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Crispy Chicken Burger with Chilli Mayonnaise

Crispy chicken burger with frisee lettuce, cucumber and the easiest sweet chilli and lime mayonnaise, you’ll never buy frozen patties again.

This recipe uses small chicken breast fillets and coats them in breadcrumbs with a hint of paprika to create the perfect crispy sandwich patty!

Crispy chicken breast fillet burger with sweet chilli mayo.

Homemade Breaded Crispy Chicken Sandwich

A great burger is a beautiful thing, I have no time for people that refer to burgers as junk food, burgers are simply magical!

I make duck burgers, venison burgers, fish burgers & pork burgers to name a few!

My crispy breaded chook burger uses a chicken breast fillet which results in the most wonderful texture.

I also use them in my jerk chicken burger, buttermilk fried chicken burger and peri peri chicken burger recipes. If you want a recipe using thighs check out my Korean fried chicken burger!

A little sprinkle of paprika in the egg for the pane is genius, even if I say so myself!

The word pane is the name for dipping food into flour, egg, and then breadcrumbs.

It is a technique you will see in dishes ranging from chicken goujons to a classic chicken Kyiv and air fryer chicken cordon bleu.

I use exactly the same process to make cornflake chicken breasts which would also be wonderful on this burger!

Close-up Crispy chicken breast fillet burger, cucumber and frisee lettuce.

Frequently Asked Questions

You have both air fryer and oven instructions, which is best?

From a taste and texture point of view it makes very little difference. However, the air fryer is both quicker and cheaper to use unless you are using the oven to cook something else at the same time.

Can I use low-fat mayonnaise?

Yup, I’m not a fan personally but this recipe works fine with low-fat mayo.

Can I use homemade mayonnaise?

Definitely, I assume in this recipe that you will be using store-bought mayo. But homemade mayo is glorious and it is easy as you can see from the video below.

Whilst store-bought mayo will do in a pinch it does not hold a flame to a homemade mayonnaise!

You need nothing special other than an egg, some decent oil, salt and lemon or vinegar and about 10 minutes.

Can I use a different type of lettuce?

Yes, knock yourself out!

I use frisee lettuce because it has a great combination and a bit of flavour, it is mildly peppery and bitter.

Close-up crispy chicken breast fillet sandwich with sweet chilli mayo.

Serving Suggestions.

This is a big chicken burger!

Even the smallest of chicken breasts outweigh the puny quarter-pound.

As a result, I would normally serve this recipe on its own and call it a light dinner or lunch.

But if I were to serve a side it would inevitably be something like potato wedges, straw potatoes or even these fried potatoes.

Cheesy fried polenta chips also work wonderfully with this simple burger.

Something like this super simple tossed green salad would work really well too!

Crispy chicken breast fillet sandwich with cucumber and lettuce.

Equipment Used

I only mention brands of equipment if I think that they make a material difference to a recipe. If you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comments section below the recipe.

  • Stovetop.
  • Oven or Air Fryer.
  • 3 Flat wide bowls.
  • Mixing bowl for the chilli mayonnaise.
  • Chopping board.
  • Kitchen knife.
  • Oven-proof frying pan (big enough for two chicken breasts).
  • Weighing scales and or measuring cups and spoons.
  • Meat thermometer, optional but recommended!
Crispy chicken breast burger with sweet chilli mayo, cucumber and frisee lettuce.
Yield: 2 Burgers

Crispy Chicken Burger Recipe with Sweet Chilli Sauce and Lime Mayo

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This crispy chicken burger uses a whole breast and then tops it with a glorious chilli and lime mayonnaise that will make your heart beat faster!


For the Patty

  • 2 Small Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Tsp Sweet Paprika
  • 50g (½ Cup) Dried Bread Crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp Flour
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 Tbsp Cooking Oil

For the Burger

  • 4 Tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp Sweet Chilli Sauce
  • 1 Lime
  • 2 Burger Buns
  • Frisee Lettuce
  • Cucumber


  1. If your chicken breasts have the tenders still attached remove them and freeze them for another time.
  2. Crack the egg into a wide flat bowl and season generously with salt then add the paprika and beat with a fork.
  3. Sprinkle the flour and bread crumbs onto separate plates.
  4. Take each chicken breast and first coat with the flour, then dip them into the egg.
  5. Finally, coat the chicken breasts with the breadcrumbs.
  6. Heat the oil in an ovenproof frying pan over a medium high heat.
  7. When hot add the chicken breasts "presentation" side down.
  8. Cook until golden which should take 3-4 minutes.
  9. Flip the chicken and transfer to the oven.
  10. Roast at 180°C or 350°F until the internal temperature reaches 74°C or 165°F. This should take 12-15 minutes. Or you can pop them in an air fryer at 180°C or 350°F for 8-10 minutes.
  11. Zest and juice the lime.
  12. Mix together the mayo, sweet chilli sauce, the zest and half of the juice from the lime. Taste and add salt as required.
  13. Thinly slice the cucumber and pick the lettuce.
  14. I like to build my burger in the following order. Bun, mayo, cucumber, lettuce, more mayo, chicken patty, cucumber and more mayo before adding the top!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 869Total Fat: 45gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 36gCholesterol: 207mgSodium: 1012mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 6gSugar: 15gProtein: 51g

Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

Did you make this recipe?

If you made this recipe, I'd love to see what you did and what I can do better, share a picture with me on Instagram and tag me @krumplibrian and tell me how it went!


Monday 12th of November 2018

Wonderful recipe which offers a big change from the usual beef burger. Loved these, all the flavours goes so well together, even made hubby run out just to get some cucumber (which I had missed when shopping) and we were right to get it, everything adds something and has it's place in this recipe! Thanks for sharing this with us :)

Brian Jones

Thursday 15th of November 2018

Thank you Nina, glad you enjoyed them :)

Brian Jones

Thursday 1st of February 2018

The yoghurt on the chicken really adds so much.


Thursday 1st of February 2018

OMG! I want one right now. The pictures have me wanting some.

Brian Jones

Thursday 1st of February 2018

Thanks Jacque.

Brian Jones

Sunday 5th of June 2016

Thanks Paige, the Yoghurt idea comes from Indian food or Anglo INdian food where chicken is often marinaded in yoghurt before cooking.

Byron Thomas

Monday 9th of May 2016

That's one burger I could lose my religion over! Brian, this burger looks absolutely delicious!

Brian Jones

Sunday 5th of June 2016

I think I lost my religion a long time ago and now just worship my belly, this definitely works on that front!

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