Chicken Cakes (Spicy or Not) with Sweet Chilli Drizzle

We haven't been eating beef for a few months now; so if we want burgers I look for alternatives and this is one of my favorites.

Juicy and flavorful, yet low in fat I devised this one from bits and pieces of 3 other recipes.

If you've been disappointed with chicken or turkey burgers which are dry and flavorless ~ you should give this one a try. I have a couple of tips to assure your cakes will remain appetizingly moist and juicy.

One of the secrets of these low fat and moist cakes is to chop your own meat using your food processor rather than buying already-ground chicken or turkey.
Please don't let this extra step deter you; these just won't come out the same with store ground chicken, plus it's so easy!
It makes all the difference in the final dish.

This way you know just what goes into the mix; there is virtually no fat and the larger chunks you can achieve by doing it at home keep the patties/cakes more juicy when cooked. I much prefer this method over ground chicken or turkey from the market for this recipe.

The other secret is to quickly brown them for just a couple of minutes on each side on the stove top, then transfer to the oven for a few more minutes to cook through. This technique give no-fail delicious results every time.

I usually make them mini-size and serve them as an appetizer, or as a component of a salad on arugula (rocket/roquet), baby spinach leaves, or a combination of both greens.
You can make them larger and serve on buns or in pita bread if you prefer.

Most often I use skinless chicken breasts, but you can use turkey, prawn meat, or fish, too.

If you're looking for a lower-fat and very flavorful alternative you might want to give this recipe a try; it may become one of your favorites ~ as it is at my house.

For a printable copy of the recipe you can find it on my recipe blog by clicking HERE.

Thank you for stopping by today ~ I would love to hear from you, please leave me a comment!. :)


  1. Just reading the title one is drooling.
    Looks yummy delcious

  2. I think these look wonderful. I love the idea of making chicken or turkey burgers but you're right - they're usually disappointing. I'm putting this recipe (and all your tips!) in my to-cook-soon list! Thanks, Mari!

  3. this looks delicious, the perfect start for a lovely meal, well done! you have a lovely blog, loved the photos,

    cheers from london


  4. Guess what we are having for dinner tomorrow...

  5. They look great! Especially the way you plate and present!

  6. yummy...I am having a-give-away to celebrate my 1 month Blogoversary.... so come on over and check it out... We will picking a winner Late Monday night , and posting the results then...

  7. They do look good! I tried them last year with the CF recipe..I did grind my own chicken..
    They were ok..I will try them again with yours..they look delicious!

  8. Oh my, this is one I want to try real soon! Thank you for sharing. The pictures are mouth watering!

  9. spicy or not this is a great recipe

  10. They look so tantalising! I love those slices of green chilli ... it's an Asian thing to have them with our dishes :) Lovely, Mari!

  11. These look amazing -- It's been years since I tried turkey burgers and found them lacking -- perhaps your photos will make me give them a second look. Thanks for your visit!

  12. These look wonderful. A great alternative to beef. I love spicy..the chili drizzle would be awesome.

  13. Mary, your chicken cakes look fantastic. I like the seasoning and sauce you used. Slightly different than the recipe I have for chicken cakes. Can't wait to give your version a try.

  14. Thanks for the tip about grinding the chicken yourself. I rarely buy ground chicken/turkey because it always seemed suspect. The spices sound so very good. I will be trying this soon!

    Thanks, Mari.....Diane

  15. What a fantastic combination of flavors! Pretty too--found your pic on Food Gawker.
    This is so nice and light; exactly what I need to be eating to offset all of the other holiday foods we all seem to eat during this time of year.

  16. Thank you so much for your comments! I hope you like the recipe if you decide to make it. :)

  17. Oh my, how yummy! I just happen to have a few chicken breasts sitting in the fridge that want to be made into this. Thank you so much. BTW, gorgeous photos!

  18. Those look amazing! I haven't cooked with ground chicken yet, but I might have to try it with these!


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