Crispy chicken burger

Burger with friends

I’ve never really been mad about burgers. Not earlier anyway. Mostly because my burger experiences has been limited to those sold at certain fast food chains. And of course, it is what it is. You get what you pay for. And that’s ok, nothing wrong with that, but we can all agree that it’s not a culinary gourmet-experience. I worked at Burger King for two years. I had a whopper once. But to credit Burger king, I did discover a quite tasty burger. The crispy chicken burger. Crispy, deep fried and spicy. Actually really good! That was my lunch for two years… (Good thing I quit before I started expanding to the point of no return…)

So when my boyfriend for the first time suggested to make burgers for dinner a couple of years ago, I agreed, because it’s always fun to try new things, but I didn’t really think he would win me over. But he did. Indeed. I can easily say that I’ve made up for all the burgers I haven’t eaten in the past. He makes the best burgers I’ve ever tasted. So that’s become a regular saturday-dish in our house. Actually so much, that we’re starting to get tired of it. So when we decided to make burgers for dinner again, it was time for something new. To spice it up. Turn things around. Small changes with great outcomes! And that’s when it hit me: Chicken burgers!

We had to make chicken-burgers. I seriously don’t know why I haven’t thought of that sooner. And with the Burger King-chicken-burger in mind, we came up with a way to do it. I wanted a crunchy and crispy surface, preferably deep fried, but my boyfriend convinced me to just fry it. And the rest is pretty much as any burger – a tasty white bread with lots of nice topping. Above all, enough mayo.

Ingredients for 2 hungry people:
Hamburger-bread (Ciabatta is great for this shape)
2 chicken filets
flour
about 100 g of breadcrumbs or crushed biscuits
Paprika, chili, salt and pepper – or spices of your own taste
1 egg

Topping:
Lettuce
Mayo
Tomato
Onion
Barbeque-sauce (Bull’s Eye is perfect)

Directions:
Cut the chicken filets in halves, lengthwise. Or in thin slices.
Crush the crumbs, and add the spices.
Whisk the egg together. Roll the chicken pieces in flour, dip them in the egg and cover in crumbs. And do the same to all the chicken pieces.

Heat a good amount of oil in a frying-pan, and fry the chicken pieces – two at a time. Don’t turn on full heat, cause it burns easily. When they’re golden brown, turn over and fry on the other side. You might want to check the first one to see that it’s properly cooked through, but as long as you make them quite thin, it shouldn’t be a problem. Put them on a paper-towel to drain, while you finish the rest.
And when that’s done, all is pretty much done. (Assuming the potatoes/fries are ready. If not, they need about 45 minutes in the oven, so start with them.) Heat the bread in the oven for a few minutes, just enough to make it warm and a little crunchy. I bought ciabatta, which turned out to be perfect for the chicken-filet-shaped burgers.

If you need instructions to put together a burger, you’ve come to the right place. This I know. I didn’t spend two years at Burger King for nothing. I made the chicken-burger my niche, and developed it to make it just the way I like it. The only thing I was missing was bacon. So if you have some, bring it on, my friend!
But, first things first. The bread. I recommend ciabatta, or something like that. I don’t care for those sweet hamburger-breads.

Divide the warm bread in two, and spread on a lot of mayo. And then some. Both top and bottom. And of course, no need to say it is Hellmanns we’re talking about.
Put on a few big leaves of lettuce on the upper bread. Add a slice or two of tomatoes, depending on the size. Then place the newly fried chicken on the lower bread. Spread over some raw onion rings (not the fried ones, although that’s good as well! Tried it out during my Burger King-career) And to finish it off, a dash of barbeque sauce. Bull’s Eye was great with it. And then, smack it together, and you’ve got yourself a chicken-burger!

And as with any burger, serve with a solid portion of fries and a coke! You don’t need a burger-background to figure that one out!

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