Herb Chicken Burgers

During the week, like most parents, I get pretty darn busy.  One of the biggest changes in my life since switching to a Paleo diet is that I cook everyday.  I used to cook probably 4 out of 7 nights a week anyway, but now I cook everyday, twice a day.  Three on the weekend.  One of the things I very quickly learned is that I would need to bring my lunch to work everyday.  No more eating out with the office crew on a whim, driving through somewhere to get something to eat or even running to the grocery store for a quick sushi fix.  I had to be sure to plan ahead.  So, when I cook a weeknight dinner, I always try to make enough to be able to have leftovers for lunch.  Of course, it doesn’t always work out that way. Sometimes what I make is sooo delicious (don’t laugh, it happens) that it all gets eaten or there is only enough left for the hubs for lunch, and he comes first in my book!

Enter, chicken burgers.

Several weeks ago, I received my very first online, grass-fed meat order from Tropical Traditions.  First online meat order.  First grass-fed order. First meat order from Tropical Traditions.  It’s all good.

Along with lots of beef (roasts, short ribs and soup bones!), I purchased 4 lbs of ground chicken.  The chickens from Tropical Traditions eat grass and insects (novel concept!) and are fed Cocofeed (no soy!), which you can read more about here.  I ordered some thinking I would make some burgers and boy, am I glad I did!  These chicken burgers have turned out to be one of the simplest, most flavorful lunches that I carry to work.  Not to mention, they are a great grab-and-go, after school snack for my teenage daughter.  When they are in the fridge, she gobbles them up.  They are just as delicious cold as they are warm, and they keep really well.

Here is what you need to make 4 burgers:

1 lb ground pastured chicken

1 T. dried herb mix of choice, I used Victoria Taylor’s Tuscan seasoning, which I absolutely love!

1  tsp sea salt

1/2 cup onion, finely diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

pepper to taste

coconut oil

Here’s what you do:

To start, place the ground chicken in a large bowl and sprinkle in the herbs, salt & pepper.  In a non stick pan (this is very important or they will stick!) over medium heat, saute the onions and garlic in a little bit of the coconut oil until just translucent.  Add the onions and garlic to the chicken mixture and stir to combine.   NOTE: This step is completely optional.  It would be a lot quicker to leave out the cooked onions and garlic, making this recipe even more of a time saver, but I LOVE onions and garlic.  I use any excuse to put them into whatever I am making!  Feel free to omit the onion and garlic if you want. You won’t hurt my feelings.

Return the pan to the heat, crank the heat up to medium high, and add enough coconut oil to just coat the bottom of the pan.  Form the patties by hand (this part is messy), and place them in the pan. Cook until well browned, about 5-7 minutes per side.

Once cooked through, transfer them to a plate to cool.  When cool, store them in an airtight container in the fridge.  A quick lunch will be ready anytime you need it!

When I take these to work, all I do is put one on top of a pile of spinach and top it with a dollop of homemade paleo mayo!  Lunch is ready for the hubs and I for tomorrow! Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

Enjoy!!

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Paleo Chicken Salad

I pretty much always have a rotisserie chicken in the fridge, even before the switch to Paleo.   It is just too easy to work with during the busy, work week!  Plus, I love chicken salad!  Since going Paleo, however, I haven’t really had it because, well, what am I going to eat it with?  No more bread.  No more crackers.  Then along came my discovery of Pure Wraps, and I am back in business!  This is awesome because chicken salad is a versatile, quick weekday lunch!  My chicken salad is different literally every time I make it, and it all depends on what I have on hand.  My go-to faves are apricots, walnuts, onion and tarragon, which is what I happened to have on hand tonight.  The key for me is the tarragon, or Mexican Mint Marigold.  My mom turned me onto this herb a few years ago and it has quickly become one of my favorites, especially in chicken salad!  If you don’t have it, you could sub in any herb you have. Rosemary would be nice.

Be forewarned….there are no quantities here.  If that freaks you out, sorry.  You will just have to deal with it because this is a ‘make it how you like it’ kind of recipe.   Surely you know how you like it, right?  Some people like a lot of mayo, some like a little.  Some might like the sweetness of the dried fruit and want to add more, and some might not.  It is totally up to you how much of each ingredient you put in.  And the beauty of it is…you can’t really mess it up!  Personally, I am heavy on the onions and about even on everything else.  I LOVE onions!  and yes, the hubs still kisses me.  He must love me.  Sigh.

 

Here is a basic list of ingredients:

leftover rotisserie chicken, chopped or shredded

dried fruit, diced

onion, minced

nuts or seeds of choice, chopped

Paleo Mayo

tarragon, chopped  (normally there would be a LOT more than what you see, but my tarragon plant didn’t survive the winter.  I have a new one started, but it is still so little that I felt bad taking all of its leaves.)

s&p

Put it all in a large bowl together and mix it all up.  Wrap it up in a Pure Wrap, add some veg and then pack it to go to the office. or the park. or the car. or wherever you enjoy your lunch!

It really doesn’t get much easier than that for a busy weekday!

 

 

 

Yum! Yum! YUM!

Yesterday, I received my package from Improveat of Pure Wraps.  I had been anxiously awaiting it’s arrival!  After first reading about these wraps on nom nom Paleo‘s site and seeing her delicious creations, I had to get my hands on some. Not able to contain my excitement or the desire to try them as soon as possible, I made my Paleo Chicken Salad (recipe coming) and wrapped it up for lunch today.  I had read that some people didn’t like them because they are kind of thick and a little greasy, but neither of those things were an issue for me.  In fact, I found them to be more thin than thick.  I think they are perfect!  They have a slightly sweet flavor to them, and I love the texture.  They do not fall apart and even kind of cling to themselves helping to hold the wrap together.  Sandwich cravings be gone!  These wraps are an easy way to get a “old school” feeling lunch.

These are soo good and at only 4 per package, I have already placed another order!