Chicken and Vegetable Patties

A well-made roasted chicken is a great springboard for creative recipes all week long. Not only does the initial roasted meat make a great meal, but any leftover meat can be stretched into any number of other meals, plus the bones can be saved to make nutritious broth. This week I had some roasted chicken, and I had eaten all my favorite cuts from it so far: the legs, thighs, and wings. I had the breasts left, and while I know a lot of people prefer breast meat, I find it to be bland and a little stringy compared to the more luscious dark meat. In order to stretch the breast meat into multiple meals and to amp up the flavor, I made some really delicious veggie and meat patties that were actually inspired by one of my other favorite cooking blogs, Delightful Taste Buds. Their recipe was called called "'No Crabs, No Problem' Crab Cakes" which was a pretty cute name! I deviated from the original recipe so much that I thought it was worth it's own separate post instead of a link to the site. It was one of those cases where I altered the recipe to use what I had on hand and also to make the recipe a little easier---I lugged out the big food processor because I didn't have a julienne peeler, but the food processor made quick work of chopping everything.

These patties remind me of big chicken nuggets, but with much more nutritional value because of the hidden veggies. Thanks to the coconut flour, these patties stick really well together, which helps them to look really pretty and uniform, too. These were great with some smashed avocado on top or some Dijon mustard! 

Chicken and Vegetable Patties
Printable Recipe

2 cooked chicken breast (I used the all the breast meat from one roasted chicken)
1 large stalk celery, cut into chunks
2 medium carrots, cut into chunks
3 scallions, cut into a large dice
1 chopped garlic clove
2 tsp sifted coconut flour
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried chives
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp ground mustard

1/4 tsp dried dill
1/8 tsp black pepper
1 egg, lightly beaten (preferably from cage-free chickens)
3/4 cup almond meal
2 tbsp virgin coconut oil
salt, to taste, depending on how salty your roasted meat turned out

1. Place the chicken breast in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade and pulse until little pieces form.
2. Remove the chicken to a large bowl, then add the celery, carrots, scallions, and garlic to the food processor and again pulse; you may have to scrape the bowl down at least once. Add the veggies to the bowl of chicken.

3. To the meat and veggies add the coconut flour, and all the herbs and spices and the egg. Mix until the coconut flour absorbs all the moisture and when you squeeze a little handful it doesn't fall apart.
4. Sprinkle the almond meal onto a plate. Form the chicken mixture into 10 little patties. Gently press each side of the patties in the almond meal and also roll the edges into the almonds...roll the edges as if it were a wheel for even coverage.
5. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat and add the oil. Add the patties and cook on the first side. It's best not to flip and move them around too much until the egg is set or they might break. Once browned on the first side, flip and brown on the second. Cool slightly a couple of minutes on a wire rack, then serve.

Note: To re-heat them, a dry pan proved best for me.

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