Green Thai Quick Chicken Curry with Vegetables

Stop calling for takeout! This quick chicken curry recipe is packed with Thai flavors, including green curry paste, creamy coconut milk, bell peppers, eggplant, and carrots, all served over steaming long grain rice.

I love ordering Thai food for delivery. It’s my favorite style of takeout food, especially since our neighborhood here in NYC boasts some of the best Thai restaurants in the city.

But making a quick chicken curry at home is actually faster than waiting on my local takeout guy! Plus, I can make twice the amount of food and eat the leftovers for lunch for like, 3 days. As a work at home mom, having something like a quick chicken curry that I can just grab and go is so helpful.

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In Thai cooking, curries are named after the color of the curry paste that is used as a base: red, yellow, and green.

I’ve always had a soft spot for green curry paste; made with cilantro, lime leaves, lemongrass and galangal (an Asian member of the ginger family), it’s the sweetest and freshest flavor of the Thai curry trio.

This particular Thai curry can be made with any whichever curry paste you use; I usually buy sets of 6 curry paste at a time on Amazon and keep them in my fridge. They make whipping up a quick chicken curry (or vegetable curry, or shrimp curry) on a weeknight twice as easy.

Nabbing the flavors of Thai cuisine usually requires the balance of four specific flavors: creamy, sour, spicy and sweet.

It’s what makes Thai cooking so freaking delicious- it attracts just about every taste bud in your mouth!

For this quick chicken curry, the sauce includes coconut milk (creamy), lime juice (sour), curry paste (spicy) and a dash of white sugar (sweet). Balance each of these flavors together and you’re rocking at this curry business.

I can’t talk about making a quick chicken curry without making a shout out to our go-to rice. With kids running under my feet as I cook most evenings, I’m not always in the mood to cook rice on the stovetop or by hauling out the Instant Pot (which doubles as a rice cooker).

My husband and I discovered VeeTee Quick Cooking Rice a few months ago (you may remember it from this Weeknight Kimchi Fried Rice recipe!). We loved it so much we started buying it off Amazon in bulk!

I like that the rice can be made in just 2 minutes in the microwave and comes out tasting exactly the same as the rice I used to spend 20 minutes babysitting at the stove; it’s perfectly cooked through and seasoned.

So, I’ve joined with VeeTee Rice to give you a three-part blog series of my all-time favorite rice dishes! This quick chicken curry is the first, and I’ve got one recipe coming in August and another coming in September. VeeTee has saved our weeknight dinner making on more than one occasion. So I’m thrilled to be able to bring you some recipes in the next few months that highlight some of our favorite VeeTee flavors!

Thai Green Curry with Chicken and Vegetables


Author: Ruthy Kirwan
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 large carrots peeled and cut into 1" pieces
  • 2 bell peppers, membranes and seeds removed diced
  • 1 small eggplant, diced (about 2 cups)
  • 1 pound chicken breast diced
  • 4 ounces Thai green curry paste (about 5 tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon dried ginger
  • 3 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 13.5 ounces coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat until oil is shimmering. Add the vegetables and cook, stirring occasionally, until the carrots have softened, about 10-12 minutes. 

  2. Add the chicken, curry paste, dried ginger, fish sauce, lime juice and sugar and toss to coat. 

  3. Stir in the coconut milk and chicken broth. Let the mixture come to a hard simmer, then let cook, stirring occasionally, about 12-15 minutes or until the sauce has reduced and starts to thicken. 

  4. Remove the sauce from the heat and serve over cooked long grain rice. 

Which is your favorite curry- green, red, or yellow? I can’t decide but I’d love to hear your take in the comments!

This post sponsored by VeeTee. All opinions and recipes are my own.

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Stop calling for takeout! This quick chicken curry recipe is packed with Thai flavors, including green curry paste, creamy coconut milk, bell peppers, eggplant, and carrots, all served over steaming long grain rice.

Stop calling for takeout! This quick chicken curry recipe is packed with Thai flavors, including green curry paste, creamy coconut milk, bell peppers, eggplant, and carrots, all served over steaming long grain rice.

Stop calling for takeout! This quick chicken curry recipe is packed with Thai flavors, including green curry paste, creamy coconut milk, bell peppers, eggplant, and carrots, all served over steaming long grain rice.

DIY Freezer Meal Kits Will Save Your Unplanned Dinner Night (starting with these Chicken Enchiladas!)

Busy parents need all the help they can get in the evenings, which is why having a few DIY Freezer Meal Kits packed away will make your freezer your new BFF.

Having a freezer filled with ready-to-go freezer meal kits as a backup on busy nights means you can rest easy no matter what the week throws at you!

What’s a DIY Freezer Meal Kit, exactly? Think of it as though a freezer meal and a delivery meal kit had a baby. In your kitchen.

It’s way more awesome than it even sounds, trust me.

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of delivery meal kits, like Blue Apron or Hello Fresh, here’s how they work:

Once a week, a box arrives on your front step containing a recipe and all the ingredients you need to cook a few simple meals. Many of the ingredients are already broken down or at least have been packaged in a way that preparing them for cooking is a snap.

Cooking dinner from a meal kit may not look like less work from the outside – after all, you still have to cook, right?- but the energy it saves is huge!

This is energy saved not only in the physical labor of grocery shopping and much of the ingredient prep, but mental energy as well; deciding what to make, finding a recipe, seeking out the ingredients, figuring out what to do with leftover ingredients and leftovers from the meal, etc.

It’s a formula that works, and that’s why meal delivery kits are all the rage with busy parents.

But they’re expensive. You don’t get to choose the individual recipes. And sometimes, you dont get a chance to make the recipe, meaning you’ve got to figure out what to do with those leftover ingredients!

That’s where DIY Freezer Meal Kits come in. You choose the price point that works for you. You choose the individual recipes. And you choose when to make the dish, so you’re not on anyone’s time clock but your own.

Guess what!? We’re making make a big batch of DIY Freezer Meal Kits JUST LIKE THIS in my new membership site, Uncomplicated Kitchen! Click the banner below to learn more and save your seat!

How exactly do you create a DIY Freezer Meal Kit, though? Can you just throw the ingredients of any dish in the freezer and call it good?

Well, kind of. While it’s true that not every dish is amenable to being made into a freezer meal kit, the fact is that yes- you can freeze just about any ingredient.

Here are a few unexpected ingredients you can totally freeze:

  • Eggs? Sure, if they’re out of the shell and raw.
  • Sour cream? Yep!
  • Milk? Yep!
  • Breadcrumbs? Of course!
  • Cheese? Yes- especially if it’s been shredded and cubed to cut down on moisture.
  • Vegetables? You bet!

And while most of these items won’t thaw and revert back to their original state prior to freezing, they will cook up perfectly fine- which is why DIY Freezer Meal Kits lend a ton of flexibility.

Let’s take the example of Chicken Enchiladas, one of my favorite meals to make into a freezer meal kit.  

Step One: Look at the recipe and see what happens right before it gets put in the oven. You’re looking for what components, if any, are prepared in a separate way before everything gets combined and cooked. So, with Chicken Enchiladas, you’ve got shredded chicken, cooked and seasoned black beans, and salsa verde, all made (or purchased!) and then it’s all rolled up in tortillas and topped with cheese before baking.

Shredded chicken, salsa verde, seasoned black beans, tortillas and shredded cheese are the components of Chicken Enchiladas, so that’s what gets frozen in separate bags or containers.

Step Two: Divide those components into separate, freezer-safe containers or ziplock bags. No matter whether you’re purchasing ready-made salsa verde or making it from scratch, put it in a freezer-safe container or ziplock bag and label it with the date. Do the same with each component. Then, place each wrapped component in the final baking dish (a casserole dish, either reusable or disposable) and wrap tightly. You can also pack everything together in a big gallon ziplock bag, if it’s big enough to hold everything. Clearly write the name of the recipe and the date on top with a Sharpie, and place it in the freezer

Step Three: When you’re ready to cook, pull the whole dish out, thaw the items (here’s a primer for thawing) and then assemble and cook as directed.

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A’s to common Q’s on Freezer Meal Kits:

  • Why wouldn’t you just throw everything in the freezer and find it later? The organization helps your brain on busy nights. You’re not looking in the freezer and trying to think, “ok, I see ricotta, what can I do with that?” Nope. You’re expending less mental energy on the long days by seeing that bag of prepped, frozen items all grouped together and thinking, “oh, lasagna! I can make that tonight!”
  • Won’t this take the same amount of time as just, like, cooking? Individually frozen items thaw faster than when they’ve already been assembled with everything else. “Faster” as in 20 minutes under cold running water, instead of overnight in the fridge (though that always works, too). If you wanted to cook the dish from fresh, it would take you longer in the kitchen to prepare those individual components and then assemble and cook than it would to just thaw, assemble, and cook. Those first few steps of prep work are already done for you, and you can thaw without needing to be in the kitchen!
  • What kind of difference does freezing this way make? Wholly cooked, frozen meals usually taste…. not as good as they were when they were freshly made. But if you freeze these items separately, then assemble, it takes just about the same amount of time as reheating from frozen, and it tastes way better. Cooked-from-fresh better. With the same amount of work!
  • Why would I bother having these kits instead of just cooking dinner from scratch? You’re in charge of what you’ve got on hand. It’s like having Blue Apron at the ready for whenever you want, not when they tell you their delivery times are. Plus, freezer meal kits make great options for the nights when you haven’t gotten to the grocery store and you have a hungry family waiting, or you’ve got a friend who just had a baby and you want to drop off some food but you don’t have time to cook much. It’s a great backup plan to keep for times when you need it.

So what do you think? Are DIY Freezer Meal Kits a great backup option for your family? Try the Chicken Enchilada recipe below as a DIY Freezer Meal Kit, and let me know how it turns out for you!

 

Chicken Enchilada with Black Beans and Salsa Verde
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

This simple weeknight dish of chicken enchiladas, packed with shredded chicken and black beans and smothered in salsa verde and melty cheese, also makes a perfect DIY Freezer Meal Kit. Siply freeze each component of the dish in separate containers and store together in the freezer. The ingredients thaw faster this way, and the dish tastes like it's made from fresh- with less of the work on the night of! 

I usually cook big batches of chicken breasts all at once in the crockpot, then shred and store for recipes like these. If you're starting from scratch, poach the chicken in water until cooked thoroughly, then shred using two forks or a hand mixer on low. 

I really recommend using flour tortillas in this recipe as opposed to corn; they're more durable and hold up to cooking much better, meaning there's fewer enchiladas falling apart while you're trying to serve. 

Servings: 4
Author: Ruthy Kirwan
Ingredients
for the salsa verde:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8-10 large tomatillos papery shells discarded and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro optional if you're a cilantro hater
for the enchiladas:
  • 2 cups shredded chicken about 16 ounces cooked chicken breast
  • 13.5 ounces black beans cooked and drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 8-10 large flour tortillas
  • 12 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Make the salsa verde: Halve the tomatillos. Heat the olive oil over medium heat until shimmering, then add the tomatillos and cook, stirring occasionally, until they have started to brown and soften. Add the lime juice and cilantro and stir to combine. Transfer to a food processor or blender and process until smooth, then set aside. 

  2. Preheat the oven to 400*F. 

  3. Roll the enchiladas: In a large bowl, combine the shredded chicken, black beans, salt, and cumin. Stir to mix. 

  4. Place 1/2 cup of chicken and black bean mixture in the center of a flour tortilla and roll the tortilla around the mixture in a long cylinder. Transfer the tortilla cylinders to a 9"x13" baking dish, nestling them next to each other in one long row.  

  5. Once all the tortillas have been rolled and placed in the dish, pour the salsa verde over the tortillas, using a spoon to smooth the salsa verde into any cracks and crevices. 

  6. Sprinkle the enchiladas evenly with cheese and place the dish in the oven. 

  7. Bake until the cheese has melted and is bubbly, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let col slightly before serving. 

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Busy parents know that freezer meals are lifesavers on busy nights. Here's how to put them together, what to look for, plus an easy Chicken Enchilada recipe to get you started!

Busy parents know that freezer meals are lifesavers on busy nights. Here's how to put them together, what to look for, plus an easy Chicken Enchilada recipe to get you started!

Busy parents know that freezer meals are lifesavers on busy nights. Here's how to put them together, what to look for, plus an easy Chicken Enchilada recipe to get you started!

Greek Chicken Sheet Pan Meal with Olives, Eggplant and Feta

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I’ve spoken to no less than 5 people in the last week who have never even heard of sheet pan meals. To which I whip out this incredibly easy chicken sheet pan dish, raise my arms to the heavens, and sing the praises of a dish that literally goes from cutting board to tabletop in like, 20 minutes. Tops.

All that to say if you’re not on the sheet pan meal train yet then choo-choo, mama. Because finding a simple chicken sheet pan meal – or any sheet pan meal, really- is gonna suddenly make your weeknight cooking so much easier.

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The beauty of a sheet pan meal is threefold:

  • It has to be simple, or else it won’t cook right
  • The best sheet pan meals contain a veggie, a protein, and a sauce (that’s it!)
  • You have one pan to wash at the end of it all. And if you line your sheet pan with tin foil, you have no pans to wash at the end of it all.

Here’s me, after successfully cooking this Greek chicken sheet pan meal the other night, and discovering it only took 20 total minutes from start to finish:

It’s that easy.

Of course, you can’t just throw a bunch of ingredients on a sheet pan and hope for the best. There are a handful of rules that should be followed for maximum quality:

Use a heavy bottom sheet pan. That is- not a jelly roll pan, not a cookie sheet. A strong, durable, rimmed sheet pan. I got these Analon-brand pans in my wedding registry almost 10 years ago and they are still holding up like champs. In fact, they’ve gotten better with time.

Make sure your ingredients are all cut or prepared in a way that makes them cook in the same amount of time. 

Case in point: This Greek Chicken Sheet Pan Meal I’m highlighting in the recipe at the bottom of this post. I took one of those gargantuan chicken breasts and sliced it in half, so each piece was about the same size- this ensures even cooking.

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Then I paired the chicken with eggplant, a veggie that roasts well but not super quickly. By chopping the eggplant into ½” slices, it ensured they were the right size to roast to a perfect texture alongside the chicken. Bigger, or thinner, or smaller slices would have cooked differently. So until you’re comfortable with cooking times of various ingredients, make sure you find recipes from people you trust and follow their recommendations.

✅ While the pan’s in the oven, make a quick side. 

I like serving my sheet pan meals with something starchy on the side, like boiled potatoes, or cheesy grits. While the sheet pan is in the oven, I make the starch quickly on the stovetop.

Or I just, you know, don’t do any extra cooking and use the time to chillax with my family and start unwinding at the end of a long ass day. You totally have permission to do that as well, mama.

✅ Line it up.

We had a big discussion in my Busy Mamas Cooking Facebook group the other day regarding reusable silicone sheet pan liners: are they worth it? While I personally don’t own any, I think they’re pretty cool to have and they definitely are cheaper than buying tin foil all the time. Regardless of whether you use reusable liners or tin foil, line your sheet pan for super easy cleanup.


This Greek Chicken Sheet Pan is one of the recipes I’ll be making as part of my Sheet Pan Meal Class!

If you’re NYC-based, I’d love for you to join! They’re family classes, part of a series I’m doing with Kim Calichio of The Connected Chef, and the next class is May 20th, 2018. Drop in rates are available for the remainder of the series. You can click here for more info or to sign up!

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Greek Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Servings: 4
Author: Ruthy Kirwan
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 pound boneless skinless chicken (thighs or breast)
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup pitted black or green olives
  • 1 large eggplant ends trimmed and cut into big dice
  • 1 cup crumbled feta
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 450*F.
  2. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with tin foil.
  3. In a small bowl, add the paprika, garlic powder, oregano, salt, and pepper and mix with a fork to combine.
  4. Rub the chicken thighs with olive oil, then place on the sheet pan, leaving an inch or so of space between each thigh. Sprinkle evenly with the spice mix, and rub the spice mix evenly into the thighs.
  5. Scatter the eggplant and olives around the chicken, and use tongs to toss and combine. Spread all ingredients in the pan in one even layer.
  6. Place the pan(s) in the oven and roast, 12-15 minutes, until eggplant has browned and the chicken is cooked completely through (juices from the chicken will run clear when sliced with a sharp knife)
  7. Sprinkle the entire pan with the crumbled feta, transfer to a serving platter, and serve.

This Greek chicken takes only 20 minutes from start to finish, and it's packed full of green buttery olives, sweet roasted eggplant, and spice rubbed chicken, topped with a shower of crumbled feta cheese.

This Greek chicken takes only 20 minutes from start to finish, and it's packed full of green buttery olives, sweet roasted eggplant, and spice rubbed chicken, topped with a shower of crumbled feta cheese.

This Greek chicken takes only 20 minutes from start to finish, and it's packed full of green buttery olives, sweet roasted eggplant, and spice rubbed chicken, topped with a shower of crumbled feta cheese.

This Greek chicken takes only 20 minutes from start to finish, and it's packed full of green buttery olives, sweet roasted eggplant, and spice rubbed chicken, topped with a shower of crumbled feta cheese.

This Greek chicken takes only 20 minutes from start to finish, and it's packed full of green buttery olives, sweet roasted eggplant, and spice rubbed chicken, topped with a shower of crumbled feta cheese.

This Greek chicken takes only 20 minutes from start to finish, and it's packed full of green buttery olives, sweet roasted eggplant, and spice rubbed chicken, topped with a shower of crumbled feta cheese.

Weeknight Kimchi Fried Rice with Leftover Vegetables

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Kimchi Fried Rice is super easy to whip up on a weeknight for dinner, and it’s a great way to use up leftover ingredients hanging around in the fridge.

The spicy, umami flavor of kimchi tossed in fried rice elevates the dish and perks it up, while being good for your gut health at the same time!

 

And using VeeTee Rice is a super easy way to make fried rice, which is always best when made with slightly old, dried out rice. Since VeeTee is a parcooked, microwaveable rice, it’s cooked just enough and dry just enough to toast and caramelize the rice, making this dish a perfect “I’m in the mood for fried rice” option that you don’t have to think ahead for.

I’ll also confess that I have a major soft spot for kimchi, which is a Korean style of spicy pickle.

Koreans add kimchi to tons of different dishes, and it’s so good for you. If you’re thinking about hopping on the fermented foods bandwagon, kimchi is a great place to start.

Where we live in New York City, kimchi is really easy to find. You can even grab a jar in our local bodega/deli!

However, if it’s not something that’s found in your neck of the woods and you’d like to try it, I’ve used this recipe from The Kitchn to make my own before, and it’s crazy simple. You can purchase gochugaru, a Korean style of chili flakes, on Amazon.

If you’re used to getting your fermented goodness from things like sauerkraut or kombucha but you haven’t given kimchi a try, I really recommend it. It’s a cool, pickle-y, spicy flavor that adds so much to any recipe. My favorite way is on the side of my scrambled eggs in the morning!

Remember the secret I just told you, about how the perfect fried rice, kimchi fried rice or otherwise, starts with slightly old and dried out rice?

It’s by losing its moisture that puts rice in its best position to be fried, so VeeTee’s pre-cooked Heat and Eat Single Flavor packages are a great pantry option to keep on hand for nights when you’re in the mood to whip up a batch of fried rice.

 

 

In this particular recipe, I used roasted broccoli I had made earlier in the week as part of my power hour meal prep sesh.

I didn’t know how I would use it that when I was prepping, but chopped broccoli florets were on sale at Fresh Direct this week, so I bought two packages and roasted them up on Sunday.

I love the way roasted broccoli takes on almost a popcorn-y flavor, and it’s so good to have on hand as an addition to meals, or just as a side dish.

5 from 4 votes
I love ordering kimchi fried rice but I never reazlied how easy it is to make! It's a great way to use up leftovers for dinner, too. Plus, you can make it as spicy as you wish. ove how she uses leftover veggies for this recipe, but also tells you how you can use fresh veggies too if you prefer.
Weeknight Kimchi Fried Rice
Author: Ruthy Kirwan
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 small onion diced (about 1 cup diced)
  • 2 carrots peeled and diced
  • 1 package VeeTee Heat and Eat Long Grain Rice 10 ounces
  • 1/2 cup chopped prepared kimchi
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1/3 cup green peas
  • 1 cup roasted broccoli see note if using fresh
Instructions
  1. Combine vegetable oil and sesame oil and heat until shimmering in a large pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the onions and carrots and cook until the onions have gone translucent and the carrots have softened, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add the rice and break apart with a wooden spoon. Toast the rice, stirring occasionally, about 3-5 minutes or until it has started to brown.
  4. Add the kimchi,, garlic, ginger powder, peas and broccoli and cook, stirring to combine, another 3-5 minutes or until the vegetables have heated through.
  5. Remove from heat and serve,
Recipe Notes

if using fresh broccoli: about 1 1/2 cups fresh florets, chopped fine.

I love ordering kimchi fried rice but I never reazlied how easy it is to make! It's a great way to use up leftovers for dinner, too. Plus, you can make it as spicy as you wish. ove how she uses leftover veggies for this recipe, but also tells you how you can use fresh veggies too if you prefer.

I love ordering kimchi fried rice but I never reazlied how easy it is to make! It's a great way to use up leftovers for dinner, too. Plus, you can make it as spicy as you wish. ove how she uses leftover veggies for this recipe, but also tells you how you can use fresh veggies too if you prefer.

I love ordering kimchi fried rice but I never reazlied how easy it is to make! It's a great way to use up leftovers for dinner, too. Plus, you can make it as spicy as you wish. ove how she uses leftover veggies for this recipe, but also tells you how you can use fresh veggies too if you prefer.

I love ordering kimchi fried rice but I never reazlied how easy it is to make! It's a great way to use up leftovers for dinner, too. Plus, you can make it as spicy as you wish. Love the drippy egg yolk

I love ordering kimchi fried rice but I never reazlied how easy it is to make! It's a great way to use up leftovers for dinner, too. Plus, you can make it as spicy as you wish. Love the drippy egg yolk

I love ordering kimchi fried rice but I never reazlied how easy it is to make! It's a great way to use up leftovers for dinner, too. Plus, you can make it as spicy as you wish. Love the drippy egg yolk

Ground Chicken Burger with Olives and Black Pepper Mayo

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A ground chicken burger that’s mixed with green olives and topped with melty swiss? Heck yes.

Ok, let’s get a little weirder up in here with our chicken burger: top that baby with black pepper mayo.

Say what!?

I KNOW. It’s a little offbeat but it so works.

The green olives add briny moisture to the ground chicken burger mix, and the melty cheese holds it together, and the black pepper mayo on top is just the kick you need to kill it at making easy dinner on the grill on a weeknight.

The thing with ground chicken burgers is that they often come out a little dry. There’s not nearly enough fat in the mix to keep things nice and moist, the way a great burger should be.

So adding chopped green olives to the mix is a slightly different, totally tasty way to change things up and at the same time make that burger patty the best it can be.

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The idea behind this ground chicken burger with green olives came to me at a diner in Northern Michigan last fall.

I was visiting my parents in my hometown and we grabbed a bite to eat at a local restaurant. I ordered the chicken burger toped with sliced green olives and swiss, and it was… underwhelming.

It’s a common sandwich in the Midwest: grilled chicken breast topped with sliced green olives, topped with melted swiss cheese. It’s served in a bun like a hamburger would be, but most of the time that’s where the similarities end.

What if, I wondered, slathering on more mayo to cover up the dryness of my chicken sandwich, you could make a better chicken burger by blending the green olives into a ground chicken mix?

Drumroll….. it works! So well. Those olives up the moisture and the flavor. The melted swiss gives it more of a “burger” feel. And that black pepper mayo is just because I’m obsessed with the stuff and it goes well with everything.

Things to remember when making these ground chicken burgers:

For the green olives: 

  • Start with pitted green olives to save yourself the hassle
  • If you don’t feel like chopping them by hand, toss them in the food processor and pulse until they’re roughly diced
  • Don’t feel the need to go with fancy green olives here; plain ole’ martini olives will work great

For the black pepper mayo: 

When you’re grilling: 

  • Make sure to oil up the grill pan or grates before you add the patties. Despite the olives adding moisture, chicken burgers still don’t have a ton of fat in them. That means they lack grease, which means they have a tendency to stick to the grill. Adding oil will help when you flip halfway through.

Other than that, I love these easy ground chicken burgers as a changeup from the usual. It’s a healthier version of my beloved hamburger, and the extra additions make it better than most. Enjoy!

5 from 4 votes
Ground Chicken Burger with Olives and Black Pepper Mayo
Author: Ruthy Kirwan
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup chopped green olives
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • spray canola oil
  • 4-6 slices swiss cheese
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Burger buns for serving
Instructions
For the burgers:
  1. Heat a barbecue grill or cast-iron grill pan over medium-high heat.
  2. While the grill is heating, combine the ground chicken, green olives, and ground mustard in a large bowl. Stir to combine thoroughly.
  3. Form the chicken mixture into patties.
  4. Spray the grill with oil, then place the patties on the grill, leaving an inch or so of room between each.
  5. Grill 3-4 minutes, then flip. Top each patty with a slice of swiss cheese.
  6. While the second side is grilling, mix together the mayonnaise and black pepper in a small bowl.
  7. After the chicken patties have cooked all the way through, remove from the grill and place each on a bun. Top each patty with a dollop of black pepper mayo and serve.

 

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I love these ground chicken burgers as an easy low-carb burger alternative! I wasn't so sure about the green olives she adds to the burger mix but they added a lot of extra moisture and flavor, so don't skip them. The black pepper mayo was a good condiment! I love these ground chicken burgers as an easy low-carb burger alternative! I wasn't so sure about the green olives she adds to the burger mix but they added a lot of extra moisture and flavor, so don't skip them. The black pepper mayo was a good condiment! I love these ground chicken burgers as an easy low-carb burger alternative! I wasn't so sure about the green olives she adds to the burger mix but they added a lot of extra moisture and flavor, so don't skip them. The black pepper mayo was a good condiment! I love these ground chicken burgers as an easy low-carb burger alternative! I wasn't so sure about the green olives she adds to the burger mix but they added a lot of extra moisture and flavor, so don't skip them. The black pepper mayo was a good condiment! I love these ground chicken burgers as an easy low-carb burger alternative! I wasn't so sure about the green olives she adds to the burger mix but they added a lot of extra moisture and flavor, so don't skip them. The black pepper mayo was a good condiment! I love these ground chicken burgers as an easy low-carb burger alternative! I wasn't so sure about the green olives she adds to the burger mix but they added a lot of extra moisture and flavor, so don't skip them. The black pepper mayo was a good condiment!

3 Genius Ways to Uplevel Homemade Chicken Tenders

Upleveled Homemade Chicken Tenders

Homemade chicken tenders are like the holy grail of kid food, aren’t they?

Unless a kid is hard-core against meat, I’ve yet to meet a child (or any meat-eater, really) who doesn’t love a good homemade chicken tender.

The problem, though? Homemade chicken tenders can be dry, tasteless, and the bottoms get all gummy.

GROSS.

I mean, my kids would still eat it. With enough ketchup, they’ll eat anything, actually.

Lucky for you, I’ve made approximately 9 billion chicken tenders in my life.

And along the way, I’ve figured out a handful of sneaky hacks and tricks that will seriously uplevel a plain old chicken tender.

Are you ready to hear what they are?

I outlined them in this video I made with my kids on Facebook Live in my private Facebook group, Busy Mamas Cooking In Tiny Kitchens (I’d love for you to join the community, btw!)

Oh, and you’ve been warned: this video is REAL LIFE, DUDES. My son was teething and crabby and clingy. He wouldn’t let me put him down so I had to cook without the use of both hands. My daughter dumped like, 18 tons of Parmesan cheese into the breading mix (whoops). My son dropped chicken tender on my shirt and then ate it anyway (and I had to go change).

This is life when you’re cooking with kids in the kitchen, and I’m sure many of you can relate! Plus, my kitchen’s not the tidiest, there are toys littering the background, and the linoleum on my rental apartment floor is truly hideous.

Whatever.

We got dinner made, and that’s the important part!

And here’s the recipe! I don’t usually use a recipe when I make tenders – it’s more of a general thing.

1/2 pound of chicken + 1/2 cup white flour + 1 egg, whisked + 2 tablespoons mustard + 1 cup panko breadcrumbs + 1/2 cup parmesan.

Mix the egg and mustard together in a large bowl. Mix the panko and parmesan together in another large bowl. Dredge the chicken in flour, then the egg/mustard mix, then the parmesan/panko mix.

Fry until golden brown and crispy, and drain on a paper-towel lined plate

or

Bake in a 400*F preheated oven, on top of a cookie rack lining a sheet pan. This helps (facilitate airflow above and below the tenders)

 

YUM! Do your kids loovvveee chicken tenders as much as mine do!?

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