5 from 2 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
Learn how to make the best chicken patties ever! These delicious patties are tender, flaky, and never dry.


  • Large bowl
  • Medium bowl
  • Frying pan


  • 2 cups Breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup Heavy cream 1/2 and 1/2 or whole milk can be substituted. If you use an alternative dairy such as coconut milk, oat milk, or almond milk, use 3/4 cup of the liquid and add 1/4 cup fat of choice, such as olive oil or coconut oil.
  • 2 cans Chicken I used cans that were 12.5 ounces each, but you do not have to be exact. You can also substitute 2 cups of shredded cooked chicken or home-canned chicken.
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1 tbsp Dried Italian seasoning, optional Although optional, I highly recommend some type of seasoning. You can add Italian seasoning as I have or any other seasoning you like, such as Herbs de Provence, Southwest seasoning, or Ranch seasoning.
  • 1 medium Onion, peeled and grated
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cups Soft vegetables, fresh or frozen I used one bunch of Italian flat leaf parsley and 1/4 cup of oven-dried tomatoes. Any soft veggies can be used, including chopped spinach or other greens.
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs, optional
  • 1/4 cup Fat, for pan frying I used beef tallow, but other options are ghee or clarified butter, olive oil, or coconut oil. You can even use butter, but be careful not to overheat the butter so that the milk solids do not burn.


  • Place breadcrumbs in a large bowl and pour cream over them. Mix well and set aside.
  • Remove chicken from cans and place into a mesh strainer over the sink. Rinse chicken VERY well for 1 minute while shredding chicken with your fingers. (See video.)
  • Place rinsed canned chicken into a medium-sized bowl. Sprinkle salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes (if using), and seasoning (if using) over the chicken.
  • Add the onion and vegetables into the bowl with the chicken. Mix VERY well with clean hands, squeezing the mixture to help infuse the chicken with the flavor of the seasonings and vegetables.
  • Beat the two eggs and pour over the chicken mixture. Mix well to incorporate the eggs.
  • Add the chicken mixture to the breadcrumbs and cream in the large bowl.
  • Mix everything together very well and shape into 6 or 8 patties.
  • If you want, you can roll the patties in Panko breadcrumbs. (As I describe in the video, Panko gives your patties a little more exterior crunch.)
  • Heat the fat in the frying pan over medium heat, approximately 350°F.
  • Once the fat comes up to temperature, place 3 patties (or 4 patties if you have made 8) into the sizzling fat and sauté for 4-5 minutes on each side.
  • Repeat the process with the remaining patties until you have cooked all the patties.
  • Once cooked, transfer each patty to a paper towel-lined platter.
  • You can serve the patties immediately, but you can also keep them warm in a 200°F oven for 30 minutes until you are ready to serve them.
  • Leftover cooked patties will stay fresh, well wrapped, in the refrigerator for 2 days. Rewarm patties on a baking sheet in a preheated 350°F oven for approximately 10 minutes until heated through.
  • The cooked patties may also be frozen, well wrapped, and will keep for up to 1 month. To reheat frozen patties, place them unthawed on a baking sheet, cover with aluminum foil, and warm them at 350°F for 30 minutes. Remove aluminum foil for the last 5 minutes to allow the patties to crisp.



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Cuisine: Americana
Keyword: Canned Chicken Patties, Chicken, Chicken Patties
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  1. Cheri says:

    Miss Mary,
    Do you make your beef tallow, or do you purchase it? If you purchase it, do you buy it from US Wellness Meats or another source?
    Thanks so much! Love this video and plan to make the chicken patties soon!

    1. Mary's Nest says:

      Hi Cheri,

      Thanks for your comment. You have a great question that other readers may have too! I get my beef tallow from US Wellness Meats. I updated this recipe post to include a section on where to get beef tallow, bones for bone broth, and more, along with a coupon to help folks save 15% off of their US Wellness Meats purchase.

      Thanks again for your comment and kind words. And a special thanks for being a subscriber and sweet friend! 🙂

      Love and God bless,

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