Try these crispy chicken burgers once and they'll quickly become one of your go-to meals. Coat chicken thighs with lots of yummy herbs and spices and super crispy panko breadcrumbs, and either pan fry or air fry. Sandwich with a few toppings in a fresh brioche bun and they're done. It's an unbelievably tasty and easy 30-minute meal!
Put the flour, egg and panko crumbs in 3 separate bowls.
Add all the spices and herbs to the panko crumbs and mix well.
Fold out each chicken thigh so it's mostly flat. Grind over plenty of salt and pepper.
Press each chicken thigh first in the flour, then in the egg, then in the crumbs. Use one hand to dip in the flour and egg, and the other hand to press into the crumbs.
Air frying the chicken (If pan frying, see below)
Preheat the air fryer to 390F/200C for 3 minutes. Spray the bottom of the air fryer basket lightly with oil. Put the chicken in the air fryer basket (it's OK if it overlaps slightly) and spray the chicken lightly with oil.
Air fry for 8 minutes. Turn the chicken over and spray lightly with oil again. Air fry for another 7 minutes. At this point the chicken might be golden and crispy, or it might need another 5 minutes (it depends on your particular air fryer). In my air fryer I usually cook for another 5 minutes (so 20 minutes in total).
Pan frying the chicken (if air frying, see above)
Heat up about 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large frying pan. When the oil is quite hot, add the chicken.
Let cook for about 5 minutes without moving the chicken. Turn chicken over and turn down the heat to medium. Cook for about another 10 minutes or until golden and crispy on both sides.
Assembling the burger
Lightly toast the burger buns.
Spread 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise on each burger half (top and bottom).
Put one crispy chicken thigh on top of each burger bottom.
Top each chicken thigh with a handful of lettuce and a sundried tomato. Put the tops on the buns and serve immediately.
Please note that the nutritional info depends a lot on the size of the chicken thighs used and also the size of the brioche buns. I use small(ish) ones so the calorie content may be lower than what's shown here. I have also excluded any cooking oil as the extra calories will depend on whether you air fry or pan fry.
Can you bake the chicken instead of air frying or pan frying?
You can, but I find it doesn't get as crispy as if you air fry it or pan fry it. You can lightly toast the panko crumbs in a pan and then crumb the chicken if you like which will make it crispier when baked.
Can you use chicken breasts?
Yes, no problem. Cooking time is the same!Alternatively you can 'double crumb' the chicken. Just dip it in the flour, egg and crumbs twice instead of the usual once. Lightly spray with oil on both sides and bake on a baking tray with a wire rack on the top.