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Chef John's Chicken Satay Burger  Recipe
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Chef John's Chicken Satay Burger
Turn what’s typically spicy meat-on-a-stick into tasty burger patties. See more
  • READY IN 35 mins

Chef John's Chicken Satay Burger

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"I love chicken satay, that spicy meat on a stick, marinated and grilled and served with a peanut sauce. I tried to get that same effect with a chicken burger."

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Original recipe makes 4 sandwiches Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    35 mins


  1. Combine peanut butter, lime juice, and 1 teaspoon Asian chile pepper sauce in a small bowl; stir until thoroughly combined.
  2. Mix carrot, cucumber, and jalapeno pepper in a bowl; stir in fish sauce and rice vinegar. Set aside.
  3. Mix garlic, coconut milk, cumin, turmeric, and 1 teaspoon Asian chile pepper sauce in a bowl. Add bread crumbs and soy sauce to the mixture. Stir in ground chicken and basil until thoroughly combined. Mixture will be soft.
  4. Break off a small piece of chicken mixture and fry in a nonstick skillet over medium heat until chicken is browned and no longer pink. Taste the little cooked piece and season the raw chicken mixture to taste with salt and cayenne pepper. Do not eat raw chicken mix.
  5. Spoon 1/4 the chicken mixture into skillet, forming it into a patty shape, and cook until bottom of patty is browned, about 5 minutes. Flip patty and cook until other side is browned and chicken mixture is no longer pink inside, about 5 more minutes. Repeat with remaining chicken to make 3 more patties.
  6. Spread about 1 teaspoon of peanut spread onto each bun half; top bun bottoms with a chicken patty, about 1/4 cup of the carrot slaw, and 1 tablespoon of cilantro leaves. Place tops of buns on burgers to serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 04, 2014

I make lunch for my aging father 2-3 times a week. I try something new each time to keep him interested in eating. My father isn't very verbal so I don't expect much thanks although I know deep down he appreciates my effort. With that being said, I dropped this meal off and left to do errands. Imagine my surprise when I returned to find a hand-written note from Dad telling me it was "Very good baby girl!" (yes it had an exclamation point) I didn't change a thing and now every other Saturday is now known as "Satay Saturday" per my Dad's request. Thanks Chef John.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 20, 2014

I used ground turkey instead of ground chicken, but I don't feel that made much difference in the finished product. I felt the flavors just weren't there. If a recipe has 19-20 ingredients, you would expect it to have more flavors than this one. I even added the extra salt and cayenne pepper! Actually, there are times when too many ingredients mask one another...I think this may have been the case with these burgers, the slaw and the peanut spread. It didn't taste anything like satay, which I love. Not planning to make this one again. Sorry Chef John. :-(

Feb 04, 2014

These burgers were delicious. I ate mine as lettuce wraps! They did remind me of chicken satay which I happen to love. I added red onion to my slaw, used chunky peanut butter and did add some salt. I love most of chef johns recipes and this one is a keeper!

Jul 13, 2014

These burgers are a delicious, healthier version of comfort food. I used 1/2 ground chicken and 1/2 ground turkey to decrease the cost. I also added an egg to bind the meat mixture. I needed a side dish, so I searched allrecipes and found Asian Cucumber and Peanut Salad (submitted by tammyn316). The two dishes paired perfectly!

Feb 25, 2014

These burgers were delicious. Make the peanut sauce just before serving as a chemical reaction occurs and the spread got very thick and was quite difficult to spread, but still tasted great. I didn't add any extra salt as the soy sauce was sufficient.

Sep 03, 2014

Made exactly as written and it was delicious!

Aug 05, 2014

Very well received by my family. The cucumber/carrot relish is the best part - don't skip the fish sauce! Followed the recipe except: used purchased peanut sauce, which I already had on hand, and added thinly sliced green onions and some extra chopped jalapeno and cilantro to the ground chicken (in place of the basil).

Jul 20, 2014

Mid-way through his first bite, my husband mumbled "10". This is a vey tasty creation! Thanks Chef John!


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  • Calories
  • 330 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 28.2 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 66 mg
  • 22%
  • Fat
  • 8.9 g
  • 14%
  • Fiber
  • 2.4 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 33.6 g
  • 67%
  • Sodium
  • 773 mg
  • 31%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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