Chicken Burgers and Brioche Buns

Hey guys!

Today is an exciting day as we are covering Brioche buns, Burger Slaw, Chicken Breast and the vegetables and sauces that go with them.

Ryan and I have been trying to be healthier people, which is hard because we love fast food burgers. This will hopefully be a healthier version of one of our favourite cheat meals. That being said, I don’t think any non-fried chicken can replace fried chicken, but maybe we’ll love this anyways.

This makes 4 burgers.

Brioche Buns

Eva Blakeman – Brioche Buns

Ingredients

Dough

  • 1 cup milk (warm)
  • 1/4 cup water (warm)
  • 1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 3 tsp sugar
  • 3 1/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 egg

Wash

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp whipping cream
Eva Blakeman – Toasted Brioche Buns

Directions

  1. Add milk, water, yeast and 1 tsp sugar together, mix quickly and let sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Mix flour, salt, 2 tsp sugar, egg and butter together in a large bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer. (If using a stand mixer, use the dough hook. If mixing by hand, wooden spoon is best).
  3. Add yeast mixture slowly into flour mixture while stirring (stand mixer on 1 or low).
  4. Knead by hand in the bowl or by mixer for 9 minutes.
  5. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow to rise 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  6. Cut the dough into 8 equal pieces and pull dough into taunt balls, placing on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper with the seams down.
  7. Preheat oven to 400F.
  8. Place baking sheet on top of oven . Cover baking sheet with plastic and rest 1 hour or until noticeable rise has occurred.
  9. Beat the egg yolk and cream together and brush over dough balls liberally.
  10. Bake dough for 30 minutes. Cool to room temperature on rack before storing.

Burger Slaw

Ingredients

  • 1/2 head of iceberg lettuce
  • 1 1/2 carrots
  • 2 tbsp mayonaise
  • 1 tbsp ground mustard seed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground peppercorn
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp mustard

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients except for the lettuce and carrots together in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk together until light and creamy.
  3. Chop lettuce into thin pieces (1/4 inch or thinner). Grate carrots to be thin. Chop pieces to be shorter than 2 inches.
  4. Mix all ingredients together and serve either on the side or in a chicken burger.

Chicken Breast

Eva Blakeman – Chicken Burgers

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 cups of water
  • 3 tbsp salt
  • 3 tbsp chipotle hot sauce (or 2 tbsp olive oil if you don’t want spice)
  • 4 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp crushed red pepper
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Directions

  1. Brine your chicken breast in 2 cups of room temperature water with 3 tbsp of salt in it. Let this sit at least 15 min, up to an hour.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 425F.
  3. Pat your chicken breasts dry and cut them in half.
  4. Mix all dry ingredients together in a small bowl.
  5. Coat your chicken in either hot sauce or oil.
  6. Rub your dry spice mix onto the breasts then place onto a baking sheet covered in aluminium foil that is lightly greased with olive oil.
  7. Bake 20 min, turning over halfway.
  8. Let the chicken rest at least 5 minutes before serving.

I supplemented my burger with slaw and onion where Ryan chose to use a chipotle burger sauce and tomato, eating his slaw on the side. I love this kind of food even though I can’t eat it often. I hope you liked this and if you try any part of the recipe I would love to know what you thought of it.

Now for those who aren’t just here for the recipe!

Ryan’s very eloquent and long winded rating of this dinner was, “it was good”. This does not sound like high praise, but from him it is. He never seems shocked when I make something new because according to him he has “absolute faith” in me. Which is nice to hear but when I realized he actually meant it I realized he would likely never gush over my cooking, because to him that’s normal quality from me. It’s nice, but also, I would like to hear him get excited over new foods and skills I work on.

Ryan and I have both been trying really hard to better ourselves this year, both mentally and physically. We aren’t perfect and sometimes we break down and eat Dairy Queen on the floor of our living room like animals. But in general we try to make our own food and eat with the intent of feeding ourselves, not treating ourselves.

I make bread a couple times a week because Ryan eats bread for breakfast. This is great because I get to bake and he gets a homemade breakfast. His job required him to be on his feet walking all day, so he can afford those early morning calories. I on the other hand, cannot afford bread calories on the daily, so I generally have a lot of broths early in the day to get something in my stomach without the calories.