Burgers are always very popular with the boys, anything that they can eat with their hands and all that!
This is a bit of a double whammy recipe as any leftover cooked chicken and the cooked down marinade can be combined to become the starting point of teriyaki sushi, another popular meal in my house.
I use gluten free soy sauce, my local Asian shop is a treasure trove and I can buy an enormous bottle of GF soy sauce for the same price as a tiny one in the big chain supermarket, they also have mirin, Japanese cooking sake and the most beautiful fresh herbs, hence the coriander in these burgers.
Serves 6-8 depending on appetites and sides. For the gluten free option, I have my chicken with a side salad and some steamed rice.
4 large chicken breasts, mine were 1.2kg
175mls gluten free soy sauce
30g caster sugar
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
40mls sesame oil
8 bread rolls
fresh coriander, stems and leaves
mayonnaise mixed with a little wasabi
Take a chicken breast and cut it at an angle downwards to create one thick half and one thinner half.
Line a chopping board with baking parchment, place one of the halves on it, cover with more baking parchment and use the flat side of a meat tenderiser or a rolling pin to whack the chicken down to around 1 cm thickness.
Now, take a fork and pierce it all over.
Set aside and repeat with the other half and then continue with the other chicken breasts.
In a large bowl combine the soy sauce, mirin, sugar, garlic and ginger. Stir to dissolve the sugar.
Place the chicken into the marinade and allow to marinade for 30 minutes.
Let most of the marinade drip off and lay the chicken breasts on a tray.
Drizzle the sesame oil over the chicken breasts and rub in.
Pour the leftover marinade into a shallow pan and reduce over a high heat until thick and syrupy. Take off the heat.
Preheat the barbecue or non stick frying pan over a medium to high heat.
Cook the chicken, turning once and ensure its cooked through.
Remove to a warm plate and allow to rest for 5 minutes while you get the rolls ready.
I spread the base of the roll with a little mayo and wasabi, top with salad leaves.
Spoon a little of the concentrated marinade over the cut side of the top of the roll. It can be quite salty so check for flavour first, less is more with this sauce!
Place the chicken on the salad leaves, top with coriander and then the lid.