You don't need to fry chicken to get it nice and crispy. This Crispy Baked Chicken Burger with Creamy Lemon and Basil Sauce is a healthier alternative to fast food and 10 times tastier too.
Happy National Fried Chicken Day! So, why are we posting a baked chicken recipe? Well, because baked is healthier than fried and you can still get it nice and crispy in the oven.
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I have a little confession to make. I have never had a KFC before *hides*. This shocks Dave every time he is reminded of it and he has tried several times to tempt me with those Zinger Tower Burgers, but why break a habit of a life-time? Instead, we have made our own crispy chicken burgers and the creamy lemon and basil sauce is the perfect partner to these succulent burgers.
If the kids are on at you to take them to get some fast food, why not try making these instead? They are really easy to make and there is lots that little hands can get involved with too - especially breading the chicken. You don't get to do that at McDonalds!
I am on a mission at the moment to create as many delicious homemade burger sauces as possible. As you know, Friday or Saturday night is burger night in our house (the other day is of course Pizza night) and who wants to just put ketchup or mayo on their burger all the time? Not me (unless it's a homemade version)! The sauce can really make or break the burger, so it's got to be perfect and this sauce is as close to perfect you are going to get, I think.
Hands up who has a sauce obsession! *raises hand* Is half your fridge filled with half-full bottles of sauces and, if you are really honest, you are not sure how long they have been there? You are not alone! I am terrible with sauces and I would happily put them on everything. The really bad part of it is, that I don't class them as calories, so I don't count them and just pour away. But, they are what I call hidden calories and they can really mount up. By making your own, lighter, sauces, you can save a lot of calories and over a week that can add up to some cake. Sounds like a win to me!
These Crispy Baked Chicken Burgers aren't really ones for putting on the. BBQ. But if the summer weather has let you down again, then take the burgers inside and set up your own burger bar. Lay out the burgers, buns and loads of different sauces and toppings and let everyone build their own burger. We did that for my birthday one year and it was a huge hit. Someone even went back for a 5th burger!
How to make this Baked Chicken Burger
Crispy Baked Chicken Burger with Creamy Lemon Basil Sauce
For the chicken
- 200 g Chicken breasts
- 1 Small egg, beaten
- 2 slices Wholemeal bread, blitzed in to breadcrumbs
- 1 pinch Sea salt and black pepper
For the sauce
- 4 tbsp Greek yoghurt
- 2 Garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 Lemon (juice only)
- 2 tbsp Fresh Basil, finely chopped
- 1 pinch Sea salt and black pepper
- 2 Ciabatta buns, lightly toasted
- Red onion slices
- Put the chicken on to a chopping board and gently pound until they flatten a little. Put the beaten egg in one bowl and the breadcrumbs and salt and pepper in another bowl.
- Dip the chicken in the egg and then in the breadcrumbs to coat. Put on a baking tray. Put in a preheated over at 220C for 30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked.
- In a bowl, mix together the yoghurt, garlic, salt and pepper, lemon and basil and mix well.
- Once the burgers are cooked, stack up the buns with a burger, lettuce, tomato, onion and sauce.