Spicy Crispy Chicken Burgers with Aioli

Chicken burger

I have had this incredible craving for good, home-made chicken burgers for quite a while now. Why, I don’t know as I’ve never had a home-made chicken burger before. At one of my favourite fast food places (don’t judge me) they sell spicy crispy chicken burgers and I don’t care what you think of me after saying this, but I could eat those all day, everyday. I love how the soft breadroll is contrasted by the incredibly crispy chicken burger and the tangy mayo lingers in your mouth just long enough. *drool*

But being on a bit of a health quest lately, I knew I couldn’t go out and buy one of these burgers and so, I decided to make them myself. I couldn’t find chicken mince yesterday so I bought fresh, plump chicken breasts and pulsed them in my food processor. The result was chunkier than chicken mince but actually so much better. I was so impressed that I promised to try mincing my own meat from now on…whether I’ll keep that promise is another story.

Another problem was that I really didn’t want to have to deep fry or leave the burgers in oil for longer then 2-3 minutes. But then they wouldn’t be cooked. So I resorted to frying them in INCREDIBLY hot oil to get the brown, crispy coating and then I popped them into the oven to cook through. They were incredibly moist and juicy but not at all oily, which is exactly what I wanted.

Once again, I made my own mayo but I added 2 cloves of garlic this time which turns it into a deliciously silky Aioli. Just saying it makes me happy..come on..say it…Aii-oooolliii. NJAM!!

I served the burgers with roasted sweet potato chips and some fresh cucumber and it was a complete hit. My family loved it and I will definitely be making this again.

Serves 4

600g chicken breasts / chicken mince
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
1 large egg
1tsp paprika
1tsp salt
2 chillies, finely chopped (optional)
black pepper to taste

2 cups fresh breadcrumbs
2 large eggs, beaten
1 cup flour mixed with 1tsp salt

Fresh breadrolls
peeled and sliced cucumber
fresh lettuce

  • To make the chicken patties, pulse the chicken breasts in your food processor. Make sure that you don’t leave the food processor running as the chicken will just become a puree.
  • Mix the chicken with 1 cup breadcrumbs, egg, paprika, salt, chillies and pepper. Form patties with your hands and place on plate/tray lined with wax paper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Coat the burgers first with the seasoned flour, then dip into the beaten egg and coat in the bread crumbs. Fry in very hot oil for 1-2 minutes a side until the breadcrums are crisp and golden. Place in a roasting tray and place in a 180°c oven for 15-20 minutes until the burgers are cooked all the way through.
  • Serve on fresh breadrolls with cucumber, lettuce and aioli.

For the Mayo / Aioli
I make my mayo in a food processor but I’ve also done it with a hand blender in a tall container and it works very well.

2 large egg yolks
1tsp Dijon mustard
2tsp vinegar
1tbsn lemon juice
salt to taste
250ml – 300ml oil (I used canola)

2 cloves garlic (you could also add herbs or chillies to add flavour)

  • In a food processor, mix the egg yolks, dijon mustard, vinegar, lemon juice, salt and garlic together. The mixture should be smooth and pale.
  • With the food processor running, slowly drizzle in the oil until the mixture is thick and pale. Taste to see if it needs anything, maybe some more lemon or more salt?
  • Serve straight away or transfer into a sterilised jar and refrigerate. The mayo will last 1-2 weeks in air tight container in the fridge.

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For the first picture, see previous post.

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Alida Ryder
Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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  • http://www.yourprocontent.com Jovana

    THESE LOOKS SO GOOOOOOOOOOOOD!!!! *pines* I am a true believer that any junk food made at home is healthy. :D That’s why I get away with making home made pizza so much… but crust from scratch (store bought is ewwy).

    That’s a great idea to fry in hot oil then throw into the oven. o.O I’ve been grilling all of my meat recently… but I doubt it’d work for something like this. You also want that crunch to it.
    And sometimes food is just better from being cooked in oil. I just hate frying. I know! I always feel like I have so little control over it… and now that you’ve mentioned deep frying and sweet potatoes [I bought a mini-deep dryer from Game for like R100... is miracle worker] – guess what I’m gonna go have for snack before supper? :D

    • http://www.simply-delicious-food.com Ally_R

      hehehehe. I kind of feel the same. I once saw a show where a guy who specialises in home-cooking, slow food etc. said that if you want to eat bad stuff, make it yourself. Not only do you know what goes into it but your less likely to eat it all the time if you have to make it from scratch. :)

  • Nelria

    inspired now thanks!!!!!!!! just need the sweet potato chips recipe?

    • http://www.simply-delicious-food.com Ally_R

      Nelria : I just peeled and sliced the sweet potatoes, then coated them in oil and roasted them in a hot oven until they were crispy and cooked. :)

  • gloeiwurmpie

    This recipe was awesome!!! My husband love the burgers from “the guy with the secret recipe”,
    but said this was nicer as it wasn’t as oily. THe mayo was great as well! I added some honey and wholegrain mustard. Thanks for sharing your brilliant recipes, my husband enjoys your cooking! :)

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