This turned out to be an amazingly simple supper and incredibly tasty. I had various ingredients lying around my fridge that needed to be used up and I was craving something that would feel light but deliciously satisfying, so I thought why not make a chicken burger. Luckily the only ingredients I had to buy were chicken and an avocado whilst the contents of my kitchen sorted out the rest.
This recipe as well as being simple and delicious is also great as it is free from gluten, dairy, eggs & sugar, plus it is Paleo and anti-inflammatory. So anyone with allergies, intolerances or trying to following diets for medical reasons this is an excellent recipe as will work for everyone, (excluding vegan’s and vegetarians!). It is also low in carbohydrate so great for anyone wanting to lose weight or balance their blood sugars.
Chicken burgers are a brilliant alternative to beef as they are leaner and lower in saturated fat as well as being more alkaline and less inflammatory. Chicken is also an excellent source of protein and high in B vitamins crucial for the nervous system. Remember to source your chicken properly, we don’t want an antibiotic fed, miserable chook, going into our burger, we want a happy well fed, butcher sourced or organic chook, that at least resembled a chicken a when it was alive!
I realise to die hard burger fans out there that replacing the bun with a lettuce leaf might not quite get their taste buds tingling but trust me you will be amazed! Wrapping the burger in a lettuce leaf gives it such a satisfying crunch and you feel amazing afterwards energized and light, instead of the heavy post bread slump. The juicy burger, combined with zesty guacamole, sweet tomato & crunchy cucumber all wrapped up in a lettuce leaf, its true heaven. Even my hubby was a happy boy, although I did throw in a few sweet potato chips on his plate as well just so he didn’t think he was being too short changed!
The reason I added some bacon was because I had some leftover in my fridge and I thought it would be a good addition to prevent the burger from drying out and add an extra bit of flavor, it did work wonderfully but if you would rather not add the bacon by all means leave it out., alternatively a small amount of pork mince would have the same effect, or you can just stick with chicken if you would prefer.
If you don’t have a magimix then see if you can actually get chicken or turkey mince, preferably from a good butcher.
- The Burger
- 2 chicken breasts
- 2 rashes smoke bacon or 50g of pork mince (optional)
- 1 large garlic clove
- 2 small shallot
- 1 small red chilli (deseeded)
- 1 dsp fish sauce
- 1 tsp grated ginger
- 1 handful of coriander leaves
- Black pepper
- 1 dsp coconut oil
- For the Lemony guacamole
- 1 Avocado
- 1 lemon or ½ depending on on how juicy it is
- 1 small garlic clove finely chopped
- 1 handful chopped coriander
- sprinkle of sea salt
- Black pepper
- 1dsp Olive oil
- To serve
- 2 sliced tomato
- A few slices of cucumber
- 4 iceberg lettuce leaves
- Preheat Oven to 180oc
- Finely chop the shallot, red chilli and garlic. I did it in a magi mix as I wanted this to be a quick easy supper.
- Next add the coriander leaves and pulse until finely chopped.
- Add the chicken breast and roughly chopped bacon (or pork mince) and process until ground and mince like.
- Scrape the contents of the magimix into a bowl, add the grated ginger, fish sauce & black pepper. You can add a small amount of sea salt too if you like but you but with the fish sauce and bacon you probably won’t need it.
- Give it all a good mix, then using your hands shape into 4 individual burgers.
- Heat a frying pan or griddle pan add the coconut oil and add the burgers cooking until nicely browned on each side.
- Then transfer to a baking tray and cook in pre heated oven for 15-20 mins, you must make sure it is cooked the whole way through.
- Whilst the burgers are in the oven peel & chop the avocado and place it in a bowl.
- Add the juice of the lemon, the chopped coriander & the garlic, mash and mix it together with a fork.
- Season with maldon sea salt & black pepper and a drissle of olive oil.
- To serve: Place the cooked burger inside an iceburg lettuce leaf, top with a few slices of cucumber & tomato and a dollop of guacamole.