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Satay Chicken Burgers


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I am hiding away tonight. I am in trouble. My husband is not happy and I don’t blame him.
I am a terrible decision maker and a terrible shopper. I know this about myself and therefore rarely buy anything more than a book online.
Until last week.
I made a purchase.
It arrived, requiring assembly, a lot of assembly. Once my husband had spent far too much time putting it together I realised it was not what I wanted…..not even close. It fell into the ‘What on Earth were you thinking?’ category. All I could do was laugh, no one was laughing with me.
So tonight he has taken it apart and packed it back in the box.
It is reminding me of the time many years ago, before the little ones existed, when I bought a cross trainer. I am silently chuckling as I type this. My husband however does not find it funny. Again he begrudgingly put it together, and there it sat, taking up a great deal of room in our very small home and not once did I use it. We even took it with us when we moved, again it sat, unused. Luckily I become friends with a dedicated exerciser who happily took it off my hands and merrily trained away on it everyday.
I must get better with this decision making thing. I possess everything that negates the process. I swing from being painfully impulsive to drawn out periods of procrastination. I make my decisions based solely on how I feel and have no concept of being practical, sensible or rational. I have a long history of poor choices and of lessons unlearned.
My husband on the other hand is entirely practical, sensible and rational. Can you image how frustrating his life must be? I thank him, time and again, for tidying up the mess, for ironing out my creases, for fixing whatever I break. Sometimes he gets fed up, leaves me in the lurch and completely dumbfounded, sooner or later though he comes back and puts out his helping hand. He really is the man for me. I may not be the girl for him and how he will cope with a lifetime of this I am not quite sure, I guess he drew the short straw.

Satay Chicken Burgers

500 grams chicken mince

1/3 cup of natural peanut butter*

2 tablespoon tamari*

1 tablespoon honey

3 tablespoons of coconut oil if you are choosing to shallow fry them. I have also given the method for baking them in the oven without any oil, this is actually our preferred way to have them.

Place the chicken, peanut butter, honey and tamari into your food processor or blender and pulse until smooth, well combined and sticking together. Using damp hands shape the mixture into ten even patties. The thickness of mine is approximately 2cm.

To shallow fry your burgers – In a frying pan melt the coconut oil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and place your burgers into the oil. Cook for 4 minutes each side. I cook the burgers in two batches of five to avoid over crowding the pan.

To oven bake your burgers – Omit the coconut oil. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius or 356 degrees Fahrenheit. Line an oven tray with baking paper. Leave a little space between each burger. Cook the burgers for 15 minutes, turn them over and continue cooking for another 5 minutes.

Once cooked sit the burgers on paper towel to absorb the excess oil.

While the burgers are cooking you can prepare this quick and easy salad.

Simple Salsa

2 cucumbers, diced

1 punnet of cherry tomatoes,  halved or quartered

the flesh of 1 mango, diced

Using your hands gently toss the ingredients in a mixing bowl.

Serve the salad with a couple of wedges of lemon and the chicken burgers.

Throughout winter we serve the burgers with sweet potato chips such as the ones you will see here and here.

* if you are following a paleo diet you can replace the peanut butter with roasted almond butter and the tamari with coconut aminos. If you are nut free you can replace the peanut butter with hulled tahini and double the amount of honey.



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Felicity January 17, 2014 - 3:43 pm

No way did he draw the short straw!!

Bianca Slade January 19, 2014 - 7:57 pm

This made me laugh, thank you Felicity. xx

Jess January 17, 2014 - 4:42 pm

I am looking forward to making these for my 1 yo son 🙂 Thank you!
I wonder if I could substitute honey for rice malt syrup or maple syrup (only because of the risk of botulism for little ones)?

Nikki January 17, 2014 - 8:35 pm

One year olds can have honey

Meg January 17, 2014 - 10:39 pm

I’m a beekeeper with a small child, the recommendation from our pedi and beekeeping club is 2+, ideally 3. Our three year old just tried our honey fairly recently!

Bianca Slade January 19, 2014 - 7:57 pm

Yes I think that would be fie, be sure to let me know.

Ros January 17, 2014 - 8:13 pm

Sounds like you’re meant for each other. He can help you be grounded & you can lift and enliven him with your beautiful spirit. I got an Optimum blender yesterday & first things I made in it today were a green smoothie & your coconut rough. Yum.

Bianca Slade January 19, 2014 - 7:56 pm

Thank you Ros. I completely agree with what you say. I hope you are enjoying the recipes and your new blender. many thanks, Bianca

Eva January 17, 2014 - 9:02 pm

I made these for dinner tonight (using Thermimix) and baked instead of fried as the oven was on anyway, 180 degrees approx half an hour. Turned out absolutely
perfect and look just like your photo! Thanks Bianca.

Bianca Slade January 19, 2014 - 7:55 pm

Fabulous Eva!!! Thank you so much for your very helpful feedback! I really appreciate it. I am glad you have enjoyed them.

Rebecca Coe January 17, 2014 - 10:37 pm

What sort of chicken do you use Bianca?

Bianca Slade January 19, 2014 - 7:53 pm

I use whatever I have, tenderloins, thigh or breast all work fine.

Kerri January 18, 2014 - 1:30 pm

I love reading all your posts that go with your recipes. I loved this story. Sounds just like me & my hubby. It brought tears to my eyes. I still have tears rolling down my cheeks while I smile & type. Sixteen wonderful years & 4 amazing boys (all 16 months apart) we’re better than ever. It all works out in the end x

Bianca Slade January 19, 2014 - 7:51 pm

I love this Kerri!! Thank you so much, your message made me smile. I am glad you enjoyed and could relate to the story. <3

Geraldine January 18, 2014 - 6:22 pm

Just made these but with beef and added some shallots. I am about to cook them in the oven as a little time poor with kids to bath I will let you know how they turn out

Bianca Slade January 19, 2014 - 7:49 pm

That sounds interesting, I hope you enjoyed them. Bianca

Tamara January 18, 2014 - 9:47 pm

I made this tonight for dinner!! Will definitely be making again! The chicken burgers were a hit with everyone and the salsa was too – especially with Miss 18months!! The salsa goes so well with the burgers! Thanks for sharing!

Bianca Slade January 19, 2014 - 7:48 pm

Thank you so much!! I really appreciate you taking the time to write. I am glad your family has enjoyed them. Bianca

Jocelyn January 19, 2014 - 7:53 pm

Made this tonight for dinner after a friend recommended your website! Fabulous. Kids loved it and I think next time I might add a bit of chilli for us adults. Salsa was a perfect accompaniment.

Kristi January 24, 2014 - 3:41 pm

Thank you for the chuckle. You write beautifully and honestly. You made me realise just how much my hubby puts up with too, never complaining, just going the extra mile again and again for his wife who feels, rather than thinks, her way through all sorts of decision making too.

Bianca Slade January 27, 2014 - 1:37 pm

Thank you. I am glad you could relate to the story. xx

Loving husband #2 January 25, 2014 - 1:05 am

You deserve a medal! The wisdom…. The foresight, and the realisation that my life can be an absolute roller coaster. I thought it was me…. I think I married you twin… (Another loving husband who spends a lot of time scratching his head)

Bianca Slade January 27, 2014 - 1:40 pm

Thank you. At least we keep them entertained 🙂

Natalia February 3, 2014 - 6:24 pm

I think I over processed the chicken… I followed the directions and pulsed the chicken in my Ninja, as I put the patties in the frying pan they started to crumble. They stayed together (as patties) for the most part, but when it came time to eat them, the texture was not appealing. I was thinking of shredding, then chopping the chicken and mixing by hand the next time I make these… Maybe that would lead to better texture?

Bianca Slade February 8, 2014 - 7:12 am

Perhaps use chicken mince next time? I have not used a ninja so I am not much help sorry!!

Kerry Solomon May 6, 2014 - 9:51 pm

Hahaha, it sounds exactly like a description of me and my hubby! I too go from impulse buying to doing hours and hours of research and still not making a decision! And yes, I’m prone to changing my mind too and causing my husband frustration and work! Anyway… onto your recipe, it looks divine and I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for what you do Bianca, I love your recipes and writing.

Bianca Slade May 15, 2014 - 8:25 am

Thank you!!! I really appreciate that!! I am pleased you related to the story and I hope you enjoy the recipe. Be sure to let me know. Thanks again, Bianca. x

Niomi Smith December 11, 2014 - 7:42 pm

Thank you this meal will be a staple for us now!! Hubs loved them and my very fussy little guy had three! He’s only 7

Nyomie Meenks December 16, 2014 - 9:42 pm

These look delicious! I shall definitely be making them in the very near future! I’ll let you know how they go with my three fuss pot children!

Bianca Slade December 20, 2014 - 11:35 am

I would love to hear how you go, I hope they enjoy them. x

Melissa December 19, 2014 - 3:26 pm

if i have to make the almond butter and i have to blend up chicken breasts to make the mince, do you think i could put in the almonds and breast at the same time?

Bianca Slade December 20, 2014 - 11:46 am

I think I would be inclined to do them separately.

Janine Bartram January 21, 2015 - 10:22 pm

Yumeee, just eating these now and they are scrumptious. Even miss 9 who doesn’t like peanut butter gave them the thumbs up.

Bianca Slade January 24, 2015 - 9:43 am

That is great to hear!!! Thank you for the feedback. I am glad they have been enjoyed. x

Meghan February 27, 2015 - 5:54 pm

Making these for dinner tonight. Fingers crossed that Mr 4 and fussy little Mr 2 are impressed.

Meghan February 27, 2015 - 7:09 pm

Sorry Bianca, epic fail on this one with both my boys. My husband liked them though.

Bianca Slade March 1, 2015 - 7:45 am

Oh no!! I am glad you and your husband enjoyed them. The satay chicken recipe has been popular if you want to try that one. x

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Nadia March 29, 2015 - 3:33 pm

Hey Bianca, I was just wondering whether you think Mayvers Super Spread would work instead of peanut butter? It’s a bit runnier than natural peanut butter can be. I’m just not sure whether thickness of it will matter.

Bianca Slade March 31, 2015 - 11:54 am

I think it will be fine. Let me know how you go, it sounds delicious.

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Mel Hince January 24, 2016 - 7:39 pm

Made these for dinner tonight along with sweet potato chips for the hubby and Mr 3 and the salsa salad for me. This is the first time for as long as I can remember that Mr 3 has finished his dinner before us! Even hubby commented on how nice they were (he’s usually a whinger about dinner). Win!

Bianca Slade January 26, 2016 - 10:24 am

That is great to hear Mel!!! Thank YOU!! I hope you find a few more recipes that everyone enjoys. Be sure to let me know. x


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