Monday, January 07, 2008

A rare recipe using ground chicken
--Chicken Patties on Croissants

Chicken Patties on Croissants
Better Homes and Gardens Chicken Cooking For Today Copyright 1993

1 beaten egg
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1/2 cup finely chopped green sweet pepper
1/3 cup fine dry seasoned bread crumbs
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1 tablespoon snipped parsley
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 pound ground raw chicken
2 tablespoons cooking oil
4 croissants, split lengthwise I used large crescent rolls
1/2 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
1 tablespoon finely chopped green onion
1 teaspoon snipped parsley
1/8 teaspoon dried tarragon, crushed
Dash pepper
4 lettuce leaves
1 large tomato, sliced

1. For tarragon sauce, in small bowl combine mayonnaise or salad dressing, green onion, the 1 teaspoon snipped parsley, tarragon, and pepper. Stir to mix. Cover and chill until serving time.

2. In medium mixing bowl combine egg, celery, green sweet pepper, bread crumbs, onion, the 1 tablespoon snipped parsley, Worcestershire sauce, and salt. Add chicken; mix lightly but well. Shape into four 4-inch oval patties. I made 6.

3. In large skillet cook chicken patties in hot oil over medium heat for 10 to 12 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in side of patty registers 165 degrees F, turning once. Spread each cut side of croissants with some of the tarragon sauce. Arrange a lettuce leaf and a chicken patty on bottom half of each croissant. Top each with additional tarragon sauce and croissant top. Serve with tomato slices. Makes 4 sandwiches.

I had one dinner left up in the air when I went grocery shopping last week. I was running low on meat in the freezer so I decided to see if there was anything on sale that caught my eye. The ground chicken was under $1.80/lb so I grabbed some. The problem though was that you don't see a lot of recipes that specifically call for ground chicken so I was just going to make Russian-Style Chicken Cutlets until I decided to spend a few minutes looking for a different recipe and I came across this one.

Unfortunately croissants aren't easily found around here so I decided on the large-sized crescent rolls but really you could use just about any roll for these. I would definitely make these again. I have to make these again - I was really, really looking forward to having the leftovers for lunch but there were none! My husband ate four of these! He didn't eat them with the crescent rolls but still. My son wasn't really into them - too much 'green' I think. I was a little worried about the green pepper myself since it can be overpowering but it wasn't. Red bell pepper might be milder and add some interesting color.

Why don't you see more recipes for ground chicken? Ground meat is all somewhat interchangeable but they do have different flavors. This recipe wouldn't be the same with turkey or beef. It would probably still be good but it would be very different, tastewise.

I'm so angry with Amazon right now I can't even think straight. The decorated cookies I ordered for my son to take to school on his birthday were 'lost' (never sent is more likely the case) so now I have nothing special for him to take. Homemade treats are not allowed and bakery cupcakes are cross-contaminated with peanuts. I'm not having him eat a different treat on his own birthday! There are other things he can bring but nothing cute or special. How is it the only important item I ever ordered from Amazon was the one they screwed up? I ordered the cookies before Christmas and they were in stock.

Blast From The Past: Light Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs from March 2007. I freestyled some turkey meatballs last night, that we'll eat tonight. I think ground turkey works better in meatballs than ground beef.

Question of the Day: Have you used ground chicken in any recipes? I can't think of anything besides the Russian-Style cutlets right now.


Red Dirt Mummy said...

I've got a bundle of ground chicken (we call it chicken mince) recipes - chicken and leek roll (kinda like a meatloaf wrapped in puff pastry), a chicken pie, and chicken, fetta and prosciutto sausages are just a few. I know the first and last ones are on my blog if you want to check them out.

Also, I'm just catching up on all the news after arriving home from holidays... CONGRATS!!! Hope you are feeling well and that the tiredeness is easing.

ThursdayNext said...

I usually use ground chicken in the summertime to bbq chicken burgers - I combine peppers and onions and add a little bbq sauce to the mixture and then form patties. :)

Bunny_lover said...

I have used it to make sloppy joes & tacos. I tend to season it a bit more than ground beef.

Kim said...

I bought two pounds of ground chicken breast just the other day on sale. I used 1 lb. of it this weekend to make chili. I usually use ground turkey breast, but the ground chicken worked just fine. I ended up adding just a touch more cumin and chili powder and an extra diced onion, but other than that, no changes to the recipe.

I think that any recipe calling for ground turkey would be fine made with ground chicken.

Carla said...

I have seen quite a number of Rachael Ray's recipes using ground chicken. The one I have made that sticks out to me at the moment is the chicken parmigano subs(I think I may have blogged it in the past, so recipe is on my blog). Other than that I know she has a number of recipes, can't call them to mind. Good stuff though, isn't it?

Anonymous said...

I've only used ground turkey. That was for meatballs and meat loaf. My family just doesn't like it though, so I haven't been using it lately. I wonder if they would mind ground chicken. Does it taste the same?


Randi said...

I made a chicken pie for the seniors and they really liked it. The original recipe called for ground beef, but I subbed out the chicken cause I got it for .99lb. I also made wolfgang pucks chicken bolognese sauce. That was very good and it specifically calls for ground chicken.

The Cookbook Junkie said...


I think it has a slightly different taste. It's lighter than the turkey. I'm not sure if you're family would like it if they don't like ground turkey.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That looks scrumptious! As a matter of fact, I don't really use ground chicken very often...



Anonymous said...

I just realized that I've never cooked wth ground chicken! I do have two recipes which have you grind chicken yourself, one for Chicken and Apple Sausage (delicious!!!) and one I haven't tried yet for Chicken Bratwurst. From The Mixer Bible, 1st ed.