Portuguese chicken burgers

Portuguese chicken burgers



  • 600g chicken thigh fillets
  • 5 burger buns or 1 loaf of Turkish bread, sliced and toasted
  • 3 cups lettuce, shredded
  • 2 large tomatoes, sliced

Chicken marinade

  • 1/4 finely diced onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 and a half  tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried or fresh oregano
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 1/4 tsp piri piri spice mix
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice


  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce



Mix all marinade ingredient together with a mortar and pestle until they becomes a paste (about 3 minutes).

Pound the chicken fillets as flat as you can with a mallet or similar.

Brush on marinade and refrigerate for 30 mins – 1 hour.

Fry chicken in frying pan or on griddle/BBQ until cooked but not too brown.

Combine mayonnaise ingredients in a small bowl.

Toast and butter the buns or turkish bread, add chicken, mayonnaise, tomato and lettuce and serve.


  • These are sooooo good. Really!
  • These Portuguese chicken burgers might be a bit spicy for little kids but you could cut down on the spices to make them more acceptable.
  • These burgers are not only a wonderful, easy, tasty meal but the chicken fillets would even be fantastic chopped up in a salad, or just as is on your BBQ.
  • You can use paprika in place of piri piri spice mix if you can’t find piri piri.
  • This recipe was created by Melissa Klemke for Kidspot, New Zealand’s best recipe finder.

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