Earlier this week, I found myself needing a quick to make meal for when I come back from work. As I always go to the gym after work, I prefer to have something that takes no more than 30 minutes from prep to table. As I was looking for ideas, I stumbled upon this BBCGoodFood recipe which I’ve adapted slightly. The original recipe also includes polenta chips to go with the burgers, but I served them with some fresh salad on the side.

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Italian style chicken burgers

Chicken Burger 2

Serves 4 | Prep 5 mins | Cook 15 mins

You’ll need:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil;
  • 2 chicken breasts;
  • 25g dried breadcrumbs;
  • 25g parmesan;
  • 125g ball mozzarella;
  • 4 cook at home ciabatta buns;
  • 2-3 tbsp pesto;
  • sundried tomatoes, salad leaves, roasted red peppers, to serve.

Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Cut each chicken breast in half making four thinner fillets, then rub all over with oil and season. Spread the breadcrumbs and Parmesan out on a plate, mix well, then dip in the chicken to coat.

Place the chicken on a baking sheet and cook for 10-12 mins until just crisp and cooked through. Meanwhile, cook the ciabatta buns as per pack instructions (usually around 8 mins). Place a mozzarella slice on top and return to the oven until starting to melt. Pile the burgers onto the buns with some salad leaves, sundried tomatoes, roasted red pepper and a dollop of pesto. Serve with a fresh side salad.

Adapted recipe from a BBC Good Food, available online here.