Chicken Burger – let’s give it some Thai flavors!!

A chicken burgers can be very bland some days…you  have to do something really spectacular to that chicken by grilling, basting or crumbing it. A good chicken burger on the other hand, can be heavenly and can easily stand up to your favorite beef burger.
For me, making a good chicken burger, always meant I had to crumb the burger, but recently I saw this idea of making  a Thai Chicken Burger. I think it was a recipe by Bill Granger, but I have no idea of which magazine I saw this in.

This burger is light, healthy and so, so fragrant. Served with a simple cucumber salad on the side, it is ideal for serving at a picnic, next to the pool or as a light supper outside in the garden. This is my take on what  I remember from reading the recipe……

Thai Chicken Burger with a light cucumber salad!

700gr chicken breast fillet – skin and boneless
125gr fresh bread crumbs
1-2 chillies
1 stick of lemon grass – hard out leaves removes
a big handful of coriander
salt/pepper
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 egg
1 shallot
oil for frying
1 teaspoon green curry paste – optional

Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blitz until combined but not completely smooth, you want to retain a chunky consistency. Make fat and plump patties and shallow fry in hot oil. Serve on a fresh buns with sweet chili sauce and this delicious cucumber salad..

Cucumber Salad

!/2  English cucumber – peeled
1 red chili – seeds removed and chopped
1 small red onion – slices thinly
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp sugar
salt/pepper
zest and juice of a lime

Slice the cucumber very thinly using a  mandolin or use your vegetable peeler and cut the cumcumber in long thin strips. Place in a bowl and add all the other ingredients. Taste!!!! What you want is a perfect combination of sweet and sour with a nice “bite” from the chili.

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