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Chicken Burger

Posted onJuly 13, 2012 by     2 Comments

This started as something of a gag but turned out to be a really delicious snack or starter. Simple and quick apart from the slight faff of the melba toast – and kids would even like it! Probably. [update: at least one kid does – thanks, Dylan!]

  • Chicken breast
  • Pea shoots
  • Capers
  • Tomatoes
  • White bread
  • Mayonnaise
  • White wine vinegar


First make the “ketchup”: roughly chop 4 or 5 tomatoes and cook in olive oil until bubbling. Reduce heat and cover. Leave for around 20 minutes, stirring once or twice. When all pulped, season and add a little off the vinegar to sharpen (no need for sugar but you can add some at this point, if preferred). Force through a sieve to remove all the skin, remembering to scrape the bottom of the sieve to get all the yummy pulp. This can be done a day in advance, transferred to a ramekin, cling-filmed and fridged.

When ready to cook, first take the bread and cut out rounds; it’s not essential but does look nice! One round is needed per person: toast each one in a toaster until lightly browned on both sides. Flatten chicken breast a little and carefully cut into slices, cutting at a shallow diagonal through the broadest part of the flesh. One chicken breast will do for 2 or 3 people. Season on both sides, then fry both sides in a little olive oil – move infrequently to make sure the pieces brown and thus enhance their flavour. While the chicken is cooking, take the cooled toast and carefully, with a sharp knife, slice in half through the thin edge to give two rounds from each.

Meanwhile, mix small handfulls of peashoots with some creamy mayonnaise and capers – one clutch of shoots per person and 5-10 capers, as per taste.

Place the rounds of toast under a grill to finish the untoasted, newly revealed sides: keep and eye on this as they will turn extremely quickly. This side only wants to be very lightly toasted so that the toasts are not too crunchy. Each toast will be slightly curved after the grilling, so they can be used like shells to hold the contents.

To assemble: place one toast on a plate, top with one or two slices of chicken, then the shoots, then the final toast. Pour some of the ketchup to the side and serve. Can be eaten with fingers!

Chicken Burger






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2 Responses to “Chicken Burger”

  1. Dad says:

    mam made the Takeawy Chinese curry. Delicious and a bit too hot first time. Just delicious second and thierd times.xx

  2. Dad says:

    Don’t let Stella proof read the above, I’m a bit hungover.xx

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