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Curry Chicken Burgers with Cherry Tomato Chutney Recipe

Curry Chicken Burgers
Valaer Murray

Curry Chicken Burgers

Ground chicken can taste bland and often has a texture that's tough to work with, but with the addition of curry powder, onions, and peas, plus some bread crumbs, you have a unique, hearty burger with the health benefits of lean protein. Chutneys are usually made with a fruit like mango or pineapple but the sweetness and the acidity of cherry tomatoes (which, hey, are also fruits) are perfect in a mixture in which sweet and sour are neccessary — and refreshing.

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For the burgers:

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 cup diced Vidalia onion
  • ⅓ cup of defrosted frozen peas
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ½ tablespoon crushed coriander
  • 1 ½ tablespoons curry powder
  • ¼ cup bread crumbs

For the chutney:

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup diced cherry tomatoes
  • 2 chopped scallions
  • ¼ cup diced fennel bulb
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes


For the burgers:

Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and use your hands or a plastic spatula to mix everything together. Make four ¼-pound patties and put aside.

Oil the grill or hot grill pan and sear both sides of the burgers for 2 minutes each. Turn back over to the first side and cook on a lower heat for another 4 minutes, and then flip again and cook for another 4 minutes.

For the chutney:

In a small saucepan heat the water and vinegar to a boil and then stir in the sugar. Allow to simmer on low until the liquid is evaporated and the mixture becomes a syrup (about 6-8 minutes).

Meanwhile, combine the tomatoes, scallions, fennel, coriander, and salt in a small bowl and put into the fridge to chill. When the syrup is ready, pour 1 ½ tablespoons of the syrup into the bowl and mix into the chutney. Refrigerate until ready for use.

To serve, place a heaping spoonful (or two!) onto each patty. Use a roll, 2 pieces of naan, or sandwich rounds.