Smoky chipotle chicken burgers with pickled fennel

Smoky chipotle chicken burgers with pickled fennel

Sweet, sour and crunchy pickled fennel complements the smokiness of the chicken marinade perfectly in these burgers. Serve in brioche buns with chips on the side for a Friday night family supper.

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  • Serves4
  • CourseLunch
  • Prepare20 mins
  • Cook15 mins
  • Total time35 mins
  • Plusmarinating

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  • 1 large bulb fennel, trimmed and finely sliced (a mandoline is ideal)
  • 3 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tsp salt

For the burgers

  • 480g pack Essential British chicken Thigh Fillets, trimmed of excess fat
  • 5 tbsp Sauce Shop Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce, plus extra to serve (optional)
  • Vegetable oil
  • 4 pack brioche burger buns, split
  • 4 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 4 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1 little gem lettuce, leaves separated
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • Chips, to serve


  1. Put the chicken between 2 sheets of baking parchment and gently bash any thicker bits with a meat tenderiser or rolling pin so they’re the same thickness. Toss in a mixing bowl with the barbecue sauce, then cover and leave for at least 30 minutes, or chill for up to 24 hours.

  2. Toss the fennel, vinegar, sugar and salt together, then set aside for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened and lightly pickled. Drain and squeeze to get rid of excess pickling liquid.

  3. Heat the grill to high. Line a baking tray with foil and lightly oil it. Lay the chicken out (discard any excess sauce), then grill for 7-8 minutes on each side, or until blackened around the edges and cooked through, with no pink meat and juices that run clear. If the chicken splutters and smokes under the grill, move it a shelf lower and carry on cooking.

  4. Toast the buns on the cut side, if liked, then spread 1 tbsp mayonnaise and 1 tsp mustard over each base. Layer with some lettuce, tomato slices, a chicken thigh and some pickled fennel. Serve with extra barbecue sauce if liked, some chips and leftover pickled fennel on the side.


Typical values per (without chips) when made using specific products in recipe


2,256kJ/ 539kcals



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