Bored Cook In The Kitchen

Tried and true recipes, new twists on old favorites, and new dishes to expand my family's palate.

Chicken & Cilantro Cakes


A few months ago I visited one of my favorite food blogger sites: Kathy at Polwig.

She had just updated her cooking section with a dish she called Chicken Cakes with Herbs and I knew right away I wanted to give them a try.  I did and exactly as her post described they were not only simple, easy and delicious, but my family too requested I make them again several times that week. 

Kathy’s recipe calls for two herbs: chives and basil.  By the time I made them the second time for my family I was out of these herbs and my garden was long done, so no fresh basil to pick from.  I did have a large bunch of fresh cilantro sitting in my fridge so I used that in place of the chives and basil.  It gave it a completely different twist, and when I decided to make these into slider style cakes and top them with some fresh Pico de Gallo, it became pure heaven.

I will tell you this, these are delicious anyway you choose to make them.  Simple and tender, you can use Kathy’s version with chives and basil, add the fresh cilantro like I’ve tried, or add whatever fresh herb you want as the dominant flavor in this dish.  Fresh rosemary might be good, too. 

I’ve made these with both ground chicken and ground turkey and both were equally delicious.  Unlike other burgers or bites made with lean ground turkey or chicken these are not dry in the least.  I lend that to the addition of the grated mozzarella cheese. 

My next venture with these is to vary the cheese and see what else I can come up with.  No matter how you make them, I bet your family will be begging you to make them over and over again.  Simple and delicious.  Perfect.  These are great as a main meal or even made smaller for an appetizer with a dipping sauce.  Maybe some honey mustard, ranch or chipotle sauce.  Yum.

If you haven’t checked out Kathy’s blog you really should.  She shares her family, home and her kitchen with you.  If you want something different and unique for dinner or lunch, check out what she has to offer.  Her recipes are varied and not the ordinary everyday dish.  I bet you will enjoy her blog as much as I do.

To see how to make these tasty bites, visit her blog for the recipe Chicken Cakes with Herbs.  I followed her recipe exactly, switching out the chives and the basil for a bunch of fresh cilantro.  Other than that, they were exactly the same.  Give them a try and see what you can come up with.  The possibilities are endless!

Thanks, Kathy for a great recipe.  My family loves them!

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9 responses to “Chicken & Cilantro Cakes

  1. polwig January 31, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Thank you so much for your kind words. I made these again last night since they are everyones favorite even toddlers and my husband the germaphobe, especially when it comes to chicken said
    “are these cooked all the way?”,
    yes honey they are no longer red look,
    “why are they so moist if they are cooked?”,
    Chicken should be moist not dried,
    “that is not the chicken my mom used to serve us” 🙂

    • boredcook January 31, 2011 at 12:04 PM

      I know what your husband means. I was a little cautious first time I made them to make sure they were cooked through as well. Normally ground turkey or chicken is dry when made like this, but these are perfectly moist. Great as a burger. We love them!

  2. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme January 31, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Oh, my word, those chicken cakes sounds wonderful! This would be a very welcome break from all the rich foods we tend to have during cold weather. I’m giving these a try real soon!

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  4. SouffleBombay February 17, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    These sound interesting! I make a chicken cake but it is very different from this – with the mozz cheese I think my kids would like this…have to try! Thanks!!

    • boredcook February 17, 2011 at 6:14 PM

      These are very different from chicken cakes I have made in the past. Anything I tried resembling a chicken or turkey burger proved to be nothing but dry.

      These are so moist it’s unbelievable. They are addicting.

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