Lately I've started pulling a lot of recipes from Cara's Cravings. She's the kind of person who eats healthily and is creative at the same time. She's the poster child for people who believe healthy food isn't boring. These burgers are a prime example.
We loved them. They're easy to put together and have really interesting flavor.
The recipe made 4 good sized burgers for us, so we had this dinner twice last week. The first side was roasted carrots and parsnips, our new alternative to fries.
The second time around we had steamed broccoli and mushrooms that we sauteed with some more of the tequila. John and I aren't big drinkers, so we figured we wouldn't have a lot of other uses for it. Turns out, mushrooms sauteed in tequila: A+.
John's one comment was that he wished we had briefly sauteed the jalapeno and garlic before putting them in the burgers. I thought they were amazing and I can't wait to have them again. But I'm also suffering from the It's-Almost-Summer itch. I'm ready to get that grill out and get to work making burgers. They satisfied my need for summer to come early. These burgers, and the 50 degree days that feel "hot" because it's Canada.
Chicken Tequila Burgers
from Cara's Cravings
2 chicken breasts, about 11oz total, cut into chunks*
1 large clove of garlic, minced
1/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro
2-3 tsp minced jalapeno pepper
zest from 1/2 lime
dash of lite soy sauce
freshly ground salt & pepper
1/4 cup plain oatmeal (either instant old-fashioned are ok)
To serve: your favorite hamburger buns and a mix of sauteed bell peppers and onions.**
Preheat broiler. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Combine the burger ingredients in a food processor and pulse several times, until chicken is uniformly ground. Remove and divide into two portions; shape each into a ball, place on the baking sheet, and flatten with your palm. The mixture will seem rather loose and wet, but don't worry; this is why we are cooking under the broiler rather than grilling these.
Broil the burgers for about 10-12 minutes total, flipping halfway through. Serve on buns with sauteed peppers and onions.
*I used a package of ground chicken and mixed it all together in a bowl. Worked like a charm. I think it was about a pound.
**We just used mayo, which was supposed to have cilantro in it, but I forgot to get it at the store. Cilantro and mayo go together really well.