Looking for a delicious, healthy and easy-to-make chicken recipe? Look no further! Today, I share my favourite recipe for juicy and moist chicken patties, which only takes 30 minutes to pull off. It’s ideal for hectic weeknights, has a simple ingredients list and is ideal as a healthy dinner option. This high protein recipe is also diabetes friendly and heart healthy.

cooked patties overlaid on one another on a bed of greens with a bowl of dip on the side.

As a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, I know many of you are on the lookout for recipes that are not only delicious but also nutritious and filling. This high protein recipe for chicken patties ticks all the boxes! The mince patties are made with lean chicken and feature nutrient-rich cilantro, onion, garlic and ginger, which give them a fantastic taste. A dash of seasoning and green chillies completes the flavour – with a lovely hot kick.

What are chicken patties made of?

Ground chicken patties are a great way to use chicken breast fillets deliciously and creatively. Plus, they’re perfect for meal prep because you can make them ahead of time and pan-fry when you’re ready to eat.

Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make my recipe for spicy chicken patties:

a wooden board with food ingredients arranged on it including raw chicken breast, herbs, spices and oil.
  • Chicken breast: I prefer chicken breast fillets since they’re lean and high in protein. However, If you have ground chicken on hand, simply blitz everything together in a food processor before adding the ground chicken.
  • Cilantro: for an unbelievable fresh-kissed flavour! If you’re not a fan of cilantro, you can substitute it for parsley or basil. Though, I must say, cilantro is the key to their deliciousness. Remember to choose the freshest cilantro you can find.
  • Onion: combining onion into the mix adds flavour and helps to keep the chicken mince patties lovely and moist.
  • Garlic: fresh garlic cloves are always best, but you could also use garlic powder if that’s what you have on hand.
  • Ginger: the zing of ginger gives these patties a delicious Asian-inspired twist. I love it! You may also use ground ginger if fresh ginger isn’t accessible.
  • Green chillies: I like to add a bit of spice, but feel free to adjust the number of chillies to your taste. Or maybe use red chilli flakes if you don’t have fresh chillies on hand.
  • Paprika: smoked paprika is my spice of choice for this recipe. It gives the patties a lovely smoky flavour.
  • Oregano: this herb is my secret ingredient for the best chicken patties recipe! It exudes the most delicious aroma and flavour.
  • Salt and pepper: which you can adjust to taste.

How to make chicken patties from ground chicken?

Making these minced chicken patties is incredibly straightforward.

1. First, add all the ingredients (in the order listed) to a food processor and pulse to process.

2. Once combined, using clean hands, transfer the mince mixture onto a board or plate, shape it into a circle and divide it into eight portions.

3. Next, take each portion and shape it into a patty using your hands. There is no need to refrigerate them – let’s get cooking!

How do you cook raw chicken patties?

4. To cook raw chicken patties, heat half the olive oil in a large nonstick pan over medium heat. Then, carefully add four chicken patties to the pan and cook for 2 minutes.

5. Now it’s time to turn them! Use a spatula to carefully flip the patties and cook for another minute. Then cover the pan and cook for 3 minutes on medium heat or until golden brown.

6. Flip them once more and cook for one last minute. Then, remove them from the pan and let them rest on a plate for 5 minutes.

7. Repeat the process with the remaining olive oil and chicken patties. And that’s it! You have delicious, juicy and moist patties every time.

Serve immediately with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice – which is optional.

You can find the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions in the recipe card below.

My go-to food processor – Breville The Sous Chef

I use this Breville – The Sous Chef Peel and Dice Food Processor in my kitchen. I got it about 3 years ago and it functions beautifully, making chopping, dicing, shredding, grating, and mincing ever so easy!

a plate of cooked patties overlaid on one another on a bed of greens with a bowl of dip on the side.

Tips

  • For the best chicken patties- If you’re not a fan of cilantro, you can substitute it for parsley or basil. – I like to add a bit of spice but feel free to adjust the number of chillies to your taste. – You could also use garlic powder
  • The patties are best cooked in a nonstick pan over medium heat. – Be sure to let the patties rest for 5 minutes before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute, making them extra flavourful and juicy.
  • Use fresh ingredients for the best flavour!
  • Ensure the minced chicken patties are fully cooked by checking with a thermometer that reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Does ground chicken need a binder?

No, this minced chicken patty recipe doesn’t require a binder such as breadcrumbs or eggs. The combination of ingredients in this recipe – namely the onion and cilantro – helps bind the mince together.

Additionally, you want to avoid over-processing the chicken fillets or the onion. Therefore, I add the ingredients in the order they’re listed and use the “pulse” function on my food processor for greater control.

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What goes well with chicken patties?

Did you know that these spicy chicken patties are incredibly versatile and can be enjoyed in a variety of delicious ways? Here are some of our family’s favourite serving suggestions:

  • Serve them in a high-fibre bun with lettuce, tomatoes and avocado for a delicious chicken burger. It’s the perfect package!
  • Add them to your favourite Buddha bowl or salad creation to boost the protein value. A variety of salad dressings would complement the chicken patties nicely.
  • Wrap them up in a roti, paratha (Indian Flatbread) or tortilla with your favourite grilled vegetables recipe for a tasty and nourishing wrap. You can’t beat it!
  • Enjoy them on their own as a high protein snack or appetizer. For example, marry them with my spicy herb avocado dip or tofu chutney recipe for an unforgettable taste experience!

Storage and substitutions

If using fresh chicken fillets, store the cooked patties in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 1 week or freeze for one month.

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Chicken breast calories, nutrition information and health benefits

Chicken is a lean, high-protein food rich in vitamins and minerals. Because of this, it can be a wonderful addition to a plant-based and whole foods plant-based (WFPB) diet, providing 120 calories per 100 grams.

Besides its high protein status, skinless, boneless raw chicken breast is also:

  • an excellent source of some B vitamins, including niacin (vitamin B3), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), and pantothenic acid (vitamin B5). These vitamins are key for energy metabolism, nervous system function and red blood cell production.
  • a high source of selenium, a mineral that plays an important role in thyroid function, immune health and reproduction.
  • a good source of choline, phosphorus and riboflavin (B2) – all of which are important for healthy cells.
  • low in total, saturated fat and carbs. Indeed, for type 2 diabetes and heart disease management, it is recommended to limit saturated fat intake and choose lean protein sources. Thus, chicken breast is often a diabetes friendly and heart smart protein option since it contains less saturated fat than other cuts of poultry and meat. These gluten-free chicken patties are an excellent diabetes dinner choice!
  • low in iron

Here’s a closer look at the nutritional information of 100 grams of raw chicken breast – including chicken breast calories:

Nutrient and caloriesAmount%DV
Choline82 mg15%
Fat2.6 g3%
Iron0.4 mg2%
Magnesium28 mg7%
Niacin9.6 mg60%
Pantothenic Acid1.5 mg30%
Phosphorus213 mg17%
Potassium334 mg7%
Protein23 g46%
Riboflavin0.2 mg15%
Selenium23 mcg42%
Sodium45 mg2%
Thiamin0.1 mg8%
Vitamin B120.2 mcg8%
Vitamin B60.8 mg47%
Vitamin D1 mcg5%
Vitamin E0.6 mg4%
Vitamin K8.4 mcg7%
Zinc0.7 mg6%
Calories120 kcal

Nutrition information per serving

Below you will find the nutrition information for one chicken patty:

  • 18 g protein
  • Low carb (8 g)
  • Low fat (8% DV)
  • Low saturated fat (5% DV)

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000-calorie diet. Interpretation of DVs from US FDA.

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What are your favourite ways to enjoy chicken? Let me know in the comments below.

And, if you’re looking for more high protein recipes, check out these delicious options:

  1. Easy Chicken Korma
  2. Spicy Chicken Salad
  3. Moroccan Shakshuka Eggs With Lentils
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30-Minute Chicken Patties (Juicy & Moist!)

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Yield: 8 patties
Looking for a delicious, healthy and easy-to-make chicken recipe? Look no further! Today, I share my favourite recipe for juicy and moist chicken patties, which only takes 30 minutes to pull off. It's ideal for hectic weeknights, has a simple ingredients list and is ideal as a healthy dinner option. This high protein recipe is also diabetes friendly and heart healthy.

Ingredients
 

  • ¾ bunch cilantro, washed, dried, ends removed, including stems and leaves
  • 1 onion, white, medium, cut in half
  • 5 cloves garlic, fresh, whole
  • 1 inch ginger, fresh, peeled
  • 3 green chillies, washed, dried, tops removed, whole
  • 3 chicken breasts, approximately 600 grams, skinless, boneless
  • 2 tsp oregano, dried
  • 2 tsp black pepper, coarse
  • tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp salt, sea salt
  • tbsp olive oil, for frying, Benefits of olive oil

Equipment

Instructions
 

  • Add all the ingredients (in the order listed) to a food processor and pulse to process. Be careful not to over-process
  • Using clean hands, transfer the mince mixture onto a board or plate, shape it into a circle and divide it into eight portions
  • Shape each portion of minced chicken into a patty using your hands. There is no need to refrigerate them
  • To cook raw chicken patties, heat half the olive oil in a large nonstick pan over medium heat. Then, carefully add four chicken patties and fry for 2 minutes
  • Use a spatula to carefully flip the patties and cook for another minute. Then cover the pan and cook for 3 minutes on medium heat or until golden brown
  • Flip them once more and cook for one last minute. Then, remove the patties from the pan and let them rest on a plate for 5 minutes. Repeat the process with the remaining uncooked chicken patties and olive oil
  • Serve immediately with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice – which is optional

Notes

  • For the best chicken patties- If you’re not a fan of cilantro, you can substitute it for parsley or basil. – I like to add a bit of spice but feel free to adjust the number of chillies to your taste. – You could also use garlic powder
  • The patties are best cooked in a nonstick pan over medium heat. – Be sure to let the patties rest for 5 minutes before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute, making them extra flavourful and juicy.
  • Use fresh ingredients for the best flavour!
  • Ensure the minced chicken patties are fully cooked by checking with a thermometer that reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Adjust salt to your taste. Consider reducing by 1/2 tsp and use lemon juice at the time of serving.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 137kcal (7%)Carbohydrates: 4g (1%)Protein: 18g (36%)Fat: 5g (8%)Saturated Fat: 1g (5%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 54mg (18%)Sodium: 738mg (31%)Potassium: 370mg (11%)Fiber: 1g (4%)Sugar: 1g (1%)Vitamin A: 272IU (5%)Vitamin C: 5mg (6%)Calcium: 23mg (2%)Iron: 1mg (6%)

Keep in mind that the nutritional values provided are approximations and suggestions. This nutrition facts table cannot account for your individual needs. Your body — including your hunger and satiety cues — change daily. It’s perfectly fine to eat more or less on different days. Instead of letting food guilt take over, consider mindful eating.

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Cuisine: Fusion
Course: Main
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