Chicken and Halloumi Burger

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Cooking time




  • 2 skinless chicken breasts

  • 1 tbsp oil , plus extra for frying the halloumi, if needed

  • 4 tbsp piri-piri sauce or other mild chilli sauce, plus extra for drizzling

  • ½ lemon , juiced

  • burger buns , split in half

  • 250g block lighter halloumi , sliced into 8 pieces

  • ¼ small white cabbage , finely sliced

  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise

  • 4 tbsp hummus , tzatziki or soured cream & chive dip

  • handful of rocket or 4-8 soft lettuce leaves

  • 2 large roasted red peppers from a jar, drained and sliced


  • Put the chicken breasts between two pieces of baking parchment and bash with a rolling pin until 1cm thick. Cut each into two even pieces.
  • Heat two frying pans over a medium-high heat, heating the oil in one. Fry the chicken in the oiled pan for 3-4 mins on each side until cooked through. Season. Reduce the heat, drizzle in the chilli sauce and half the lemon juice and cook for 1-2 mins more until the sauce is reduced. Remove from the heat.
  • While the chicken cooks, toast the buns in the dry frying pan for 30 secs. Transfer to a plate, then fry the halloumi in the pan (add a bit of oil if the pan is not non-stick) for 30 secs on each side until golden. Toss the cabbage with the mayo and remaining lemon juice.
  • Spoon the hummus (or dip of your choice) into the toasted buns, then top with the rocket, chilli chicken, halloumi and peppers. Drizzle with a little more chilli sauce, spoon over the cabbage, season with black pepper, and top with the bun lids. Serve with any extra cabbage on the side, or a green salad.