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Chicken Sliders With Zucchini Buns


At the end of the month I have this little cooking on TV gig that I’m incredibly excited about. And as much as I strive to be unique and impervious to social pressure, none of that has been able to penetrate my own vanity. After the initial shock of being asked to cook on CBS, Los Angeles wore off my first very female thoughts went something like this:

"What am I going to wear?"

"The camera adds ten pounds. Awesome."

So here I am, trying to stay as healthy as possible until I can school the Los Angeles metro area on the mid-day news with an introduction to cooking with beer all while still trying to run two food blogs that dazzle you with fun and delicious food. Not as easy for me as I’d like.

I did, however, discovered that if I give up dairy, which I already find skeevey in it’s unmanipulated state, the battle to lose those last few pounds becomes much easier. Butter and goat cheese have been the only real sacrifices, the rest has been easy to ignore or replace.

Don’t forget to come back on Wednesday when I give the best chocolate ice cream I have ever had that happens to be dairy free. It’s insane how creamy it is. You’ll want that recipe.

This recipe, which is dairy and gluten-free, gives you this delicious little mini burgers that are only about 90 calories each. And I am now one step closer to cooking on TV and not crying about it.

Chicken Sliders With Zucchini Buns


For The Patties

  • 1 lb ground lean chicken
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup panko (for GF, use crushed potato chips)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dry oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dry basil
  • 1 cup fat free chicken broth

Condiments & Toppings

  • 1 to 2 large zucchinis, cut into 1/4 inch rings (buns)
  • Avocado Slices
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Pickled Jalapenos
  • Tomato Slices


In a bowl, combine all the the patti ingredients (except the chicken broth) with your hands until well combined.
Spray the inside of a skillet (with a lid) with cooking spray, allow to get hot but not smoking.
Form the chicken mixture into patties about the width of your zucchini slices and about 1/2 inch thick. Cook on one side until browned on the bottom, flip and allow to cook for about 1 minute. Add the chicken broth until about half way up the sides of the chicken patties. Cover with a lid and allow to steam for about 3 to 5 minutes or until chicken patties are cooked through. Because fat is responsible for moist patties, very lean meat becomes dry very easily. This is the method I use to make sure the chicken is cooked through but is not dry.
Remove from pan and allow to drain.
Add the patties to the zucchini slices, top with condiments and serve.

(Makes about 8)

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amy @ fearless homemaker August 6, 2012 um 10:27 am

these look fantastic + I love that they’re low-carb to the zucchini 'buns.' you’re going to rock your tv appearance, by the way!


Jackie August 6, 2012 um 2:04 pm

Thanks Amy! I hope so. I’m not nervous yet, but I’m sure that will come sooner or later. LA is huge market!


Cassie August 6, 2012 um 12:10 pm

You are a rockstar, I can’t wait to see you on TV! Love these little sliders!


Jackie August 6, 2012 um 2:05 pm

Thanks 🙂 I hope they have a live feed on the website,but if not you know I’ll be posting a video.


Daria August 6, 2012 um 12:12 pm

I’m just now giving up gluten. I needs to spend a while learning much more or figuring out more how to do it. Thank you for wonderful slider recipe with the zucchini bun! You are so creative.


Jackie August 6, 2012 um 2:05 pm

Thank you! There are so many great websites now, so much more info out there than there used to be.


Noelle August 6, 2012 um 1:03 pm

GREAT idea! So cute. So petite! So delish I’m sure! Will definitely be trying this seeing that just about every friend has given me extra zucchini!


Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic August 6, 2012 um 1:51 pm

Oh yum! Low-cal or not, these look great!


As A Verb August 6, 2012 um 1:54 pm

First of all, these looked friggen amazing. I love the zucchini bun thing, super clever. Second of all.. . I’m goona need to know about this sauce that is picture but that you do not speak of.. .


Jackie August 6, 2012 um 2:00 pm

Thanks! THAT is my Stout & Sriracha BBQ Sauce that is over on my other blog. I love it:


Shelby August 6, 2012 um 2:10 pm

How in the world would you fit your mouth around that??? Looks good, though 😉


Chrissy August 6, 2012 um 2:52 pm

Oh, what a great idea! A good crunchy home-grown zucchini would be just the perfect replacement for a carb-loaded bun!


Kocinera August 6, 2012 um 5:08 pm

This looks so yummy! I love the healthier take on regular old burgers. Pretty plating, too! 🙂


Julie @ Table for Two August 6, 2012 um 6:30 pm

ooo congrats!!! that’s so awesome! 🙂 you’ll have to show us the taping when you’re done! these are so cute and i love that they aren’t made with carb loaded buns 😉


Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious August 6, 2012 um 8:54 pm

You gave up butter and goat cheese?! Talk about willpower! But seriously, these sliders are genius. I have to lay off the carbs man.

As for your tv segment, I totally have to throw you a party for that 🙂


Baker Street August 7, 2012 um 1:52 am

You gave up BUTTER? Really?! WOW! I’m truly impressed.

Using zucchini buns is such a fantastic idea! These do look healthy and delicious!


chinmayie @ love food eat August 7, 2012 um 6:13 am

I have been so curious to try burgers in these different veggie 'buns'. Congrats on your TV appearances! I am sure you will look fabulous 😉


Bree August 7, 2012 um 9:50 am

Guess what? I just found out I have a gig on Fox here next Friday so we are in the same boat of freaking out. Yay for you! You have so many great recipes I know you will rock it!


Jackie August 7, 2012 um 2:07 pm

That’s so exciting! Congrats 🙂


claire @ the realistic nutritionist August 7, 2012 um 10:16 am

these are SOOOOOO CUTE!!!!!!!! and you’ll knock em' dead, I have no doubts.


Gerry @ Foodness Gracious August 8, 2012 um 12:08 am

Man, I’d have said the hell with t.v and kept eating butter and goat cheese!! Wait you could have Jackie Johnson help you #lucky I’m definitely tuning in for this one 🙂


Jackie August 8, 2012 um 10:33 am

It’s completely a temporary situation, I could never give it up for good! But sometimes, a cleansing plant centric diet is just a good move for body and soul.


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