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Panko Chicken Caesar Burgers

Panko Chicken Caesar Burgers. Easy crispy fried panko chicken breasts make the ideal tender and juicy base for these tasty fast-food alternative chicken burgers. Use your own favourite caesar salad dressing or try our very flavourful homemade recipe.

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Panko Chicken Caesar Burgers

I sometimes think the kids like these Panko Chicken Caesar Burgers more than the adults. No doubt, they really do make a delicious family friendly meal.

In either case these tasty burgers make a very quick and easy workday dinner. Use your favourite Caesar salad dressing or make your own, using our recipe Roasted Garlic Caesar Salad Dressing.

Roasted Garlic Caesar Salad Dressing - the easy way using a plain mayo base.

It’s a very flavourful version of Caesar Salad Dressing that I know you’ll love. It also uses mayonnaise as a base, but that can be a low fat or even fat-free mayo. So, it’s a great way to cut some calories out of what is probably my most favourite salad.

These burgers are shallow fried in oil to a fantastically crispy finish. Panko is a terrific way to make chicken breasts super crispy while sealing in the juices inside. 

You can however, make an oven baked version of this recipe if you choose, to reduce the fat content even more. The trick with the oven method is to cook the panko chicken hot and fast.

This ensures the crispiest outside with the high heat, while quickly sealing the juices in the juices inside the meat. Nobody wants a dry chicken burger.

Instruction: Flatten the chicken breasts with a mallet or rolling pin

1. Flatten the chicken breasts with a mallet or rolling pin

 

2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper

2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper

 
3. Coat with flour

3. Coat with flour

4. Dip in egg wash

4. Dip in egg wash

5. Coat with panko crumbs

5. Coat with panko crumbs

6. Shallow fry the chicken breasts

6. Shallow fry the chicken breasts. (Oven method in notes)

7. Cook to a medium golden brown with an internal temperature of 170 degrees F.

7. Cook to a medium golden brown with an internal temperature of 170 degrees F.

Using the oven method

To use the oven method, preheat a cookie sheet in the oven at 425 degrees F. This pre-heating helps to get the chicken started cooking as soon as possible.

Another tip to get the chicken cooking quickly, is not to use the chicken breasts straight from the fridge. This will lengthen the time for the heat to get to the centre of the meat to ensure it is fully cooked. This tip can apply equally to the original shallow fried version.

Panko Chicken Caesar Burgers extreme close up photo of the centre of the burger

Panko Chicken Caesar Burgers

Leave the chicken in the package, or well covered in plastic wrap and leave it to come closer to room temperature about a half hour before the cooking time.

Panko Chicken Caesar Burgers, so easy to prepare.

Prepare and coat  your chicken breasts, exactly the same way as directed in the recipe. 

When they are ready to go in the oven, cover the hot pan in a sheet of parchment paper and brush a little canola oil over the surface of the paper.

Place the coated breasts on the prepared pan and drizzle lightly with a couple of teaspoons of oil. You can also use an oil spray bottle to use as little as possible and to get a very even coating of oil on the surface.

It really doesn’t take much oil at all to get the oven baked breasts crispy.

After 10 minutes in the oven, flip them and bake for another ten minutes. Bake for an additional 10 minutes on the other side and take an internal temperature reading, to make sure they reach about 170 degrees F on a meat thermometer.

If not flip them again and return to the oven for another 5 minutes and test them again. Repeat if necessary, but only quite thick breasts would need more time, in all likelihood.

I think you’ll come to love this homemade version of chicken burgers. They are so far off take out chicken burgers on every level. 

Panko Chicken Caesar Burgers

Panko Chicken Caesar Burgers, 2009 photo.

This recipe was originally published April 2009 and updated March 2020, to include a new printable recipe page, nutritional information and an alternate, oven baked method.

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Yield: 4 chicken burgers

Panko Chicken Caesar Burgers

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Easy Crispy Fried Panko Chicken Breasts make the ideal tender and juicy base for these tasty fast-food alternative chicken burgers.

Ingredients

  • 4 large boneless skinless chicken breasts (6 oz each)
  • 1 egg + 2 tbsp water whisked together to make an egg wash
  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup panko
  • 3/4 cup grated part skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • romaine lettuce
  • Caesar salad dressing
  • 8 strips cooked smoked bacon
  • canola oil for frying
  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns

Instructions

  1. Dip the chicken breasts in flour and then the egg wash, followed by the panko crumbs.
  2. Heat 1/2 inch canola oil in a large skillet over medium low heat and fry the chicken breasts until golden brown. I like to take the internal temperature of the breasts to make sure they hit 185 degrees F to make sure they are fully cooked. If they are getting too brown finish them in a 350 degree F oven until the right temperature is reached.
  3. Top with a mixture of the mozza and parmesan cheese and place under the broiler for a minute to melt the cheese. Toss the romaine lettuce with a little caesar dressing and serve along with the chicken and cooked bacon on toasted kaiser rolls.

Notes

Using the oven method

  1. To use the oven method, preheat a cookie sheet in the oven at 425 degrees F. This pre-heating helps to get the chicken started cooking as soon as possible.
  2. Another tip to get the chicken cooking quickly, is not to use the chicken breasts straight from the fridge. This will lengthen the time for the heat to get to the centre of the meat to ensure it is fully cooked. This tip can apply equally to the original shallow fried version.
  3. Leave the chicken in the package, or well covered in plastic wrap and leave it to come closer to room temperature about a half hour before the cooking time.
  4. Prepare and coat  your chicken breasts, exactly the same way as directed in the recipe. 
  5. When they are ready to go in the oven, cover the hot pan in a sheet of parchment paper and brush a little canola oil over the surface of the paper.
  6. Place the coated breasts on the prepared pan and drizzle lightly with a couple of teaspoons of oil. You can also use an oil spray bottle to use as little as possible and to get a very even coating of oil on the surface.
  7. It really doesn't take much oil at all to get the oven baked breasts crispy.
  8. After 10 minutes in the oven, flip them and bake for another ten minutes. Bake for an additional 10 minutes on the other side and take an internal temperature reading, to make sure they reach about 17) degrees F on a meat thermometer.
  9. If not flip them again and return to the oven for another 5 minutes and test them again. Repeat if necessary, but only quite thick breasts would need more time, in all likelihood.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

4 chicken burgers

Amount Per Serving Calories 687Saturated Fat 9gCholesterol 181mgSodium 1484mgCarbohydrates 40gFiber 3gSugar 5gProtein 60g

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Sallyjojo

Saturday 28th of March 2020

Delicious! Thanks for sharing! Love your recipes, I look forward to my daily email.

Bruce

Sunday 22nd of March 2020

Made them last night and my wife and I really enjoyed them. Excellent!

Rose Cormier

Friday 13th of March 2020

Could I cook there in an air fry? If so what should the temperature be and how long.

Deanna Samaan

Monday 17th of June 2013

This great! I am going to showcase this on my Facebook page, you are welcome anytime to post your photo and post links on it!

Laura

Friday 13th of January 2012

Made these tonight, they were delicious!

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