Monday, July 30, 2012

Homemade Chicken Patties (Freezer Sandwich Friendly!)

I'm always on the hunt for lunch ideas and any lunch idea that can go in the freezer is even better! This is a homemade chicken patty, most similar in the texture to these big guys. 

We tried quite few variations of this sandwich: mayo and pickles (Chick-fil-A copycat), barbecue sauce and red onions, loaded with lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles and mayo, and the freezer version with cheese were all well received.

Next time I would reduce the carrots or just remove them. They did not change the taste, but visually I didn't like looking at the orange flecks. Personal preference. My husband noticed the flecks and asked about them, but didn't really care. Maybe some dried parsley flakes would be OK next time.

Chicken Patty Sandwiches
recipe adapted from Heavenly Homemakers
Makes: about 30 smallish patties

3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
 (about 1.5 to 2 pounds)
2 cloves of garlic or 1 teaspoon garlic powder

3/4 cup shredded carrots
1 medium onion, chopped
 (I used a red onion and the flecks were visible)
6 eggs

Salt to taste
Oil to fry the patties in (I used canola oil)
Buns for each patty

In a food processor, grind raw chicken, carrots, and onions together. Add eggs and salt, blending all ingredients together well. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the mixture (I used an ice cream scoop, then flattened them out a bit) into hot oil, frying on both sides for about 4-5 minutes each, or until chicken is cooked thoroughly.

Serve warm.

To make Freezer Chicken Sandwiches:
Let the patties cool. Spilt buns, and coat the insides with either mayo or butter. (This creates a protective barrier so the sandwiches aren't soggy after freezing/thawing)

Fill each bun with a patty, top with cheese (optional), wrap with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and freeze in a large zip top bag.

To reheat in the microwave, remove from plastic wrap or foil and microwave for 1 - 1 1/2 minutes. To reheat in the toaster oven (my preferred method), place a straight-from-the-freezer sandwich wrapped in foil in the toaster oven set at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until the insides of the chicken patty are warmed through.

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