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Part 6 Healthy Cheap Eats
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By MyBudget Editor

MyBudget $20 for 4 Cheap Eats: Healthy Grilled Chicken Burger recipe

Looking for a cheap eat the whole family will love? Versatile and delicious, it’s hard to say no to a freshly grilled chicken burger! Great on any budget and one of our firm favourites at MyBudget. We’ve also thrown in a few suggestions below to make this meal even healthier!

Budget tip: Save even more by buying chicken thigh cuts!

Ingredients:

Seasoning

  • Flour (⅓ cup). This could be made optional if you want to minimise the calories, or try alternatives like dukkah, almond flour or chickpea flour which have more nutrients.
  • Paprika (¾ tsp)
  • Thyme (1 tsp)
  • Garlic powder (½ tsp)
  • Onion powder (½ tsp)
  • Salt & pepper
  • Optional, if you like spicy food add: Chilli powder (1 tsp)

Burgers

  • Chicken breasts (2x, filleted horizontally into 4x thin pieces) 
  • Bacon (4x rashers)
  • Brown onion (1x, sliced)
  • Avocado (1x)
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes (2x)
  • Olive oil
  • Burger rolls (4x, cut in half horizontally)

Try these healthy alternative swaps instead of burger buns:
Lettuce wraps, portobello mushroom ‘buns’, or, grilled slices of sweet potato, zucchini, or eggplant!

Recipe guide:

  • Mix seasoning on a plate or flat dish and coat the chicken fillets evenly, shake off any excess seasoning and then place the coated chicken in the fridge.
  • Heat a small amount of olive oil in a pan and cook the bacon and onions together. Set aside the bacon when it is slightly crispy.
  • In the same pan, add a little bit more oil and set to high heat. Once pan is really hot, add the chicken fillets and sear each side until sealed, this will take about 5 minutes. 
  • Cover the pan and set to low. Let each side cook for another 5-10 minutes (depending on how thick the fillets are) until the chicken is cooked through and golden brown. Chicken should be juicy and not dried out!
  • Time to serve!
  • Optional: Toast the burger buns in the oven until warm and still soft.
  • Use avocado as a butter replacement on the burger buns, and garnish with bacon, lettuce, tomato and onions. 
  • Optional: Add sauce of your choice such as mayo, chilli sauce or BBQ sauce. But remember, if you’re trying to be healthy, sauces are pretty high in calories!
  • Enjoy!
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