Well if there is one thing for sure…summer is definitely on its way! With temperatures up in the high 30’s yesterday I could think of nothing worse than slaving away in a hot, sweaty kitchen for hours to whip something up for my parents who just happened to be passing through town! As it turns out, this little recipe creation turned out to be the perfect solution to my dilemma!
Fast, fresh and super healthy, these Thai Chicken and Quinoa Cakes can be whipped up in less than 30 minutes and require minimal cooking time, keeping the heat out of the kitchen and essentially making them the perfect choice for these balmy (almost) summer nights! Not only are they ridiculously easy to make, but they are also gluten free, packed full of high quality lean protein and loads of veggies to further boost their nutrient profile and fibre content.
Thai Chicken and Quinoa Cakes with Sweet Chilli Salsa
(Serves 4 people)
What you need..
– 500g chicken breast, roughly chopped
– 1 large carrot, grated
– 1 large zucchini, grated
– 1 egg, whisked
– large handful coriander, chopped
– 4 kaffir lime leaves, finely chopped
– 1 clove garlic, minced
– 1 tsp ginger, grated
– 1.5 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
– 3/4 cup quinoa, cooked and drained
– extra chilli flakes or fresh chilli (if desired)
– sesame seeds for rolling
For the salsa:
– 1/2 lebanese cucumber, diced
– 1/2 red onion, diced
– 1 tbsp sweet chill sauce
– handful coriander, chopped
– juice of 1 lime
– 2 tsp fish sauce
What to do…
Throw all the ingredients for the chicken and quinoa cakes, other than the quinoa and sesame seeds into a food processor and blend until well combined. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and stir through the cooked quinoa. Place in the fridge until ready to roll and cook.
For the salsa, chop the tomatoes into quarters and discard the soft centre parts. Dice the tomatoes and add to a small serving bowl along with the other salsa ingredients. Stir to combine.
When ready to cook, place a large non-stick fry pan on medium heat and add a drop of olive or peanut oil. While the pan is heating up roll the chicken mixture into pattie shapes and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Add a batch of the chicken and quinoa cakes to the hot pan and squish them down with a spatula so that they cook quickly and evenly. Once cooked, remove from the pan and repeat with the remaining mixture.
Team these bad boys with a light summer salad and the zesty salsa and you have yourself one ridiculously tasty, light summer meal in minutes!