Vegan’d to F@$% Chickpea Burgers

Delicious Chickpea Burgers
Delicious Chickpea Burgers

 

Now Vegans Can Part-Take In The Fun
Now Vegans Can Part-Take In The Fun

Life is tough for a Vegan. There are the obvious things like not being able to eat steak, pulled pork sandwiches, cheese, ice-cream and most chocolate (they can’t even buy Easter eggs without remortgaging their homes first.) Then there are the even tougher things: the social exclusion and ridicule. Be honest, have you ever met a vegan and inwardly not rolled your eyes (what kind of person forgoes carrot cake and other such delights out of choice?!) The everyday persecution of vegans is getting worse.

However I know one vegan who is wearing her vegan stripes with pride, cooking up all sorts of meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free dishes without a care in the world. She veganifies my recipes where possible and updates me as to her progress, however I don’t want her to struggle with her recipe recalibrations any longer. This juicy bad-boy burger is just for her and there is not a crumb of meat, cheese or egg in sight! But don’t get jealous and let the vegans have all the fun, try this out for yourself and enjoy a dinner that is “Vegan’d to F@$%”!

Vegan'd to F**k Chickpea Burgers
Vegan’d to F**k Chickpea Burgers

Ingredients:

Chickpea burger ingredients:

2 cans chickpeas

3 tbsp olive oil

3 Cloves of garlic crushed

1 bunch spring onions finely chopped

1 tsp cumin

Salt & pepper

Burger Fillings

Burger buns

Avocado sliced

Tomato sliced

Mixed leaves

Tomato relish

1. Through all chickpea burger ingredients into a blender and whizz until just combined and some of the chickpeas are still whole to allow for a bit of texture and bite. Its best to add the oil after whizzing as you may need more or less, you want the texture to be sticky and slightly rough… Definitely not smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

2. Form the chickpea mix into patties by hand and dust with a little flour. They will be delicate so use a fish slice or flipper to move it from workspace to pan without them breaking.

3. Fry the patties in a little oil until golden on both sides.

4. Toast the buns and smear with relish (or a mint yoghurt is heaven… if you’re not vegan of course!), the cooked burgers, sliced tomato, sliced avocado and salad leaves. Enjoy!

Whizz Up All Burger Ingredients
Whizz Up All Burger Ingredients
Form Into Patties
Form Into Patties
Fry Until Golden On Both Sides
Fry Until Golden On Both Sides
Enjoy
Enjoy

 

Finger Lickin’ Honey Mustard Chicken Dippers

Honey Mustard Chicken Dippers
Honey Mustard Chicken Dippers
Finger Lickin' Chicken
Finger Lickin’ Chicken
Honey Mustard Chicken Goujons
Honey Mustard Chicken Goujons

Chicken dippers have a bad rep, and for a fair reason. They usually come in a cardboard box, they’re processed, unhealthy and the actual meat content is pretty questionable. I don’t eat much chicken at all, I certainly never order it when I’m out in a restaurant, and rarely buy it for dinners during the week. It’s all a result of watching a pretty nasty documentary on chicken farming a few years ago that gave me the heebie jeebies. However, I feel like I should start eating it more and reintroduce it to my diet (if even only to help ween me off my pulled pork addiction which definitely isn’t healthy either). I always buy chicken that is free-range, and sometimes organic if I’m feeling flash, which helps me forget aforementioned documentary… Shudder.

The other thing that puts me off chicken is that it’s usually so boring and bland. So my mission for the next month is to make more chicken dishes and shake it up a little to shrug of my weird preconceptions.

This chicken dish is really yummy and so tasty. As far as chicken dippers go they’re about as good as they’re going to get, you could always use gluten free flour or breadcrumbs if you’re coeliac. The honey mustard sauce gives a nice kick as well. This is a fuss free recipe that feels a little naughty, but is still kind of nice. Give this a shot and let me know what you think!

Posh Chicken Dippers
Posh Chicken Dippers
Chicken Goujons with Delicous Honey Mustard Sauce
Chicken Goujons with Delicous Honey Mustard Sauce

Ingredients (serves 2)

Chicken dippers:

2 chicken breasts

1/2 cup flour

salt & pepper

breadcrumbs

Zest of 1 lemon

egg

Sauce:

4 tbsp natural or Greek yoghurt

1 tsp dijon mustard

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp wholegrain mustard (optional)

  1. Assemble your dipping line in three separate bowls. In the first bowl mix in the flour and a generous seasoning of salt and pepper. In the second bowl beat and egg. In the third bowl mix the breadcrumbs and lemon zest.
  2. Slice the chicken into strips/fingers and dip them in the flour, the egg and then the breadcrumbs.
  3. Fry on a medium high heat in about 2 tbsp of oil (I used coconut but whatever you have is fine). They will take about 5 minutes on each side, maybe a little more depending on thickness. There should be no pinkness in the middle whatsoever when they’re cooked.
  4. Mix all of the sauce ingredients together in a bowl and serve with the dippers.
Zesty Chicken Dipper Breading
Zesty Chicken Dipper Breading
Start Dipping Your Chicken Strips In Flour, Egg and Breadcrumbs
Start Dipping Your Chicken Strips In Flour, Egg and Breadcrumbs
Fry Until Crispy, Golden and Cooked Through
Fry Until Crispy, Golden and Cooked Through
Enjoy These Honey Mustard Chicken Goujons
Enjoy These Honey Mustard Chicken Goujons