I wanted some chicken burgers this week, so hubby brought home a big pack of chicken breasts from Sams. My mom has loaned me her Ninja. I broke mine last week. It gave me about 7 years of service, and I have been nursing along a broken lid for a while. Last week it broke the blade attachment. Motor still works and the smaller unit works, so I can't just throw it away. I must have a thing for partially broken blenders. I can't throw them out if part of them works. Grr. If only I had a large kitchen with a special spot for partially functioning appliances. My sweet mom came through til I can get a dream blender for Christmas. Gotta wait. Maybe them I will be able to toss the bullet blender that has only the spice grinder working, the immersion that whips and froths but doesn't blend and the Ninja that can't use the pitcher blade. Sad isn't it? I may have hoarding issues. Don't send help.
Ninjas do a terrific job mincing chicken. It is much less expensive to do that job yourself. I know I have said this before, but I am surprised how few people grind their own chicken. I don't do this with beef or pork because those are easy to find ground and are often less expensive that way. But ground chicken is hard to find here, and when you do, it is at a premium. Mincing it myself enables me to get the seasonings into the meat while processing it. Amazing flavor that way. Just look at all the ways I have already given you to enjoy ground chicken: Smoked Paprika Burgers, Coconut Curry Chicken Nuggets , Mesquite Chicken Burgers, Chicken Chorizo, Chicken Sausage, and our favorite Chicken Pizzoli.
These patties are so flavorful. They have the slightly sweet, slightly hot, slightly tangy, full on spicy goodness of Thai food. They stand alone really well and don't need a sauce. They pair nicely with a salad or simple bell pepper stir fry. You could do a lettuce wrap as well. If you are not a hater, be sure to include some fresh cilantro in your salad or wrap. Add a little more cayenne or red pepper flakes if you love the heat.
These are super low calorie too. Good news for those of us who struggle with our fat cells. Gotta say I am not a fan of getting old. My metabolism is a dinosaur. Sometimes I think I will have to lop off an arm or leg to get the scale to move lower! Never give up, though.
Thai Spiced Chicken Patties
1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast, fat trimmed
1 tbsp unsweetened dried coconut shreds
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp lemon pepper
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp Natvia or any erythritol based sweetener
1 tsp peanut flour
1/2 tsp fish sauce
1/4 tsp cayenne
2 packets True Lime (or lime zest if you have fresh)
Process the chicken in a food processor until roughly minced. Add all remaining ingredients and blend until incorporated. Heat a non stick skillet. Add a tsp of coconut oil. Divide chicken into 6 portions and transfer 3 portions to a hot skillet. Use the back of the spoon to form the meat into patties of even thickness. Cook about 2-3 minutes on each side. Transfer and repeat with the remaining chicken. Alternately, cook patties on a contact grill.
Serves 6: 159 calories 2 g carbs 4 g fat 28 g protein
These patties keep nicely for amazing lunches at work or school. The chicken is good hot or cold. I plan to have a salad with lots of fresh cilantro added along with some green onion. A package of roasted peanuts will be wonderful alongside too.
I have been under the gun the last few weeks---okay the last three years, honestly. I need summer break. I got the Diner News out on time, but haven't had a minute to spare to tell you about it. It was just what I need--life hacks for low carbers! I have ideas for getting the most out of kitchen appliances, ways to lighten up dessert, tricks for condiments, great ideas for the freezer and even more timesavers in the kitchen. You will find something new in this issue, even if you are a long time follower. Here's a sample:
|Cookie Sheet Hotcakes|
|Waffle Iron Rutabaga Hashbrowns|
|Food Processor Cashew Milk Light Ice Cream|
|Super Quick Tomato Saute|
|Dazzling Diagonal Blueberry Gelatin Dessert|
|Orange Power Breakfast Drink|
|Freezer Whipped Cream Puffs|
|Tomato Paste Keeper Hack|
|Freezer Portioned Beef|
|Shaker Frozen Mirepoix|
|Slow Cooker Ground Beef|
|Healthiest Coconut Oil Blend Mayo|
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