Portuguese Chicken Burger

Portuguese chicken burgers are a popular fast food choice, but they aren’t exactly the most nutritious meal. My version, made with crispy breaded chicken and fresh ingredients, is easy to make and tastes even better. What’s more, it’s ready in less than 20 minutes! Breading the chicken is the part that takes the longest, but that can be done in advance so all you have to do when you want to eat is cook the chicken and assemble the burgers. Top with mayonnaise, lettuce and cheese, or substitute with your preferred toppings. Finish with chilli oil if you want to add a little heat!

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Portuguese Chicken Burger

Portuguese Chicken Burger

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  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 400 g chicken breast, cut into thin schnitzels (approximately 1 cm or ½” thick) 
  • ½ cup (60 g) fine breadcrumbs (not panko) 
  • 2 tbsp plain/all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika 
  • Olive oil spray
  • 4 burger buns
  • 4 tbsp whole egg mayonnaise
  • 2 cups (60 g) lettuce, shredded
  • 4 slices gouda cheese
  • 4 tbsp chilli oil (optional)


  1. Place the chicken breast schnitzels on a flat surface. Cover with a sheet of baking paper and use a mallet or rolling pin to pound them to an even thickness (approximately 1 cm or 1/2″ thick).
  2. Add the fine breadcrumbs, flour, salt and sweet paprika to another large sheet of baking paper and combine the ingredients using a spoon. 
  3. Dredge each piece of chicken in the breadcrumb mixture using the baking paper to help, ready for the next piece of chicken. Ensure all sides of the chicken are evenly coated and shake off any excess. 
  4. Heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat and spray generously with olive oil. Cook the chicken for 4-5 minutes or until golden and cooked through, turning once halfway, adding more spray oil if needed. 
  5. Serve the chicken on burger buns with whole egg mayonnaise, shredded lettuce, gouda cheese and chilli oil, if using. 



Chicken – Refrigerate uncooked chicken schnitzels for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw completely in the fridge overnight and then cook as per the recipe.

Lettuce – Wash, dry and shred the lettuce so it’s ready for when you need it. Store in a reusable sandwich bag or air-tight container with a sheet of paper towel to absorb excess moisture. It will keep fresh for up to 3 days.


Refrigerate cooked chicken schnitzels for up to 2 days. Not suitable to freeze. 

  • Author: Nicole
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins