It may come as a surprise, but there are times when I’m completely satisfied with plain, un-exciting food. Think frozen chicken burgers with frozen green beans. A little horseradish mustard and maybe a pickle on the side and Tuesday night dinner is served.

The Taster on the other hand thinks a meal like that is simply horrifying! (Which is why those meals happen on Tuesday nights when he’s playing BBall) Where is the bun? What are the toppings? He just will not stand for such a minimalist dinner. So I gave him the task of jazzing up those plain old chicken burgers and oh he did just that.

I present – Italian Burgers. Ciabatta bread, fresh mozzarella, fire roasted tomatoes and basil. It was deliciously fresh and so filling. I’m putting him in charge of dinner more often. But not shopping. He’s expensive. ;)

Italian Chicken Burgers – 2 servings

  • 1/2 loaf ciabatta bread
  • 2 chicken burger patties
  • 2 oz fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • 1/3 cup fire roasted antipasto tomatoes (from Whole Foods) or use fresh
  • 4 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped

Prepare the chicken burgers as directed.

Meanwhile warm bread in hot oven until golden brown.

Layer the chicken burger with mozzarella slices, tomato and basil.


18 Comments (Reply )

  1. Julie @SavvyEats
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 8:07 am

    Yummm…. love this flavor profile–very summery!


  2. Estela @ Weekly Bite
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 8:07 am

    Yum! These look delicious! Love all those flavors :)


  3. Dana
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 9:49 am

    There’s a turkey burger at a restaurant that I love that’s just like this… sooo delicious!


  4. michelle {The Lively Kitchen}
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 2:20 pm

    I eat differently when the husband is away, but it seems to be opposite of you. I love curries and random spicy veggie dishes that he won’t touch.

    I’m very impressed with your guy’s kitchen talent!


    • Emily
      Mar 22, 2011 @ 2:25 pm

      Me too. :)
      I should be having Indian food while he’s gone – that is about the only thing that he isn’t a huge fan of!!


  5. Anonymous
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 2:59 pm

    This looks delicious!

    Sometimes we eat pretty simple food too — for me, eggs/toast is a perfect meal at any time of day!


    • Emily
      Mar 22, 2011 @ 8:12 pm

      I could eat eggs all the time too!


  6. sarah (sarah learns)
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

    mmmm, these look delicious! :) i usually eat simple food too though.


  7. Katie@Real Food Katie's Way
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 6:28 pm

    I don’t know why I’ve never thought to put FRESH mozza on a burger! Yum!


  8. Janelle
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 6:39 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever tried a chicken burger. What brand do you buy?


    • Emily
      Mar 22, 2011 @ 7:35 pm

      I picked these up at the coop and they came from a local chicken farmer. I guess I’ve never really seen chicken burgers (other than those) either…always turkey!
      But you could always get ground chicken and just make your own too.


  9. Marnie
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 7:29 pm

    Agh!!!! The boys should make dinner more often! btw… I bought some C.S. Candy Cane Lane tea that was on sale and I’m pretty pleased. A great bedtime tea when I’ve od’d on sleepytime.


  10. Katie@Cozydelicious
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 9:47 pm

    I love simple quick dinners that can pass for real cooking! And I am addicted to those tomatoes from Whole Foods… I put them on everything!


  11. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    Mar 23, 2011 @ 6:29 am

    Wow – he’s got great taste! You should know that not every man can come up with culinary ideas like that one… you’ve got a keeper! :) This truly looks delicious. Simple and delicious.


    • Emily
      Mar 23, 2011 @ 10:53 am

      He does. :) I’m lucky!


  12. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
    Mar 23, 2011 @ 12:57 pm

    This looks fantastic! I bet it would also be great with feta and artichokes.


  13. Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner
    Mar 23, 2011 @ 10:36 pm

    Oh YUM!!!!! You are such a great chef! YUM YUM YUMMY! :D



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