Thai Chicken Burgers with Mango Salsa

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Thai Chicken Burgers with Mango Salsa are wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun, topped with a juicy mango salsa and spiked with a spicy peanut sauce. Fresh and wonderfully tasty.

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I’m fairly certain I could make a million dollars by making running/yoga pants that fit like they’re supposed to.

See, I’ve been genetically cursed blessed with the dreaded “belly pooch”. All the women in my family have one and no matter what I eat, how much I exercise, or how much I weigh, it never goes away. My friends used to call it my little “Buddha Belly” in high school.

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Haha. Ha.

Anyways, I’ve accepted the buddha and the fact that I will never have a super flat stomach, and thus enjoy a good pair of high-waisted pants. You know – the kind that are uber-satisfying to perform the up-and-over maneuver with? Ladies, please tell me you’re nodding your head?

Well the last 4 pairs of running/yoga pants/capris I’ve bought (admittedly from Target) have claimed to be high waisted, but sure enough – the minute I start exercising, the waistband drops down and my buddha pops out. This is SO uncomfortable and especially irritating when it’s highly windy, like on my run this afternoon, and the gusts flatten my shirt against the pooch, exposing it to the world.

Is this TMI?

I hope not. At any rate, I would surely appreciate a pair of high-waisted workout pants that STAY high-waisted while I’m actually working out! If there exists such a pair, please tell me. If not, I shall design one myself – and that is how I’ll make my millions! Muwahahaha! :D

There’s no appropriate way to go from the previous topic to the next, so I’m just going to go for it…

Tonight’s dinner was my absolute favorite of the week – Thai Chicken Burgers!!

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The inspiration for these burgers came from my Thai Tofu Pizza and I seriously went crazy for them! I started with 1lb ground chicken breast. PS after a tip from a reader, I asked the meat counter guy at my grocery store to freshly grind up some chicken breasts for me. While he couldn’t send them through the grinder due to health regulations (mixing poultry & beef) he COULD send it through the tenderizer a zillion times, which ground it up just the same!

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To the chicken I added ~2 Tablespoons each green onion and chopped cilantro and 1/2 a batch of Peanut Sauce.

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I mixed it all up with a spoon and formed 4 patties.

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The patties will be pretty loose, but it’ll be ok!

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I sprayed the tops with non-stick spray and headed to the grill, where I placed the patties sprayed-side down.

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4 minutes on each side, on medium-high heat, spraying the tops again with non-stick spray before flipping, and I got…

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THESE!!! Gosh they smelled so good! The peanut sauce in the burger totally caramelizes and makes this insane, crunchy crust on the outside!

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To assemble my burger, I laid down a large lettuce leaf. I forget what this was – anything will do, really. :)

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Then I added 1/4 of the leftover peanut sauce (remember, the first 1/2 of the batch went into the burger,)

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placed the burger on top,

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(YES!)

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then finished it off with fresh Mango Salsa!

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Thai Chicken Burgers with Mango Salsa

Print this recipe!

Serves 4

Ingredients:

For the peanut sauce:
3 Tablespoons smooth peanut butter
1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 Tablespoon water
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce (could use siracha)
1 teaspoon honey or agave nectar
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

For the mango salsa:
1 Mango, cubed
1/2 jalapeno, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
handful cilantro, chopped
2 green onions, chopped
juice of 1 lime
salt & pepper

For the burgers:
1lb ground chicken
2 Tablespoons green onion
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 peanut sauce recipe (see below)
1 head lettuce like romaine or butter

Directions:

  1. For the peanut sauce: Mix all ingredients together.
  2. For the mango salsa: Mix all ingredients together.
  3. For the burgers: Preheat the grill to medium-high. Mix together chicken, green onion, cilantro and 1/2 the recipe of peanut sauce. Form into 4 patties. Spray each side generously with non-stick spray, then grill for 4 minutes a side, or until cooked all the way through. Place lettuce leaf on a plate, spread on a dallop of peanut sauce, then place burger on top. Spoon mango salsa on top.

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I wrapped the lettuce leaf around the burger and salsa, then stuck a fork in it. Literally! ;)

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The mango was perfectly ripe and nearly melted over the hot, Thai-flavored burger.

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The peanut sauce, though, TOTALLY made it! It melted too, under the hot burger, and was luscious and thick.

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All my favorite Asian flavors, wrapped up in a light and crispy package. :) This would be great as a salad too. Just break the patty up over some greens, toss in some mango salsa and drizzle on the peanut sauce. YES!

Ok – I am off to watch “our shows” with Ben. Can you believe tonight is Steve Carell’s LAST OFFICE??? I’m so sad. Will Farrell wasn’t as funny as I thought he was going to be as the interim boss – more awkward than anything – so I’m excited to see who the new one’s going to be. I’m hearing rumblings that Will Arnett will take over. Now THAT would be good!

Have a great night everyone!

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What do you wear to workout in?

On a scale of 1-5 (1 low, 5 high) how excited (or not) are you for tonight’s Royal Wedding? Anyone having a viewing party?

Up until 3 weeks ago, I couldn’t have cared less. Something has happened though, and I am totally a 5 at this point! I LOVE Kate (especially her hair – can I have it?!) and can’t wait to see her dress!

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