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Italian chicken burgers

Published On: May 16 2013 11:27:28 AM MDT
Updated On: Sep 17 2013 04:14:57 AM MDT
Hamburgers on grill

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Some supermarkets sell ground chicken, but it takes only seconds to produce at home. To grind the chicken, quarter the raw boneless, skinless breast halves; drop into the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Process with the on-off button to chop and the chicken will be ready in a flash.

Serve these burgers on toasted buns or slices of Italian bread with tomato slices and lettuce.


16 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, ground
½ cup cooked rice (white or brown)
1 tablespoon minced fresh basil, or 1 teaspoon dried basil
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon minced onion
1 clove garlic, minced
½ teaspoon pepper
Dash of salt
1 tablespoon olive oil

Transfer the ground chicken to a medium mixing bowl; stir in the remaining ingredients, except the oil for cooking. Form each mixture into 4 patties, each 4 inches in diameter and about ½-inch thick.

Heat the oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the patties and cook about 5 minutes on each side, or until they are lightly browned and cooked through. (If you prefer, the burgers can be broiled or cooked on either a stovetop or outdoor grill.)