I was first attracted to it because it's a recipe that Emeril claims to make with his kids, and it sounded pretty innocuous (ie: my kids might actually eat it). As always, I made some changes, but the results were fantastic!!
Emeril's Chicken Patty Pockets
1 lb. ground dark meat chicken (I bought ground chicken, and just assumed it was a mix)
2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
1/2 cup plain dried breadcrumbs (I used Panko, as it was all I had)
1/4 cup finely chopped onion (This seemed like A LOT of onion)
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 Tbs. minced garlic
1 tsp. coarse salt
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. ground coriander
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 Tbs. olive oil
Pita pockets + lettuce, tomato, cucumber
Minted Yogurt Sauce (forget this, I have a GREAT Tzatziki recipe for ya)
1. Heat broiler, with rack in highest position. In a large bowl, combine chicken, egg whites, breadcrumbs, onion, parsley, garlic, salt & spices, and mix until well blended. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and drizzle with 1 Tbs. oil (NO! Don't do that! Save the calories!). Divide chicken mixture into 8 portions and place on sheet. Shape each into an oval patty and use your hand to flatten slightly. Drizzle 1 Tbs. oil over patties (Again with the oil! Wouldn't you rather have dessert??)
2. Broil until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Flip and cook until cooked through, about 4 minutes more. Serve in pita pockets, with lettuce, tomato, cucumbers, and Minted Yogurt Sauce, if desired.
Amy's Tzatziki Sauce
1 8 oz container Fage 0% Greek Yogurt
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded & diced
3-4 Tbs. fresh mint leaves, minced
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
Salt & Pepper to taste
Mix the above & serve with the chicken patty pockets. Also delicious as a dip for pita or veggies.
One patty in 1/2 a wheat pita with veggies & sauce, comes out to about 210 calories!
PS - The healthy living statements are in caps because I always picture them being said by Chris Farley as Matt Foley, Motivational Speaker. Just a little Tuesday Madness.