You already know that I like easy food!
Well, these are easy, have only a few ingredients, freeze well, pack in a heap of good stuff to stretch the meat further aaaaand… they’re delicious!
Plus I kind of feel like they’re a complete meal in one. Protein, veg and grain … All right there! Which means that if I’m in a hurry and grab a couple of these from the freezer, I’ve got everything I need for a balanced meal. Winning 👌
- 4 medium chicken thighs (about 485g), skinless and boneless
- 200g broccoli
- 1/2 cup tricoloured quinoa (110g)
- 1 tbsp coconut aminos
- 1/4 cup (15g) Nutritional yeast
- 1 birdseye chilli or 1/2 tsp chilli flakes (you can skip the chilli if you’re not a fan!)
Start by bringing a small saucepan of water to the boil and cooking the quinoa. Rinse it well first, then it should take about 15 mins. Drain it, rinse it again and set aside.
Wash the broccoli well and shake dry (too much water and your patties will be soggy). Break into chunks and add to your food processor. Process until fine (Speed 4, 8 seconds, scrape down then Speed 5 for 5 seconds).
Whilst still processing (speed 4), add the nutritional yeast and chicken through the top chute and process until it is finely chopped and well combined. (Up to Speed 5 for 8 seconds once it is all added)
Continue processing (Speed 4) and add in the chilli and coconut aminos.
Add add in the (very well drained) quinoa and process until it is evenly combined.
Scrape mixture into a bowl, cover and place in the fridge for 2 hours, or up to over night. I usually make the mix in the morning before work and then form the patties in the afternoon.
Use tablespoons of mixture to form patties with slightly oiled hands and place them on a lined baking tray.
Spray with a little olive oil, then place into a 200C oven for about 20 minutes, then flip and cook for another 5-10 minutes, or until cooked through (you can use a thermometer to check that the centre has reached 75C) and golden.
Makes 12. These freeze and defrost well – use a little kitchen paper to absorb excess moisture when defrosting and reheating.
Serve warm with extra veggies, and an extra drizzle of coconut amino sauce – or use them the next time your build your own burgers!
If macros are important to you – here are the details per patty (1 /12th of the recipe):