March 30, 2007

Cooking Light Chicken Cakes

This is from Cooking Light magazine, their Spicy Chicken Cakes with Horseradish Aioli. I'm not sure why they didn't just call these "chicken patties" - perhaps the intent was to evoke the notion of crab cakes. Certainly, they are more of a tapas-size than the sort of patty that one would put on a bun (although that is certainly easy enough to change, and these would make a rather good burger). Either way, they were pretty tasty and very simple.

I used pre-ground chicken breast, rather than mincing it myself in the food processor, which saved a little time (and the cleaning of one appliance). I certainly got a lot more colour on mine than the picture shown in the magazine (or on the above-referenced link), but deep golden brown is an acceptable colour for anything fried, as far as I'm concerned (omelettes notwithstanding).

They did stay nice and moist, and were not as subject to drying out as chicken breast often is, no doubt due in part to the presence of egg whites and light mayonnaise in the mixture. There is no filler, per se, in the recipe, which is a nice change from recipes that contain everything from rice to oatmeal to bulgur wheat to bulk them out and stretch the meat. Next time, in order to go with the Cajun spice theme, I would use a little more seasoning than called for, and probably add some hot sauce, too. I like things nice and spicy, as anyone will tell you...

3 comments:

Laurie said...

I have had this recipe printed out for a while, but still have not yet made them, seeing yours makes me want to try them soon! They look really good!

Kat said...

I bet they would be fantastic, bite-sized, at my next gathering!

Dawna said...

Laurie, they're pretty tasty. I'm thinking of making burger-sized ones this summer - I think they'd grill up very nicely. It's a really quick recipe, so dive in!

Kat, bite-sized would be excellent party food - little Cajun meatballs! I'd probably want to offer two sauces - a spicy tomato as well as the horseradish (or even go crazy and bust out a real Cajun sauce, like Jezebel sauce, or a spiced up Sauce Choron...