Hopefully you aren’t getting tired of chicken parmesan yet… because I still have at least one more variation left in my foodbank before I can move on. This particular version was brought to my attention by Alicia, who found it on one of her favorite blogs: Sweet Tooth Sweet Life.
By now, you should know that I’ll try anything that involves chicken breast (and cheese)… so it did not take much convincing to turn this from a thought into a meal. This burger was a hit in every aspect that I care about: quality, cost, and simplicity.
This was actually the first time I’ve ever bought ground chicken. I can’t envision many different uses for it, although I will attribute that to my lack of creativity and culinary knowledge… but if all I ever use it for is to make chicken parmesan burgers, I will consider it a worthy product.
On a somewhat related note: In our search for ground chicken, we stumbled upon this borderline dump of a grocery store. We only really stopped in here because we didn’t want to make an extra trip out to a real grocery store later.
What a find! This place had great deals left and right. I bought so much random food that I have no idea what to do with (that you will be seeing shortly).
The weirdest part about this place, they charged 10 cents for grocery bags and didn’t bag your food for you. Being the cheap-ass that I am, opted out of the bags and just threw everything in the trunk. I’ll pretend like I was just doing my part to save the environment.
Need another way to make chicken parmesan? Probably not, but you should try this out anyway! Everything that makes chicken parmesan great, in the form of a burger.
Mix marinara and basil in small saucepan. Mix the bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese in a small bowl.
Take 2 tablespoons of sauce and add to a large bowl. Add chicken, onion, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 cup bread crumb mixture, and a little pepper. Shape into five patties (about 1/2 inch thick) and coat with the bread crumb mixture.
Heat sauce over low heat.
Heat a little oil in a large nonstick pan over medium heat. Place the chicken patties on the pan for about 4 minutes, or until the bottoms are a nice golden brown. Flip the patties, add the cheese, and cover (with foil if need be). Continue cooking until the middle of the burger reaches 165ºF (about 4 more minutes).
Place burgers on toasted bun with desired toppings and sauce.