Another Recipe! Indian-Spiced Chicken Burgers

January 20, 2009 · 20 comments

in burgers and sandwiches,chicken/poultry,healthy,quick and easy

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
Serves 4

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

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maria January 20, 2009 at 7:15 pm

Love the flavors here. You know, I haven’t worked with ground chicken. Tturkey yes, but not chicken. These little burgers sound delicious though and I may have to try some soon.

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Joelen January 20, 2009 at 8:16 pm

This sounds and looks delicious – great job!

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Peter G January 20, 2009 at 9:10 pm

I love these Elly! So easy as you said and I totally love the ingredients!

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Liz January 20, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Yours look great! Even though I am insanely full right now, I could totally eat one :) Glad you liked it!

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ash January 20, 2009 at 10:00 pm

i love the ingredients too! sounds delish! i’m definitely going to try these!

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Joanne January 21, 2009 at 7:36 am

I love interesting burger recipes, especially now that I have a George Foreman grill to cook them on. I usually go for turkey burgers, and my favorite so far is a salsa verde burger. This one looks like it might give that one a run for its money though!

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joan nova January 21, 2009 at 8:28 am

Very nice. It’s amazing that just with the substitution/addition of a few spices, a simple dish takes on a whole new personality.

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dawn January 21, 2009 at 10:52 am

I am so making this! Goodness this sounds DELISH!

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Melissa January 21, 2009 at 12:56 pm

I love the flavor combinations, and you can’t go wrong with anything served on naan!

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Esi January 21, 2009 at 1:45 pm

These sound good! I have some leftover turkey so maybe I can try these with that.

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Kira January 21, 2009 at 2:18 pm

I’ve made these, and they’re so good!

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Kate January 21, 2009 at 3:17 pm

They are gorgeous on the naan!

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Niki January 21, 2009 at 6:05 pm

I made these a while back too and they are amazing!

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truenorth67 January 22, 2009 at 8:33 am

There are some Greek flavours overlapping here and it’s a testament to the parallel universes many cuisines track.

Awesome plating, right down to the Naan.

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Christine January 22, 2009 at 2:12 pm

Yum! I love new, healthy patty recipes. Make for great lunches at work!

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Kevin January 22, 2009 at 9:59 pm

Those chicken burgers sound tasty!

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Psychgrad January 26, 2009 at 10:45 am

Very nice. I’m always looking for ways to make ground chicken and turkey more flavourful. I like the yogurt sauce too!

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Samhita June 1, 2011 at 5:40 pm

I just cooked these. Added some turmeric, and hot sauce. Soooo good! Maxed on the stove since I don’t have a grill but the whole thing was so delish!

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elly June 1, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Glad you liked them! I need to make them again soon.

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