Thai Chicken Burgers with Mango Salsa


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


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.


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!

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!!


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!


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


placed the burger on top,




then finished it off with fresh Mango Salsa!


Thai Chicken Burgers with Mango Salsa

Serves 4


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


  • 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


  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.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,


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


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


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


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!


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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  1. Melissa 04.28.2011

    Ugh, I have more of an issue with um, (whispers) crotch wedgies when I workout. Why oh why must pants/shorts ride up in this manner???? Shudder.

    I don’t know about a scale of 1 to 5, but I am more excited about your dinner than I am about the royal wedding. I’ll check out the recaps because her hair is totally gorge and I’ve gotta see the dress, of course, but otherwise I feel pretty “meh” about the whole thing.

  2. Kylie 04.28.2011

    I work out in one thing only: lululemon. Their pants aren’t overly high-waisted but they wear like Spanx, and they stay in place, even over my floppy new mom tummy. Love.

    • Maria 04.28.2011

      I was going to say the same thing too Kylie…OMG Lululemon! To die for. I was in Denver this past weekend and accidentally bought a new pair.

      • BuddaBelly#2 04.28.2011

        Agree with both of you!! Amazing. Expensive. But so worth it. They never wear out or lose their shape. Like EVER. Invest in some. It will be worth it I promise!!!

  3. erica 04.28.2011

    i totally understand the whole “buddah belly” issue…
    i know they’re pretty pricey, but i love my astro pants from lululemon! (the wonder unders are great too!)

    i used to be so wary about spending so much on workout clothes but now i live in them and wear them all the time that i feel like they’re worth the investment :)

  4. Chad 04.28.2011

    As a man, I read your past and I’m wholeheartedly glad that I don’t really know what a “buddha” or a “pooch” is so… well… yeah. :) Nice burgers, btw!

  5. Melanie 04.28.2011

    I’m planning on rising early to watch the wedding, if that tells you anything about my level of excitement! :) I love Kate’s hair too and it has inspired me to believe that I can keep my hair long for some years to come… :) But seriously, how is it NOT interesting/entertaining/awesome that a seemingly normal girl grew up to marry a prince? My inner five year old LOVES that fact!

  6. Maria 04.28.2011

    I second the recommendation for lululemon. You will not find anything better! The Victoria’s Secret VSX line is great, too.

  7. Kathryn 04.28.2011

    I have a buddha, but I always called mine ‘the inherited pooch’. I have bought yoga pants with a waist band that rolls over, so you can adjust to your comfort. I bought these at Express.

    • Amy 04.28.2011

      I second roll-over pants. I bought my two fav pairs (which I totally wear grocery shopping, Targeting and running other random errands) at the GAP outlet in Williamsburg, but I”m pretty sure the GAP Body store at Jordan Creek has them too.

  8. Low 04.28.2011

    I have the same never ending pooch. Blah. I’ll definitely buy your patented pants!

  9. Annie 04.28.2011

    I have a pooch too and used to experience my workout pants/capris slipping down until I invested in some higher quality workout wear. I LOVE Zella workout capris and find that it keeps everything in check and I don’t ever have to pull them up. I run, do kickboxing, and do bootcamp classes and no longer have to constantly pull up my pants which is pretty awesome! Another plus is that they are super comfy & really slimming. I’d say it’s kind of like workout spanx! I got them at Nordstroms and here’s the link:

    Btw, those burgers look really tasty!!!

  10. Lauren 04.28.2011

    I;ve made your Thai Tofu pizza and agree, it’s quite remarkable! I love the spin on it with the burgers.

    By the way, I LIVE in Express Yoga pants. (Currently, I own 6 pairs) They have a large fold over flap that is perfect. I like to stuff my belly with delicious food after a long day and these pants are so complimentary of that. :)

  11. Tracy 04.28.2011

    I once upon a time bought some yoga pants at Old Navy, they have a a fold over waistband that I just dont fold over and they work great for me!

  12. Josie 04.28.2011

    Aghh!! The dreaded belly pooch-totally sympathize with you. I actually like the American Eagle yoga pant/capri line. They have a foldover waist and are highwaisted. I am 5’11” and they have tall sizes which are more than long enough to cover the pooch. Just curious, what brand of jean/casual pants do you wear to help keep the pooch at bay??

    • Iowa Girl Eats 04.28.2011

      I like “Jilt” brand which I get at Von Maur, WHICH they hem for free!

  13. anna 04.28.2011

    I second the vote for the Victoria’s Secret yoga pants. I bought a couple pairs at one of the semi-annual sales and I love them!

  14. Kayla 04.28.2011

    Yes. I have a pair of Puma black workout capris that are PERFECT for the issue you are talking about. They have a wide black waistband that fits high and perfect and stays in place even during a run. I had two babies in less than two years and even though I lost all the baby weight (and then some!) I was left with some unfortunate saggy “extra” skin under my belly button that will never go away unless I someday talk myself (and my husband) into paying for a tummy tuck. I don’t think I’d ever really do it, but I am only 30 and would love to be able to wear a two-piece swimming suit again… Anyway, try Puma! I got them from and they were super affordable.

  15. Love your comment about the workout pants. I also have an issue with shorts – they always hug my thighs :-( Who wants to run fast with shorts that are supposed to be loose cutting off leg circulation?! I have some really comfy yoga pants from Express actually….maybe they’ll work for you?

    Your recipes amaze me. I wish I could make those burgers!

    As for Royal Wedding – Yep, I too am now extremely excited. I couldn’t help myself. With all the coverage how can one not be into it :-) My work is doing a Royal Wedding party and I’m in charge of food!

  16. jad18 04.28.2011

    I have some fold over yoga pants frrom old navy that are pretty high waisted. I was not very excited about the wedding, but I really like kate and cannot wait to see her dress!

  17. Amanda 04.28.2011

    Dinner looks awesome! I hear you on the belly thing .. that is my eternal “problem area”, regardless of how clean I eat / how much I exercise. I really love lululemon’s groove pant .. they’re awesome! I also think that a good workout top makes all the difference .. the longer the better!!

  18. Jennifer 04.28.2011

    I LOVE the Everlast pair that I have. They have a high waist that you don’t fold over. They are just high. I never have to hike them up, even after sprinting. They stay. I found mine at Ross, and I’ve seen them at Marshalls and TJ Maxx. $9.99. Can’t go wrong. I won’t wear anything else.

  19. Liz 04.28.2011

    lululemon groove pant! totally life changing!

  20. I have some pants from Alo – not sure what they are called, but they have such a great produce line (and a good mission too!)

  21. Alli 04.28.2011

    I’m a big fan of Gap’s gfast capri. They’re high enough & stay in place! the 30-40% off emails I keep getting help too :)

    • Lauren 04.28.2011

      I agree- Gap’s active line is great. I have a pair of the running tights and they rest just above the belly button and suck in my Buddha belly (I suffer from the same issue). Now only if I could get away with wearing them to the office.

  22. Dream Mom 04.28.2011

    UGH…the dreaded yoga pant. I mean, how hard is it to make a yoga pant? I’ve have to look all over to find one that looks good. I just wanted a black, bootcut yoga pants without stripes, embellishments, etc. I am taller so I usually have trouble getting the length. This year I got lucky. I found the Danskin Now yoga bootcut yoga pants. You can get them anywhere but they are cheapest at Walmart- I think for $11 or so. The top won’t roll over, they look great and are really comfortable.

    Yes, I am VERY excited about the Royal Wedding! I can’t wait to see her dress. I saw her mother get married and remember what a lovely woman she was and how much she loved her children. She would be so proud of William’s selection for a wife. It should be an exciting time and yes, I’ll be up at 3 a.m. Central Time to see the glorious event.

  23. Amanda 04.28.2011

    I second Liz’s suggestion – Lululemon groovepants. AWESOME. Check them out! They are totally worth the price, and they last forever!

  24. Rachel 04.28.2011

    I have a pair of under armour capris that have a fold over waist that really help with not only my budda, but also whole muffin top :) I don’t know if they’re considered yoga pants though. I use them for all my exercising.

    • Rachel 04.28.2011

      oh…btw, I got them at Sports Authority in Clive!

  25. girliefriend 04.28.2011

    I am in awe of your chicken burgers. I always fear under cooking ground poultry and then tend to overcompensate and they dry out. As for the royal wedding…I’d rather eat my elbows. :roll:

  26. Anna 04.28.2011

    I have the same issue and Lululemon is NOT highwaisted enough for my comfort. The ONLY pair I have ever been happy in are the Nike Drifit pants – come in both a long pant and a flared capri. They do not disappoint and for girls that have a tiny waist compared to their hips, they are a GODSEND!

  27. Christy 04.28.2011

    You know all those t-shirts you get in elementary school/high school for different activities you were involved in? That’s what I wear to workout. I’m hoping to wear them out sooner rather than later and buy some real (cute) workout clothes.
    I’ll probably be excited for the Royal Wedding after it happens. Then I’ll be obsessed with the pictures and footage. It’s not really something that occupies my mind at the moment (but ask me again in 12 hours).

  28. erica 04.28.2011

    I know all about lululemon! The most commin fabrics used in their pants are luon and luxtreme. Luon is the fabric most people are familiar with (it’s used in the groove pant and wunder unders). That material is best for pilates and yoga. The groove pant has a high-ish waist and is super flattering. I love them because I’m tall so I get the tall size and don’t hem. The length alone is worth the price tag, in my opinion.

    Luxtreme is thinner, more moisture wicking than luon, holds everything in, supports your muscles (prevents muscle bounce and fatigue) and is best for running. I recommend (and wear) the “inspire crop.” I think they might be high enough.

  29. Morgan 04.28.2011

    I love the fold over part of these capris from old navy. They can fold up to hold in the pooch and are super comfy!!

    • Heather 04.28.2011

      I second the old navy foldover yoga capris. They stay up and are awesome! Cheap too :)

  30. Ashley 04.28.2011

    Victoria’s Secret yoga pants are great – they don’t fold and are higher waisted. I also own the Express yoga pants – but I’m thinking I need to look into Lululemon!!

  31. Kristin from MN 04.28.2011

    Nike pants and capris run higher waisted than other brands in the sporting goods stores is what a staff member told me. I have two Nike pairs I love. I just got a new pair of under armour capris and the waist definitely is much lower. I agree with you about the wedding… I wasn’t interested until just this past week now I’m hooked and plan to watch it live tomorrow morning!

  32. Amber 04.28.2011

    I have the Victoria’s Secret yoga pants and love them! I would love to try a pair of Lululemon pants based on the wonderful recommendations, but I just can’t bring myself to shell out the dough for ’em!

  33. Ok, it makes me feel better that someone else is excited about the royal wedding. My coworkers were giving me such a hard time today at work.
    Even though they are pricier, I just love the brand Lucy. To me, they fit a million times better than Lululemon. I wore them during my half and those babies didn’t budge. They also sit higher on the waist then the pair of Lululemon ones I own.

  34. Kelly 04.28.2011

    I love workout pants from the store Lucy. They are incredible! A little pricey but well worth it! You should check them out.

  35. jen 04.28.2011

    I work at an apparel company, so I wear alot of randomly decorated athletic wear. Hey, I get a discount! ;)

    I couldn’t have cared less about the royal wedding until yesterday. Now I’m getting ready to go set the DVR. I’m not excited enough to get up early to watch it, but I do kinda want to see it. I mean, how often do you get to see an actual prince/princess get married!?

  36. Amy 04.28.2011

    I love roll-over pants from GAP. Also, I have a pair of capris from Kohl’s FILA line that are super-duper awesome. They come up high enough that they take care of my spare tire and my pooch and stay in place AND look slimming AND the waist is thicker and tighter so they don’t move. Fab-u-licious.

  37. Sarah 04.28.2011

    I thought I was the only one with this problem. Honestly, it’s why I shy from running. Totally going to buy the Lucy “perfect core” pants!

  38. Alisha 04.28.2011

    3 AM Central for Royal Wedding!! :) Gonna get nap in here pretty quick! I am also in love with Kate’s hair! I wish I had the t patience o actually grow mine out! Excited to see the dress and just everything in general. I really love Under Armour active wear; it just fits well! Just try on everything, that is how I find my favorite brands! :) Great post as always!

  39. Emily 04.28.2011

    Loving this yoga pant discussion! And now I am curious…anyone have good recommendations for jeans? I have the belly pooch issue and have a very “boy-like” figure…no curves at the hips to speak of. You’d think this would be a good thing, but women’s jeans are made for curves in the hips. Any suggestions, folks?

    • Karla 04.29.2011

      I love the Perfect Boot jeans from the GAP. I have the same issue and they seem to fit really well.

    • Yvette 04.30.2011

      My hips are definitely not the standard 10+ inches bigger than my waist, barely 8 inches bigger. I find the Long and Lean jean from the Gap about the only thing that works, I have tried from cheap to very pricey and these are it. I would love to find other options but I just get so tired of jean shopping.

  40. Lyn 04.28.2011

    try kohls.. they have a good selection
    i lost 190 lbs.. and they fit me pretty well

    let me know how you make out Kristen

  41. UGH! I know your pain. As much as I exercise, my poodge will never go away!! I am envious of those people are are fairly thin (but are super thin) but have a flat stomach!!

    I actually can’t stand high-waisted pants, so sorry, no help here!

  42. ashley 04.29.2011

    I have a pair of NikeFit pants that stay up!! They are waaay too long for me though and I’m 5’4″, so I’m not sure if you’d like them… No offense! :) My sister-in-law loves lululemon and athleta, but I’m too cheap to buy their stuff….so far anyway. If I get frustrated enough with constantly yanking on my clothes during runs and yoga I eventually splurge (hence the NikeFit pants). Good luck in your search!

  43. I’m totally excited for the wedding. Watching something about all the family members on OPB right now. As for good workout pants, it’s tough to find. My favs are Nike capris. I find that my lululemon wunder unders fall down pretty easy when I’m doing anything cardio related.

    • Your wunder unders may be too big! I used to experience my lululemon pants falling down…and then I went down a size, and no more problems!

  44. haha, I have to say, when I read your first sentences I thought, “Chip Wilson [lululemon founder] already did that!”

    If you ever have the opportunity to go to a lululemon store, I’d definitely recommend going and trying some pants/ crops on. And tell the educators there what you’re looking for/ need. The reason lululemon makes so many different style pants is because there are different rises, snugness, etc., so there’s something for everybody.

  45. Hope 04.29.2011

    These burgers look amazing! I love the addition of the mango salsa. I’m loving mangoes right now. I need to get some. :)

    I loved watching the Royal Wedding! Kate was absolutely stunning! What a beautiful wedding :)

  46. Dan 04.29.2011

    Been reading your blog for a while. Love it..

    We make our own ground chicken at home. You do know that Kitchen Aid makes a meat grinder attachment that goes right on the front of your stand-mixer, right? It’s quick and really easy to clean. Ground chicken actually makes a great taco meat, by the way!

  47. Christy 04.29.2011

    Try the yoga pants at Old Navy. They make them with the fold over waist band and are great for no slippage!

  48. Lauri 04.29.2011

    I actually just bought the Target (champion brand maybe?) knee length fitted pants and got nervous after reading this so I took them for a trial run this monring and they stayed in place pretty well – hope they stay for my 10k tomrorow! Maybe you need to go down a size?

  49. Brie 04.29.2011

    (Sorry for the all-caps, but they’re just that good)

    Super cheap and comfy – I have two pairs and always have to stop myself from buying more. I guarantee they’ll flatten your tummy, although I have a hard time believing you need help in that department. Give ’em a try though :)

  50. Laura 04.29.2011

    I couldn’t have agreed more with you on the work out capri situation! I LOVE these!

    At first I panicked when I got these for Christmas because I didn’t read the fine print that these were compression capris, but I love them. Elastic waste and then tight in the rear/legs to hold ya together when running. :) Not cheap, but totally worth it in my book!

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