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Thai Chicken Burgers (meat)

Eileen Goltz. | Meat

Submitted by Clare Boniface-Jason Chicago IL

Perfect for a more exotic barbecue, these Thai-inspired chicken burgers combine ground chicken with sweet, tangy peanut sauce and red curry paste. Barbecue or pan-cook, and serve with coconut-mint mayo on toasted rolls.

Fresh mint, parsley and scallions tend to be infested with aphids, thrips and other insects. Please check “Special Instructions” below for insect inspection instructions.

Ingredients

1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup flaked coconut
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
2 pounds ground chicken
2 1/2 cups bread crumbs
1/2 cup Thai peanut sauce
2 tablespoons red curry paste
2 tablespoons minced green onion
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
2 teaspoons soy sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons lime juice
1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce
8 hamburger buns, split and toasted


Instructions

In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise, coconut, and mint. Cover, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. In a large bowl, mix together ground chicken, crumbs, Thai peanut sauce, curry paste, green onion, parsley, soy sauce, garlic, lemon juice, lime juice, and hot pepper sauce. Be careful not to over-mix. Divide into 8 equal size balls. Flatten into patties about 1/2 inch thick.

Preheat the grill for medium-high heat. Lightly oil the grill grate. Grill burgers for 6 to 8 minutes per side, or until well done. Serve on toasted buns with Coconut-Mint Mayonnaise.

Fresh Herbs and Insect Infestation Inspection: Fresh mint and parsely (as well as the following herbs: cilantro, dill, oregano, rosemary, sage and thyme) are often used as spices or garnishing. Aphids, thrips and other insects may often be found on the leaves and stems of these herbs. Insects tend to nestle in the crevices between the leaves and branches of herbs. These insects can curl up and stick to the leaf once they come in contact with water. Please Note: Curly leaf parsley is very difficult to check. It is therefore recommended that only flat leaf parsley be used. Vegetable spinners, power hoses, and light boxes are not always available in the home. We therefore recommend the following alternate procedure. Scallions or Green Onions Insect Infestation: Light green or brown thrips may occasionally be found between the green branches where they protrude from the bulb. Less frequently, they can be found crawling on the outside or inside of the long green shoots. Inspection: 1. A vertical cut should be made from the top of the scallion’s green shoot to the bottom of the bulb. Examine three scallions from each bunch, paying careful attention to the area between the branches that protrude from the bulb. 2. If no insects are found, wash thoroughly under a heavy stream of water or power hose and use. 3. If insects are found in a scallion, the entire bunch must be checked. The affected scallion must be discarded. 1. Soak herbs in a solution of cold water and vegetable wash. The proper amount of vegetable wash has been added when some bubbles are observed in the water. (In the absence of vegetable wash, several drops of concentrated non-scented liquid detergent may be used. However, for health reasons, thoroughly rinse off the soapy solution.) 2. Agitate the herbs in the soapy water, in order to loosen the sticking excretion of the bugs. 3. Using a heavy stream of water, thoroughly wash off the soap and other foreign matter from the herbs. 4. Check both sides of each leaf under direct light. 5. If one or two insects are found, rewash the herbs. 6. If any insects are found after repeating the agitation process twice, the entire bunch must be discarded.