Mexican chicken burger

This is a quick and healthy weeknight recipe.

I went a bit crazy on the amount of cilantro, but it wasn’t overpowering at all. If you are not afraid of the heat, add one or two chipotle peppers in your mayo instead of the mild chili powder.

Ground chicken can easily become very dry. The addition of bread soaked in milk takes care of that. Your burgers will be very juicy, I guarantee it.

For the patties:

450 g (1 pound) lean ground chicken
2 slices whole wheat bread
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
a bit of olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon Mexican oregano (or regular oregano)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
about 1/3 cup dried breadcrumbs
1/3 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped

1. Remove the crusts from the bread and cut it up in small pieces. Soak the bread in milk for 10 minutes.
1. While the bread is soaking, cook the onion, jalapeño and garlic in a bit of oil over medium heat until soft.
2. In a bowl, add the ground chicken, the onion mixture and the rest of the ingredients. Squeeze the excess milk from the bread (if any) and add it in. Mix well with your hands. You may need to adjust the quantity of breadcrumbs to get the right consistency. Form patties and cook until done.

For the mayo:

1/3 cup light mayonnaise
1 teaspoon chili powder
a pinch of salt and pepper

Mix all ingredients together.

For the sour cream:

1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
the juice of half a lime
a pinch of salt

Assemble your burger on onion buns. Put a bit of chili mayo on the bottom half, then the patty, slather the lime sour cream on it, add a slice of Monterey Jack cheese, put a few slices of avocado, lots of fresh cilantro, a bit more mayo on the top bun and enjoy!

Makes four to six burgers.

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  1. This was fantastic! So right about the milk soaked bread keeping the burger moist. With the cilantro, avocado and cumin it is obvious we speak the same food language! I sent my son a text to come home for dinner and told him what it was…he had visions of his grandmother popping a frozen chicken patty in the oven, lol! He scarfed down 2 and I had to package up the rest of them for him to take to his apartment. LOVE your blog! The recipe’s are innovative and the flavors are wonderful. I also made the pasta with the gouda and peas and that was terrific, as well. Making the Salsiccia con uva tonight! BTW…we met at dinner the last night you were in Italy…one of our most fun evenings on the trip!


    • It is good to hear from you, Sherry! I am very happy you are enjoying the blog and the food. Hope you had a good trip. We too spent an excellent evening with you and your husband. Don’t be shy to give us a shout if you ever come to the Ottawa area, we would be more than happy to have you guys over!


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