Healthy Chicken Burgers Recipe With Pickled Red Cabbage

Healthy chicken burgers with pickled red cabbage

  • serves 4
  • Easy

These Asian-inspired chicken burgers make a great, leaner alternative to the usual beef. Pickled red cabbage on the side adds an extra kick. Serve on round lettuce leaves instead of buns


These healthy chicken burgers have less than 250 calories, perfect for the 5:2 diet. Use sourdough breadcrumbs to make them extra gut-friendly. Also check out our healthy chicken wraps, healthy chicken kebabs and healthy chicken salad, plus more healthy BBQ recipes for summer.



  • red cabbage ½ small, very finely shredded 
  • lime 1, juiced 
  • rice vinegar 3 tbsp 
  • skinless chicken breasts 4, chopped 
  • ginger chopped to make 1 tbsp
  • coriander a small bunch, finely chopped
  • lemongrass ½ stalk, finely shredded
  • sesame oil 1 tsp 
  • sriracha chilli sauce 2 tbsp, plus more to serve
  • soft breadcrumbs 4 tbsp  , wholemeal or sourdough
  • soy sauce 1 tsp 
  • round lettuce leaves to serve 


  • Step 1

    Toss the cabbage with the lime juice and vinegar, and season. Put to one side at room temperature until you’re ready to serve. Heat the oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7.

  • Step 2

    Blitz the chicken, ginger, coriander and lemongrass quickly in a blender until combined. Mix in the sesame oil, sriracha and panko, and season with soy sauce. Mould into 4 burgers. Put onto a lined baking tray, transfer to the oven, and cook for 15 minutes on each side until golden and cooked through. Serve on lettuce leaves, topped with the pickled cabbage and with more sriracha on the side.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 231
  • Fat 2.8g
  • Saturates 0.5g
  • Carbs 16.6g
  • Fibre 3.4g
  • Protein 33.2g
  • Salt 1.2g