Chicken Burgers with Spicy Peanut Sauce
© David De Vleeschauwer

Chicken Burgers with Spicy Peanut Sauce

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  1. 1 1/4 pounds ground chicken
  2. 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons very finely chopped red onion
  3. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for brushing
  4. 2 teaspoons chile powder
  5. Salt
  6. 1 teaspoon garam masala
  7. 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  8. 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  9. 2 tablespoons hot water
  10. 2 tablespoons chopped salted peanuts
  11. 4 round ciabatta rolls, split and toasted
  12. Lettuce, for serving
  1. In a medium bowl, combine the ground chicken with 1/4 cup of the chopped onion, 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil, 1 teaspoon of the chile powder, 1 teaspoon of salt and the garam masala. Using slightly moistened hands, form the ground-chicken mixture into four 4-inch patties.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of chopped onion and 1 teaspoon of chile powder and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Add the coconut milk and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and whisk in the peanut butter and hot water. Stir in the peanuts and season the sauce lightly with salt.
  3. Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Brush the chicken burgers with vegetable oil and grill over moderately high heat, turning once, until they are golden and crusty and just cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Spread the peanut sauce on the rolls. Top with the burgers and lettuce, close and serve.

Suggested Pairing

A rich, vibrant Chardonnay.