In this house I am blessed with two boys who approach food in very different ways. We have the fussy eldest eater and foodie youngest eater. Finding meals that allow both boys to eat well is at times a battle. Things my eldest loves to eat are burgers, sausages, breaded fish or chicken. He dislikes pasta but loves potatoes in all forms. As I had the time recently I pulled together a homemade chicken burger meal to see how that goes down.
These burgers I made with 3 whole chicken breasts (I wanted chicken or turkey mince but the supermarket had none!), and that was pretty much it. And he ate it - he ate and said he enjoyed it, so I am calling it a win - I think I could make a batch of these and freeze them. (I'm terrible at using my freezer to the best capacity) Me and the big fella also ate these with a frozen pizza!! I think if I was making again for just us I would through in some chilli jam into the mix - yum!
- 3 x skinless chicken breasts
- 1/4 courgette
- 1 small carrot
- 2 spring onions
- 1 slice of wholemeal bread
- 50g of cheddar cheese (I used extra mature but Parmesan would work too)
- Breadcrumbs (yes I used store bought! But homemade would be good too - I just didnt have the time)
- Finely grate the carrot, spring onions and courgette (I removed the skin to allow my anti green vegetable boys to be fooled) Soften the vegetable over a medium heat. Allow to cool completely.
- Add the slice of bread and cheese to a food processor and whiz until breadcrumbs.
- Roughly chop the the chicken breasts and add to the food processor. Mix until fully combined.
- Scoop and shape into patty shapes - I went smaller to accommodate my boys, but you could make them larger.
- Coat in bread crumbs and allow to chill in the fridge for about 15-30 mins.
- Bake in the oven until fully cooked (these cooked for about 45 mins or so while the wedges were cooking)
- Finally I did fry them quickly to add a crunchy coating to the burgers.
There you have it. I served the burgers in these new Kingsmill Burger thins which were lovely and soft - and not too heavy on the bread!! Both boys got stuck in and ate which means it was a win in my eyes. A "take away" but made with fresh ingredients, very little oil and added vegetables.