Made with chicken breasts marinated with tikka spice paste, then quickly chopped in a food processor, these chicken tikka burgers don’t dry out like whole breasts can. The result is juicy, flavorful patties your family will love.
The honest truth is that a lot of people cook with boneless, skinless chicken breasts because they are easy to handle. They cook more quickly than chicken on the bone and have very little fat but, unfortunately, that’s also what makes whole breasts a greater risk for drying out. And nobody likes dry chicken!
My solution is to start with whole breasts and season them amply, in this case, with tikka spice paste and salt. You can toss them in whatever your favorite spices are. Then I add some onion and an egg and use my food processor to chop the breasts just enough so I can form a patty. It only takes about a minute or so of short pulses. (By the way, this method also works great with pork or beef cubes.)
Of course, like any patty, the chicken tikka burgers can still be overcooked so you’ll want to watch them carefully and remove them from the hot pan when they are done. Either serve them right away or keep them warm by covering them with foil on a warm plate.
- 4 small chicken breasts (about 1.1 lbs or 500g)
- 2 tablespoons tikka spice paste (homemade from this recipe or store-bought)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ onion, sliced plus extra for serving, if desired
- 1 medium egg
- 1 slice whole-grain sandwich bread
- ½ cup or 170g Greek yogurt (for creamiest results, use whole fat yogurt)
- 1 small red chili pepper, finely minced
- 1 tablespoon finely minced onion
- 2-3 tablespoons finely minced cilantro
- 1-2 tablespoons finely minced fresh mint leaves
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- good pinch salt
- Canola or other light oil
- Raita (See ingredients list above)
- Sliced cucumber
- Sliced onion
- 4 hamburger buns
- Cut chicken into chunks.
- Add in spice paste and sprinkle on the salt. Stir to coat the chicken. Cover with cling film or pop it in a Ziploc bag and refrigerate while you prepare the raita. (This can also be done earlier in the day or even the day before.)
- To make the raita, mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl. Set aside, covered, to allow the flavors to blend.
- Put the egg and the onion for the burgers into your food processor and process until the onion is liquidized.
- Add in the spice chicken cubes and pulse several times until the chicken is in small pieces.
- Cut your slice of bread into small cubes and add them in with the chicken.
- Pulse a few more times, until the bread is incorporated.
- Divide the chicken into four, and form each into patties. It's going to be a bit sticky so lightly coat your clean hands with a little oil to stop it sticking to them.
- Cook the patties in a non-stick skillet or grill pan for about six to seven minutes each side.
- To assemble the burgers, add a spoon or two of raita to each side of the bun and pop the burger on the bottom.
- Top the patties with sliced cucumber and onion, if desired, and then the top of the bun.
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