This recipe for Indian-spiced chicken burgers comes to you from the depths of my Google Reader. I starred it as soon as I saw it appear in Liz’s blog. I’ve been wanting to experiment more with Indian flavors and, well, I love anything with yogurt, so it sounded like a winner.
Ground chicken and I have come a long way since I had no clue what to do with it last year. I do think this recipe (and every recipe) would be better with ground chicken thighs, as the original calls for, but ground chicken breast is a very healthy and still very tasty substitution. They don’t cook very long so there’s no chance of them drying out, and the bold Indian flavors make that bland ol’ chicken breast really sing. I do admit that I wish I had pan-fried them in a little olive oil for a little extra flavor and a nice crust, though.
This was a really delicious recipe (and a great excuse for me to eat some naan!), and I’ll definitely make it again. It’s a snap, too. I formed the meatballs (I did more sliders/meatballs than burgers) and made the sauce before an appointment we had so I just had to come home and cook them.
Indian-Spiced Chicken Burgers
Adapted from Everyday Food
1 lb. ground chicken breast
3 scallions, thinly sliced
2.5 Tbsp. fresh ginger, minced
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 tsp. paprika
2 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
salt and pepper
1 small cucumber, sliced
naan and cilantro (optional) for serving
cumin yogurt sauce (recipe follows)
In a bowl, gently combine the first 8 ingredients. Form into burgers or meatballs and set aside/refrigerate for 10 minutes or longer to combine flavors.
Grill or fry the patties. Place the cucumber and cilantro on the naan, followed by the patties. Drizzle with the yogurt sauce.
Cumin Yogurt Sauce
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (or strained yogurt)
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 clove garlic, minced
sea salt and freshly ground pepper
Nutritional Information Per Serving (includes burgers, cucumber & fat free yogurt but not naan): Calories: 152 / Fat: 1.5g / Saturated Fat: 0.4g / Carbs: 3.6g / Protein: 29.3g