Spice things up with this pizza-flavored chicken burger recipe

Pizza-flavored chicken burgers and salad. (Linda Gassenheimer/TNS)
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By Linda Gassenheimer Tribune News Service (TNS)

Two of America’s favorite foods, pizza and burgers, combine in this pizza chicken burger. This quick dinner takes only 10 minutes to cook.

The burger uses ground chicken. Make sure the package says made from chicken breast meat only. If it says ground chicken, then skin, fat and dark meat can be used.

Helpful Hints:

— Other pasta sauce can be used instead of pizza sauce.

— Any type of cheese slices can be used.

— Any type of olive can be used.

Countdown:

— Make salad and set aside.

— Make burgers.

Shopping List:

To buy: 3/4 pound ground chicken breast meat only, 1 bottle pizza sauce, 1 package part skim milk mozzarella cheese, 1 small container black olives, 1 package whole wheat or whole grain hamburger rolls, 1 bunch fresh basil, 1 bag washed ready-to-eat salad, 1 large tomato and 1 bottle reduced-fat vinaigrette dressing and 1 can olive oil spray.

Staples: salt and black peppercorns.

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PIZZA-FLAVORED CHICKEN BURGER

Recipe by Linda Gassenheimer

3/4 pound ground chicken breast meat only

1/2 cup bottled pizza sauce, divided use

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Olive oil spray

2 slices part skim milk mozzarella cheese, about 1 ounce total

6 pitted black olives, sliced

2 whole wheat or whole grain hamburger rolls

Several basil leaves

Mix chicken with 2 tablespoons pizza sauce and add salt and pepper to taste. Shape into two burgers about 4-inches in diameter and 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Spray with olive oil spray and saute burgers 5 minutes. Turn and saute 3 minutes. Place a cheese slice over each burger. Cover with a lid and cook 2 to 3 minutes. A meat thermometer should read 165 degrees. Place burgers on bottom half of each roll. Mix olives into remaining pizza sauce and spoon over the burgers. Place several basil leaves over the sauce. Close with top of the roll.

Yield 2 servings.

Per serving: 391 calories (31% from fat), 13.4 g fat (3.5 g saturated, 4.8 g monounsaturated), 137 mg cholesterol, 45.6 g protein, 19.4 g carbohydrates, 3.7 g fiber, 364 mg sodium.

SALAD

Recipe by Linda Gassenheimer

4 cups washed, ready-to-eat lettuce

1 large tomato cut into small wedges

4 tablespoons reduced-fat vinaigrette dressing

Place lettuce and tomato wedges in a bowl and add dressing. Toss to coat salad with the dressing.

Yield 2 servings.

Per serving: 54 calories (40% from fat), 2.4 g fat (0.2 g saturated, 0.7 g monounsaturated), 2 mg cholesterol, 2.1 g protein, 8 g carbohydrates, 3.1 g fiber, 21 mg sodium.

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(Linda Gassenheimer is an author of over 30 cookbooks. Her newest is “The 12-Week Diabetes Cookbook.” Find her on Facebook (@FoodNewsandViews) and Twitter (@LGassenheimer), and listen to her podcasts at www.880thebiz.com.)
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