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Chicken Burger with Pineapple Salsa

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A good diet can help you maintain good health, and a good diet starts with tasty, healthy food. October starts the fall season, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop grilling! How about adding this turkey/chicken burger recipe to your grilling options?

It contains 228 cal., 10 g fat: 3 g sat. fat; 95 mg cholesterol., 273 mg sodium; 16 g carbohydrates; 18 g protein per serving. If you want help with your diet and/or assistance planning healthier meals that taste good--contact the Ireland Army Health Clinic Nutrition Care Division at 502-624-9713.

Chicken Burgers with Pineapple Salsa

Ingredients

1 - 8 1/4 oz can crushed pineapple, drained

1/2 cup chopped red or green sweet pepper

1/2 cup sliced green onion

2 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro or parsley

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 jalapeno or serrano pepper, seeded and finely chopped*

1 egg

1/4 cup fine dry breadcrumbs

1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed

1/2 teaspoon ground sage

1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1 pound uncooked ground chicken or turkey

Preparation

1. Salsa: in med bowl combine pineapple, sweet pepper, half of green onion, cilantro or parsley, garlic and jalapeno or serrano pepper. Cover and chill.

2. In another med bowl, combine egg, bread crumbs, rest of onion, basil, sage, seasoned salt and pepper. Add ground chicken or turkey, mix well. Make four, 3,4 inch-thick patties. Grill on uncovered grill over medium coals for 14-18 minutes or until juices run clear and thermometer inserted in side of burger reads 165F. Turn halfway through grilling. Serve burgers with salsa. (burgers could be cooked in oven, on broil for 10-12 minutes.)

Warning: hot peppers contain oils that can burn your eyes, lips and skin. Wear gloves when working with hot peppers, and be sure to wash your hands before touching your eyes.