Oh how I love fall flavors. They're both warm and inviting; hearty and satisfying; sweet and savory. These Chicken Apple Patties are that & more, the perfect little roundup of all things fall. They're a homemade versions of sausage patties. I got the idea from PaleoHacks and, to be honest, I was a bit intimidated by it. I'm comfortable working with raw meats, but for some reason the idea of grinding up whole chicken breasts myself seemed outside my comfort zone. I've heard some icky stuff about the nutritional content of commercial ground chicken though, so I bit the bullet and gave it a go. Boy am I glad I did because these came out awesome!
The idea was simple: Real ingredients all ground up and cooked into convenient little patties. Perfect for a protein punch at snack time or a great alternative when eggs get boring morning after morning. They're a little sweet and the perfect amount savory stuffed with flavorful herbs & in-season apples. The best thing is, you probably have all the ingredients you need already!
Homemade Chicken Apple Patties
cooks 8-10 patties
- 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
- 2 small gala apples, peeled & chopped
- 1/4 onion, diced
- salt & crushed black pepper to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
- dash of nutmeg & cinnamon
- 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken
- 1 egg
- dash salt
- coconut oil for cooking
In a large pan or skillet, heat the coconut oil and add the apple, onion, salt & pepper, rosemary, thyme, fennel, nutmeg, & cinnamon. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until apples & onions are tender. (if you want to really up the flavor of these patties, caramelize your onions first!)
While the apple mix is cooking, place the chicken in a food processor and pulse until ground. Add in the egg and apple mixture and pulse until incorporated.
Heat some more coconut oil in the same pan your used for the onions and apples. Scoop balls of the chicken mixture out (roughly the size of a golfball) and drop into the pan. Lightly flatten the tops to form the patties and sprinkle with just a dash more of salt. Cook for 4 minutes per side or until golden brown and cooked through. Continue until all your chicken has been patty-fied.
Give these a go, seriously. I even used them to top my Fall Harvest Salad (recipe coming soon) last night. This is real, whole food.