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  • Quick
  • Easy
  • Serves 4
  • 15 mins prep
  • 10 mins cook
  • 30 mins marinate

Portuguese chicken burger

Portuguese chicken burger

Featuring mouthwatering piri piri sauce, this budget-friendly Portuguese chicken burger packs a flavour punch


  • 4 large chicken thigh fillets
  • 1/3 cup piri piri sauce
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 1 beetroot, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup aioli
  • 2 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 4 burger buns, halved
  • 4 slices mozzarella
  • lettuce leaves, oven-baked chips to serve


  1. In a bowl, combine chicken and sauce. Cover and chill for 30 minutes.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat vinegar, water, sugar and mustards on high, stirring until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil. Place zucchini and beetroot in separate heat-proof bowls. Divide hot liquid between them. Chill for 15 minutes.
  3. In a small jug, combine aioli and parsley, then keep chilled until ready to serve.
  4. Preheat a char-grill pan on medium. Char-grill halved burger buns for 1 minute until grill marks appear. Set aside.
  5. Char-grill chicken for 3-4 minutes each side until cooked through. Place cheese slices on top of each, then cook for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Spread herb aioli over buns and assemble burger with lettuce and pickled vegetables. Serve with chips.
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