Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Chicken Parmesan Burgers


4square ciabatta rolls
2 garlic cloves halved
1 pound ground chicken
2/3 cup (plus extra for serving) marinara sauce
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary**
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme**
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Cooking spray
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
8 basil leaves (if you have it)

**you need the herbs or there won't be as much flavor


1. Preheat broiler.
2. Cut rolls in half. Place bread, cut side up, on a baking sheet. Broil for 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove bread from pan. Rub each slice with cut side of garlic. Set aside.
3. Preheat oven to 375°.
4. Combine chicken, 2/3 cup marinara, rosemary, thyme, red pepper, salt, and black pepper. Divide into 4 portions, shaping each into a 1/4-inch-thick patty. Heat an ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add patties to pan; cook for 3 minutes. Turn patties, and place pan in oven. Bake at 375° for 8 minutes. Top each patty with 2 tablespoons cheese; bake 1 minute.
5. Layer bottom half of each roll with 2 basil leaves, 1 patty, 1 tablespoon marinara, and roll top.

NOTE... The chicken mixture is VERY mushy, but the sauce keeps it very moist. Just try to keep the patties together the best you can while cooking. It's worth the effort.

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