Monday, February 6, 2012

Satay Chicken Burger

 Have you ever made a sauce for a recipe and had some left over?  I don't like to waste food so when I had satay sauce/dressing leftover from making my Arugula & Tilapia Salad with Thai Peanut Dressing I knew I needed to come up with a recipe to use it up.  I call this a recipe "round 2" because I got two uses out of my salad dressing by jazzing up a simple ground chicken burger with the satay seasoning and sauce.  I really enjoyed the complex flavors of this burger. You can eat this burger in a hamburger bun or bun-less wrapped in lettuce. Either way the Thai Peanut Sauce really pumps of the volume of this burger.

1lb of lean ground chicken
2 cloves of fresh garlic grated
1 Tbs of grated fresh ginger
seasoning salt to taste (remember the satay sauce will provide salt as well)
1/2 Tbs of curry powder
Red chili flakes and black pepper to taste

Satay Sauce (recipe below). If you are only making the sauce for the burgers make half the sauce from the recipe below.

Directions for burgers:
Mix burger mixture and make four to six patties.  Fry in a skillet until browned on both sides.  Then take some satay sauce and coat one side of the burger then flip over and allow the sauce to fry.  Coat other side of burger and repeat.
Then place it in your preferred burger bun or lettuce wrap and dress with your favorite burger toppings.  I enjoyed it with some Sriracha Sauce.  Enjoy.

Ingredients to make Spicy Thai Peanut Dressing:

1cup coconut milk
1/3 cup of water
1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter (I used Jiff)
1 Tbs of brown sugar
1 Tbs of soy sauce
1/2 Tbs of fish sauce
1 small handful of Thai basil leaves torn (you can substitute regular basil)
1/2 tsp of red chili flakes (or to taste)
roasted crush peanuts for garnish (optional)

Directions:  Heat a saucepan on medium-low heat.  Add all ingredients and stir until everything mixes well and the peanut butter melts.   Allow to cook a few minutes.  If sauce is too thick for salad dressing add a little water to thin it out.  Adjust flavors/seasoning to your palate by adding more soy sauce or fish sauce for a saltier flavor or brown sugar to sweeten it. Serve warm or at room temperature.  Enjoy.  

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  1. I do love spicy peanut sauce but I have never added coconut milk. Creative burger you have made, Ramona and a tasty way to use up left overs. I hate wasting food too. Hope you have a wonderful day.

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  3. That burger with all those spices looks a bit different and delicious!

  4. Awesome Recipe


  5. awesome dear....done it superbly

  6. LOVE these flavors! I will try to make this with fava beans or chickpeas (like a falafel!). Thanks for sharing! :D

  7. Ohhh, this looks super yummy. what a clever way to use up some tasty dressing!

  8. Wow, Ramona, this looks like one hell of a tasty burger! :) Mmmm, I love the flavor combination! :)

  9. I don't like to waste food either! I am always trying to come up with something with the leftovers that I have. Makes things more interesting. Kind of like those guys who try to make different models out of a lego set that is already supposed to make something completely different...only with food haha

  10. Wow satay sauce with ground chicken its AMAZING idea,because i"m a big fan of satay and satay sauce,great recipe idea,,,looks yummy too !!

  11. This sounds delish! I am going to have to try grinding up my chicken. My husband is not a fan of chicken but I love it. I am going to have to try serving it to him this way. I have the meat grinder attachment on the kitchen aid and it is time to use it. Thank you for the inspiration.

  12. I always love it when I end up with something leftover that I can roll right into making something else tasty! Makes my job in the kitchen a hundred times easier!

  13. You just took the burger to a whole new level, Ramona! The level of amazing flavor! The sauce sounds so delicious - I am glad you featured it in more than one recipe. Have a great day!

  14. What delicious burgers! I love the dressing, too...such wonderful flavors. Hope your week is off to a great start :)

  15. All I can say is YES! A healthy burger that's full of great flavors. I've bookmarked this to try soon.

  16. That looks so awesome and yummy...

  17. Great idea for a burger, Ramona! I love satay!

  18. Yummy!!!! I love chicken satay, and this is a brilliant use of that dressing!

  19. I love chicken satay! What a great idea...looks delish!

  20. Oh my! You are amazing. My family will love this.

  21. What a wonderful way to jazz up ground chicken. Sometimes it can be very bland; not anymore!

  22. nice recipe. If you like chicken, you might like my take on Sichuan chicken.


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